Tomato Juice and Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer is one of the most
common types of cancer that strikes men above age of 60 years. Even younger men who have family history of
prostate cancer are likely to be suffering from it. Being so common, men everywhere are looking for alternatives
either as prevention or treatment. One of the foods that are shown to have anti-cancer properties on the
prostate gland is tomato. Tomato juice and prostate cancer are positively associated with each
While there are few dietary related causes for occurrence
of prostate cancer, there are also some specific foods that can prevent or treat or even cure it.
One of such foods is tomato. Cancer research has proven that tomato juice has presence of a useful constituent
called lycopene that is effectual in preventing prostate cancer. This constituent is a phytochemical and also
known by the name of carotenoid. This very constituent imparts red color to tomato. Lycopene has several
antioxidant and anti- tumor (including malignant tumors) properties in it that prevents body from developing
cancer as well as several other diseases.
Lycopene: Lycopene is an important constituent present in tomatoes
that reduces the risk of prostate cancer up to 45 percent. Case studies have revealed that those who had
insignificant tumors present in their bodies were able to restrict its reach to nearby organs.
Lycopene is able to stabilize the presence of free
peroxyl oxygen radicals inside the body thus curtailing the growth of malignant cells. It also averts the
impending damage to the DNA that may occur due to any biological change in body.
Some more definite advantages of lycopene are as follows:
Serves as a significant vivo antioxidant
Enhances cell-to-cell contact
Modulates cell-cycle development
Provides vital support to cardio-vascular system
Oral intake of lycopene helps in treating oral leukoplakia
Reduces risk of pancreatic cancer
Diminishes secondary tumors
Provides relief from bone pain and urinary tract infection
Since tomato juice has ample amount of lycopene present
in it, it is strongly advocated for preventing cancer. While it is never harmful to consume tomatoes in any form
(raw, juice, paste or sauce), it is always better to eat it cooked, according to researchers of the Cornel
University. Cooking the tomatoes, however, reduces its vitamin C. In addition, excessive intake of lycopene may
result in lower level of prostate specific antigen (PSA). Thus the perfect level of lycopene must be maintained
in order to fight prostate cancer effectively.
Tomato Juice Preparation
It is recommended to consume fresh tomato juice rather
than processed or preserved preparation. Tomato juice, in its fresh form, is able to retain its basic nutrients
to a greater extent. Here is a simple recipe to prepare tomato juice easily at home -
Take few (3 to 4) ripe tomatoes of medium size and boil
them in a pan. Boil the tomatoes for 10 to 15 seconds and then take them out. Now put the boiled tomatoes in icy
water. This will soften their outer skin to be peeled off easily. Remove or retain (as per preference) the
tomato seeds before grinding them in food processor. Fresh tomato juice is ready to be consumed. Add seasonings
to it as per taste.
Conclusively, lycopene enriched tomato juice is a natural supplement that has ability to protect prostate, and
other body parts, from cancerous cells. It may not be an autonomous cure for prostate cancer, but can certainly help in diminishing the risk.