A study suggests another benefit of tomatoes, for the prevention of breast cancer. As reported by the Huffington Post, a study conducted by scientists from Rutgers University, UK found that eating tomato 1 piece a day can help increase the production of the hormone adiponectin that is associated with the onset of cancer.
The hormones in the body involved in the metabolism of fat and sugar, then stop storing fat and sugar so that someone can avoid obesity.
Research published in the pages of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism mentions that with reduced fat and sugar stored in the body, then the probability of the occurrence of breast cancer will be getting smaller.
“It is known that obesity is a major factor in the increased production of breast cancer cells. So eat tomatoes can be a friend of women in preventing cancer,” said Adana Llanos, Ph.D., a researcher from Rutgers University.
Tomatoes have previously been known with a high content of vitamin C, minerals, phytochemicals such as lycopene, which is very good for health and fight free radicals. Free radicals are toxins that can damage body cells and cause cancer or premature aging.
The study involved 70 women with pre and post-menopausal age as research material, which is at risk of developing breast cancer. Half of the participants actively and regularly eat tomatoes for 10 weeks, while the other half did not.
The final results showed levels of the hormone adiponectin in women who regularly eat tomatoes rose 9% and the risk of obesity and breast cancer decreased.