Health Benefits of Growing Tomatoes

 

Tomatoes aren't only nutritionally healthy for you, they also benefit your health to merely grow them.

Tomatoes, and other red fruits and vegetables, contain a carotenoid antioxidant called lycopene. Lycopene is especially good for diseases and ailments related to the cardiovascular system.

Scientists from the Liverpool John Moores University Nutraceutical Research group have discovered that tomatoes must be cooked, with some form of oil, in order for the lycopene to become available to the human body for use.

Processing the tomatoes increases the concentration of available lycopene so products like tomato juices, ketchup, salsa, soups, and sauces measure higher lycopene than raw tomatoes.

Studies reveal that eating these products also show reduced risks of prostate cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease, and high cholesterol.

Cancer, heart disease and stroke are the three major killers and lycopene, which is readily available in tomato products, is a natural nutrient preventative available to everyone.

Studies show that even just growing tomatoes, and other plants, have a great physical and mental healing property.

First of all, gardening is physical activity which is very beneficial.

But gardening is mentally beneficial because it is a release for emotions and creativity. The pulling of a weed releases anger. And creative expression is released by the placing of plants and flowers so they are attractive.

The psychological benefit of being outside is unmatched by any other activity.

Growing and tending your own garden is a powerful stress reliever.

Studies reveal that just viewing a garden or nature has healthy psychological benefits. Studies show that women recovering from breast cancer surgery can reduce their depression by merely walking in a beautiful flower garden.

The planting of a seed, watching it grow, tending to it's needs, and harvesting the fruits of your labor can do wonders to gain a sense of accomplishment and raise self-esteerm.

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Author: Marilyn Pokorney
Freelance writer of science, nature, animals and the environment.
Also loves crafts, gardening, and reading.
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