Cancer, undoubtedly, is a horrifying state of a body. It is characterized by the uncontrolled division of the cells. In 95% of the cases, it has been reported to be lethal. It destroys the organism completely leading to its death.
It has no defined treatment but chemotherapy which employs the use of chemicals in order to destroy the tumor. Still, the chances of survival of the patients are not assured. Surgeries have also opted as a solution to cancer where the part affected by the tumor is completely removed or the tumor cells are eradicated out of the body only, if accessible easily.
However, cancer can be reduced or prevented using natural remedies which include vegetable juicing, probiotic foods, immune-boosting supplements, stress-reducing techniques, and meditation.
Turmeric, ginger, or green tea are popular cancer-fighting foods. But a recent study declared tomatoes to be equally significant against cancer. They are reported to diminish the risks of stomach cancer to a considerable extent.
A study was carried out by the Researchers at theTemple University and the Mercogliano Oncology Research Center in Italy. They analyzed the tomato extract in order to conclude its effects on the tumor cells. The extract was found to inhibit the colonal growth of malignant cells lines in gastric cancer. It was reported that the extract prevented the migration of the tumor cells to the essential organs of the body. It impacted the neoplastic features of the cells and detached them from the primary tumor site causing them to die.
San Marzano and Corbarino were the two tomato varieties used in particular. The former is preferred for pizza sauce because of their sweet flesh and low acidic content. They grow near Mount Vesuvius and posses a meaty skin and lower number of seeds. The latter grows in Monti Lattari area of Campania. They are sweet, pear-shaped, juicy, and of low acidic content.
Gastric or stomach cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer in the world. The researchers accredited not only lycopene but the whole tomato for the anti-tumor effects it exhibits. The respective findings were recorded and published in the Journal of Cellular Physiology.
The constituent components of tomatoes have long been under extensive studies for the determination of their anti-cancer abilities.
Lycopene, for example, has been reported to destroy the harmful free radicals of the body. It is antioxidant in nature and gives tomatoes their characteristic red color. Small amounts of lycopene are also the part of watermelon, grapefruit, and guava etc.
Studies have reported Lycopene to be effective against cancers of essential organs like the lungs, stomach, pancreas, colon, and breast etc. It also reduces the risks of cardiovascular diseases, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol effectively.
Tomatoes are also a rich source of vitamin C, folate, potassium, and vitamin K that are proven to be potent enough to benefit the human body against many diseases.
Folate promotes the normal growth of cells and tissues ensuring their normal functioning too. Vitamin K prevents blood clots and coagulation that may promote cancers insignificantly. The other two balance the pressure of blood and destroy the free radicals produced in the body. Naringenin is a flavonoid found in the skin of tomatoes and decreases inflammation and abnormal growth of the cells.
Further investigation is needed to discover whether other kinds of tomatoes could have a similar effect. It would be valuable to find out which ones are the most prevailing cancer fighters.
In the meanwhile, organic tomatoes must be employed in our diet. They must be cooked before consumption because cooking enhances the bio-availability of lycopene. In case you don’t want to cook them, they could be consumed with cheese, sliced and served with vinegar. They could be incorporated in your daily salad too.
Daniela Barone, Letizia Cito, Giuseppina Tommonaro, Agnese Anna Abate, Danila Penon, Rocco De Prisco, Antonella Penon, Iris Maria Forte, Elisabetta Benedetti, Annamaria Cimini, Paola Indovina, Barbara Nicolaus, Francesca Pentimalli, Antonio Giordano. Antitumoral Potential, Antioxidant Activity and Carotenoid Content of Two Southern Italy Tomato Cultivars Extracts: San Marzano and Corbarino. Journal of Cellular Physiology, 2017; DOI: 10.1002/jcp.25995