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Eating tomatoes helps fight stomach cancer

Eating tomatoes helps fight stomach cancer, according to the latest research from Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO).

Tomatoes are sometimes mistaken as vegetables, but they are actually fruits from the nightshade family. They are sweet, juicy, and perfect for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

While they taste delicious raw, they are more potent when they are cooked, as their nutrition gets unlocked.

Cooked tomatoes (such as in tomato sauce or tomato paste) not only increases the lycopene content that can be absorbed by your body, but also increases the total antioxidant activity,” explains Dr. Joseph Mercola, a leading physician and nutrition expert. “Consume your tomatoes, whether raw or cooked, with some type of fat, such as olive oil, since lycopene is a fat-soluble nutrient,” Mercola adds.

The new study shows that tomato extracts from Southern Italy may inhibit gastric cancer cells from growing.

Their antitumoral effect seem not related to specific components, such as lycopene, but rather suggest that tomatoes should be considered in their entirety,” says Daniela Barone, researcher at the Oncology Research Center of Mercogliano (CROM), and one of the authors of the study.

The researchers found that the whole tomato extract was able to stop the spreading and growth of stomach cancer cells. Ultimately the extract caused cell death in the cancer cells.

Our results prompt further assessment of the potential use of specific nutrients not only in the cancer prevention setting but also as a supportive strategy along with conventional therapies,” says Prof. Antonio Giordano, Director of the Sbarro Institute for Molecular Medicine, Temple University and Professor of Pathology and Oncology at the University of Siena, Italy.

Distinct species may exert different effects, in different stages of a certain neoplasm,” adds Barone.

According to the American Cancer Society, in this year, about 28,000 cases of stomach cancer will be diagnosed. Almost 11,000 people will die from stomach cancer this year as well.

The study showing that eating tomatoes helps fight stomach cancer was published in the Journal of Cellular Physiology.

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3. “Antitumoral Potential, Antioxidant Activity and Carotenoid Content of Two Southern Italy Tomato Cultivars Extracts: San Marzano and Corbarino.” Journal of Cellular Physiology. Wiley, n.d. Web. 13 May 2017.
4. “What Are the Key Statistics About Stomach Cancer?” American Cancer Society. American Cancer Society, n.d. Web. 13 May 2017.

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