Tomatoes is a vegetable that is grown all over the world. It is an annual vegetable fruit crop with fluffy leaves with pervasive fibrous root and deep tap root. The stems are hairy. The fruits are red and fleshy, roundish, oval smooth or could be furrowed. The flesh is also reddish with seeds interspersed with the flesh. South America is considered the origin of tomatoes. Today, tomatoes are grown widely in most part of the world.
TOMATOES NUTRITIONAL/ BIOCHEMICAL CHARACTERISTICS
Tomatoes is rich in the pigment called lycopene, minerals like calcium, phosphorous, and Iron. It has high Vitamin C content.
TOMATOES MEDICINAL VALUE
GENERAL TONIC OR DETOXIFY OF THE BODY
Tomatoes juice is considered a good blood tonic that helps to wash away the body waste products and poisonous substances The juice is a good blood purifier and detoxify The juice should be taken every day
TOMATOES AND PROSTRATE CANCER PREVENTION
One of the greatest health challenges that middle age and old men face is prostrate cancer, apart from hypertension and diabetes. The prostrate gland is small harmless gland that complements the male sexuality It produces a seminal fluid that dilutes spermatozoa This gland can become cancerous and lead to complicated health challenges in men above 40.
Men in this age bracket are advice to check their risk level of prostrate cancer the prostrate can also enlarge without being cancerous. Lycopene, the red pigment in tomatoes is found to be very effective in preventing prostrate cancer. It is known that people who eat tomatoes or other fruits rich in lycopene have lower incidence of prostrate cancer to those who do not take lycopene containing fruits. Mangoes, carrot, Red Pawpaw and grape are rich with lycopene.
Although tomatoes contain organic acid like Malic acid, citric acid, oxalic acid, etc, when it is consumed and metabolized, it alkalinizes the blood thereby relieving the body of acidosis, excessive acid formation in the body.
TOMATOES AND WEIGHT LOSS
Once one BMI is 30 and above, he or she is considerd obese. Obesity has so many health implications. Consumption of tomatoes on an empty stomach every morning before meal for months will help in burning of fats and natural weigh loss.
TOMATOES AND DIABETES
As a result of low carbohydrate content of tomatoes and high nutrients value, especially Vitamin C, mineral nutrients and its anti oxidant properties, diabetics can safetly consumed consume tomatoes without endegaring their health. It will reduce their body weight, which is very helpful to diabetics
Tomatoes is very rich in Vitamin A, the vitamin that prevents night blindness and poor vision. So for those with this problem, regular consumption of of tomatoes will help in their health condition. Short sightedness is also another disease attributed to lack of Vitamin A. So, regular consumption of Vitamin tomatoes will ameliorate the health condition. Tomatoes leaves can also be boiled filtered and taken as compliment to the fruit. It is beneficial in strengthening the optic nerves to the eyes
Regular consumption of tomatoes is also helpful in control and management of respiratory problems like lung infection, tuberculosis and asthma. The tomatoes can be taken with garlic and it helps reduce the congestion in the chest
Taking tomato juice early in the morning has been found to be helpful in preventing urinary stone sufficient acid and Vitamin A and C are beneficial to clearing the urinary tract of any infective germs. The environment is made so un conducive and harsh for them by the acidic nature of the urine they are dehydrated, burnt off and washed away.
A very popular and widely grown and consumed vegetable, both in the tropics and in the temperate region. The leaves are arraigned in folds and has globe shaped head. The overlapping leaves are arranged around a stem which is invincible until the leaves are removed.
Active ingredients in cabbage include Vitamins A, B, C and some minerals like potassium, sodium, calcium, Iron, and some kind of glycoside, mirosinasa plant enzyme.
CABBAGE BENEFITS AND MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
CABBAGE AND ULCER CURE
The juice from the leaves can be taken A glass of cabbage juice juice will help relieve ulcer naturally. Dr Scheder in some of his works, “Health Through Nature” particularly highlighted the experiments validating the wound healing ability of fresh cabbage leaves. Drinking cabbage leaves juice just before meal daily for 3-4 weeks will completely heal gastro duodenal ulcers. It is suspected that the glycosides in cabbage may be responsible for this healing.
LOSS OF VOICE
Cabbage juice, because it has disinfectant properties, is a good remedy for loss of voice. The juice should be taken thrice a day using a normal glass
CABBAGE EFFECT ON CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE
Heart disease and high blood pressure benefit cabbage juice. Three glasses 3 times daily will help to normalize the body circulation system. It tends to remove cholesterol from the artires thus facilitating easy blood flow.
Cabbage also has peculiar leaves which are very rich in chlorophyll and magnesium, and a host of other minerals and vitamins especially vitamin C and A.
It helps in the elimination of worms when taken on an empty stomach.
When used as poultice on wounds, it heals such wounds very fast with little or no scars. Remove Eczematous skins and blemishes with poultices of cabbage, so also are varicose veins.
ANTI CANCER EFFECT
There are increasing bodies of evidence that the consumption of cabbage can prevent the onset of cancer or other tumors in the body. This has been scientifically theorized to likely be caused by its vitamin A content and carotene.