Tomato-Rich Diet Could Help Protect Against Breast Cancer, Small Study Suggests
Posted: 12/22/2013 8:31 am EST Updated: 01/23/2014 1:38 am EST
Tomatoes could help boost levels of a hormone that plays an important role in sugar and fat metabolism, a small new study suggests, potentially lowering the risk of breast cancer among women already at risk for the condition.
Research published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism shows that women who were randomly assigned to eat 10 weeks of tomato products (that contained 25 milligrams of lycopene each day) also experienced higher levels of this metabolism-regulating hormone, adiponectin.
"The advantages of eating plenty of tomatoes and tomato-based products, even for a short period, were clearly evident in our findings," study researcher Adana Llanos, Ph.D., MPH, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Rutgers University, said in a statement. "Eating fruits and vegetables, which are rich in essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals such as lycopene, conveys significant benefits."
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