Harness tomatoes in the fight against cancer

Tomatoes, or “love apples” like my 8 year-old niece would call them, are probably one of my favourite fruits. (And just in case you have any doubt, tomatoes are actually fruit and not vegetables.) It’s not just their sweet, delicious taste that appeals to me, but also the fact that they have a powerful and versatile range of health benefits…

For instance, I just read a very interesting study that showed how tomatoes could potentially hold the key to saving you from stomach cancer.

Fair enough, these results are based on laboratory tests, so there’s still a long way to go before researchers can begin with human trials. Nonetheless, it was still very interesting to read that after researchers applied extracts of whole tomatoes to stomach cancer cells in a lab dish not only did the growth of the cancer cells slow down but some of them even died.

These results look very promising, but in a way I’m not surprised at all because we already know that people who eat the least amounts of fruits and vegetables are at the greatest risk for developing stomach cancer. Unfortunately, most of us aren’t getting enough fresh produce in our diets – which is maybe why stomach cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer worldwide.

And if there’s anything that these results are telling me, then it is that we can all add more tomatoes to our diets. Apart from their potential cancer protective benefits, tomatoes also contain loads of powerful antioxidant lycopene, which studies have shown to lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of stroke risk, and – gentlemen – slashes your risk of prostate cancer.

The San Marzano and Corbarino tomato variety, both from southern Italy, have shown to be the most potent in terms of providing cancer protection. And an added benefit is that both of these varieties are lower in acid so they’re less likely to give you acid reflux.

You can also buy the seeds of San Marzano and Corbarino tomatoes and grow them in your own garden! Just keep your crops free from chemical pesticides and weed-killers.

To a healthier life,

Thomas Smith