Several studies have suggested that tomatoes have anti-cancer properties. For example, research has shown that lycopene—the carotenoid that gives tomatoes their red color—may help fight cancer. Now, a new study suggests whole tomato extract may help treat—and even prevent—cancer of the stomach (gastric cancer).
According to researchers, whole extracts from San Marzano and Corbarino tomatoes can prevent the growth of stomach cancer cells, reduce the cells’ malignant properties—inhibiting the ability of the cancer cells to spread—and destroy cancer cells. Results of the study were published in the Journal of Cellular Physiology.
Researchers determined that a number of components in tomatoes—including lycopene—are beneficial. Additional studies are needed to determine if certain tomato varieties have different effects on cancer.
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