Tomatoes and Osteoporosis

In Health on July 4, 2011 at 2:24 am

A four-month study at the University of Toronto found women who increased their intake of lycopene, the plant pigment that gives tomatoes their red color, experienced a significant decline in N-telopeptide, a marker of bone breakdown. It is likely that lycopene’s antioxidant properties, which may counteract the metabolic by-products that would otherwise weaken bones. The study-backed dose: 30-70 mg of lycopene daily (approximately 1/2 to 3/4 cup of tomato sauce – cooked tomatoes are significantly higher in lycopene than raw tomatoes). So eat up those tomatoes, they could help keep your skeleton strong.

Our thanks goes to BH&G April 2011.

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