Tomatoes: Another food to consider for brain health
Tomatoes are still another food you should include for a healthier brain. While they don’t always make the top 10 lists for brain health, they do show up often.
The most common nutrient you hear about in tomatoes is lycopene. That is another antioxidant that helps prevent many forms of cancer and vascular disease. Anything that involves the blood flow will naturally affect the brain as well. Recently tomatoes have been shown to protect against osteoporosis as well.
A nice thing about tomatoes is they are as good when processed as raw, since the lycopene is easier to absorb when has been processed. So you can eat them fresh, frozen, or canned and still benefit. Fresh tomatoes do offer more help in lowering cholesterol and triglycerides though. Apparently nutrients in tomatoes help stop “aggregating” or clumping of some platelet cells. The clumping can act like the build up that narrows blood flow, much as place can do.
All that and possible aid in resisting Alzheimer’s disease. You would think I would be past being surprised by it, but it still amazes me how fruits and vegetables can work in our bodies. One day soon I am going to compile my own list of what to eat each day. What would be fascinating would be to see what levels are at the beginning and then again at the end of 4 to 6 weeks. With all the anti-oxidants, the anti-inflamatory properties, and more, I bet a difference would be clear that quickly.
For Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner
It is easy to include some form of tomatoes in your diet. They are yummy with cheese in eggs, wonderful on a salad, in a sandwich, and are commonly added to soups and stews. One of my favorite salads is sliced or diced tomato and avocado with salt or lemon. Avocado is considered a healthy fat or oil. It is very good for you. The taste with the tomato is exceptional.
Of course there is spaghetti sauce too, used is so many dishes. And salsa. And tomato juice.