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Lycopene, A Cancer-fighting extract found in tomatoes, could also prevent heart disease and stroke, new research has found
Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant found in fruit and vegetables, widened the blood vessels of cardiovascular disease patients by more than half in a landmark study.
Constriction of the blood vessels is one of the key factors that can lead to heart attack and stroke, which kill thousands of people in the UK each year.
Doctors now believe a daily dose of lycopene or a “tomato pill” may reduce the risk of heart disease by widening the blood vessels.
The study was led by Dr Joseph Cheriyan, consultant clinical pharmacologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and associate lecturer at the University of Cambridge.
He said: “We’ve shown quite clearly that lycopene improves the function of blood vessels in cardiovascular disease patients.
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