Reduced Risk of Stroke from eating Tomatoes

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers found that people who had the highest levels of lycopene in their blood had a 55 percent reduced risk for stroke compared to those who had the lowest levels. Tomatoes contain an abundant amount of lycopene, which is an antioxidant. The study results were published in the October 9, 2012 print edition of Neurology.

The research involved 1,031 men from Finland between 46 and 65 years of age. The men were followed for an average of 12 years. At the start of the study, their blood levels of lycopene were measured. Over the duration of the study, 67 men suffered a stroke.

Twenty-five of the 258 men with the lowest amounts of lycopene had a stroke. Only 11 of the 259 men with the highest levels of lycopene had a stroke. The researchers also wanted to see if the stroke was caused from blood clots.

The stroke risk difference was even more pronounced when they compared lycopene levels against blood-clot strokes. The researchers said that the men who had the highest level of lycopene had a 59 percent reduced ischemic stroke risk when compared to the group who had the lowest levels.

The researchers also looked at levels of other antioxidants, including alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, alpha-tocopherol and retinol. These antioxidants did not show a reduced stroke risk.

The study author, Jouni Karppi, PhD, of the University of Eastern Finland in Kuopio, said that these results provides even more evidence that a diet full of vegetables and fruits is related to a reduced risk for stroke.

By: Marsha Quinn
Health Reporter

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