In the distant past tomatoes were thought to be toxic in nature and a contributing factor in the development of conditions such as cancer, brain fever, and appendicitis. Research, however, has shown evidence to the contrary.

Tomatoes have been found to be rich in vitamin A, containing 15% of the daily requirement, and vitamin C, with some 40% of your daily requirement. These vitamins, also called antioxidants, are known to fight off the effects of free-radicals, known to cause cell damage in the body.

The presence of potassium and vitamin B help to lower high cholesterol levels and blood pressure. This will aid in the prevention of heart attacks and strokes.

Tomatoes are an excellent food for aiding in vision improvement due to its high concentration of vitamin A. Tomatoes also contain a high amount of chromium which has been proven to be helpful in controlling your body’s blood sugar level. Thus, diabetics will certainly benefit from consuming tomatoes.

Tomatoes also have high levels of lycopene, which is a compound that behaves in a similar manner as an antioxidant, making it another free-radical fighter. Studies have shown that the amount of lycopene in a tomato actually increases with cooking. Consuming about 1 1/2 servings of tomatoes weekly can lead to a lowered risk of prostate and other cancer development.