Tomato Extract for Healthier Arteries?

A compound found in tomatoes may help fend off vascular diseases, according to a laboratory study[1] recently published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research. In tests on mice, scientists found that a substance called 9-oxo-octadecadienoic could combat dyslipidemia (a condition caused by abnormal buildup of cholesterol[2] and/or fat in the bloodstream). By stopping dyslipidemia from setting in, the study’s authors note, it may be possible to prevent vascular diseases such as atherosclerosis[3] (also known as hardening of the arteries).

Past studies show that other substances in tomatoes might help protect against atherosclerosis. Lycopene[4], for instance, may reduce the buildup of plaque in the arteries. An antioxidant also found in watermelon and pink grapefruit, lycopene has been found to fight prostate cancer[5] and enhance lung health as well.

For more help in preventing atherosclerosis, it’s important to avoid or manage risk factors like high cholesterol, high blood pressure[6], obesity[7], heavy alcohol use, and smoking[8].

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