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That's One Hot Tomato!

As reported by Daniel Q. Haney of the Associated Press, a study by researchers from the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, Michigan, has confirmed the many reports published in the media in past months.  The Karmanos Institute, which has ongoing research in the link between cancer prevention and nutrition, confirms that tomatoes - especially cooked tomatoes - are really good for the prostate gland.

Researches gave capsules containing an extract from tomatoes, lycopene, to men with prostate cancer for a month before their prostate surgery. This significantly slowed down or improved cancer and pre-cancerous tissue in their prostate glands.

Research by Harvard University published in 1995 showed that over a period of six years, men who had at least 10 servings per week of tomato-based foods were nearly half as likely to develop prostate cancer during the study as men who did not include this much tomato in their diet.

This is one more example of the health benefits of Nature's Bounty. It was too late to save these men's cancerous prostates, but not too late for others. As the life span increases, more and more men will get prostate cancer. Many may never know it, as sometimes the cancer grows extremely slowly and never causes symptoms. Sometimes it develops and  spreads rapidly, leading to painful treatment and often death. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 179,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year.  About 37,000 of them will die of the disease.  Cures often cause impotence or incontinence. Obviously anything that slows down or even prevents this miserable disease is worth doing.

In addition, if tomatoes can protect against prostate cancer, it's probable that they offer some protection against other cancers and disorders.   Other studies by the Lycopene Organization indicate tomatoes provide some protection against skin damage from ultraviolet rays and against cervical cancer.

Can you get these lycopene capsules?  Sure.  If there is a history of prostate cancer in your family you may decide to take them (See the LycoRed Industries site).   But actual tomatoes probably have lots of other health benefits in addition to lycopene that scientists haven't yet discovered, plus valuable vitamins and minerals, and they taste so good that including them in the diet is easy.

Gals, fixing lots of tomato dishes is a loving thing you can do for the men in your lives and the rest of the family as well.  Teach your children and grandchildren to enjoy the "love apple", as tomatoes were once known.  Remember, to fully make use of the lycopene in tomatoes, they need to be cooked.  Think pizza, spaghetti, lasagna, soup, tomato juice, V-8, stewed tomatoes, chili, tacos, salsa, even catsup and barbecue sauce!  What delicious ways to be good to your family and yourself.

Try the recipe for Breakfast Tomatoes in our Recipes file; it's easy, fast, and a delicious way to start the day!  Grilled Garlic Tomatoes is another choice, and Hot Dilled Baby Tomatoes a novel, cute and tasty treat.

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