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Researchers tie tomato intake to stroke prevention

Posted by RHHAdmin on Oct 10, 2012 12:52:00 AM

Many people enjoy eating tomatoes already, and new research hints the fruits could become an important aspect of elderly care.

According to a study recently published in the journal Neurology, eating tomatoes could lead to a lower risk of stroke. The researchers suggest this could be because the fruits are high in lycopene.

The researchers looked at more than 1,031 men from Finland who were between the ages of 46 and 65. The authors observed the levels of lycopene in the test subjects' blood at the beginning of the study before following them for 12 years.

The report finds that men who had the highest amount of lycopene in their blood were 55 percent less likely to have a stroke.

"This study adds to the evidence that a diet high in fruits and vegetables is associated with a lower risk of stroke," said study author Dr. Jouni Karppi, of the University of Eastern Finland in Kuopio. "The results support the recommendation that people get more than five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, which would likely lead to a major reduction in the number of strokes worldwide, according to previous research."

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Topics: Health News, Nutrition, Stroke