5 Health Benefits of Tomato Juice

Tomato is one of the most common and popular vegetables, all because of its versatility and bountiful health benefits. If you cannot eat many tomatoes at once and you would like to take the maximum benefits of tomatoes, think of tomato juice. The juice prepared from raw tomatoes, came into practical use by the public around the twentieth century.  Before we find some of the major health benefits of tomato juice, let us have a glimpse on its nutrition contents.

Tomato Juice Benefits

Benefits of Tomato Juice (Image via: morgueFile.com)

With as low as 17 calories, and practically no fat and cholesterol, tomato juice is full with various types of vitamins and minerals.

Nutrition Facts (Per 100g of Tomato Juice)
Energy 17 kcal
Protein 0.78 g
Total lipid (fat) 0.13 g
Carbohydrate, by difference 4.00 g
Fiber, total dietary 1.0 g
Sugars, total 2.38 g
Calcium 31 mg
Iron 0.97 mg
Magnesium 11 mg
Phosphorus 19 mg
Potassium 188 mg
Sodium 10 mg
Zinc 0.14 mg
Vitamin C 9.3 mg
Thiamin 0.045 mg
Riboflavin 0.055 mg
Niacin 0.712 mg
Vitamin B-6 0.111 mg
Folate, DFE 8 µg
Vitamin A, RAE 6 µg
Vitamin A, IU 117 IU
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 0.68 mg
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 2.9 µg


Health Benefits of Drinking Tomato Juice:

1. Tomato juice reduce the risk of cancer

Lycopene, an important constituent of tomato juice which provides the red color to this unique nutritious fruit is considered a potential agent for prevention of some certain types of cancers, particularly prostate cancer. Due to the antioxidant properties of tomatoes, drinking tomato juice also helps to protect the cells and other body organs from damages.


2. Cut back your hunger and thus reduce your body weight

Another surprising benefit of tomato juice is its ability to help in weight loss. Drinking tomato juice flushes out the toxins and helps shed that those extra kilos. Some studies have revealed out that dehydration often enhances your appetite.  As tomatoes are rich in water content, consumption of a tumbler of tomato juice before your meal will help you cut down your food consumption. [Read more on Tomato Juice for Weight Loss]


3. Lower the danger of developing cardiovascular diseases

Certain nutrients like folic acid, niacin and vitamin B6 help keep the heart illnesses such as myocardial infarction and atherosclerosis at bay.  As tomato juice is rich in fiber, drinking it helps break down bad LDL cholesterol. Niacin found in raw tomato juice is also helpful in treating high cholesterol and keeping the heart healthy.


4. Ward off thrombosis

A recent study revealed that, a daily consumption of a tumbler of tomato juice lowers aggregation of blood platelets, and thus help ward off thrombosis. The vitamin K present in tomato juice provides you the necessary protection from bleeding.


5. Lower your risk of developing inflammatory conditions

A cording to a recent study, TNF-alpha levels in the blood is reduced by a daily consumption of a tumbler of tomato juice.  This TNF-alpha usually results in inflammatory conditions, and is generally increased in persons suffering from chronic inflammatory and degenerative ailments, such as osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease.


According to the latest studies conducted by the General Chemical State Laboratory of Greece, which was in print in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology; tomato juice decreases the oxidative injury to muscles as well as to the brain following an exhausting work out.  In a study conducted in some volunteers in Stockholm, the levels of 8-oxodG were tested in these volunteers following excessive exercise.  This 8-oxodG is an indicator of oxidative injury to the body tissues, which was lowered in those who consumed tomato juice.

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