Consuming ten portions of tomatoes a week can lower the risk of prostate cancer, according to a recent study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.
Researchers at the University of Bristol, Cambridge University, and Oxford University observed the diets of 1,806 men who were diagnosed with prostate cancer to those of 12,005 men who were cancer free.
They found that lycopene, an antioxidant largely found in tomatoes, showed the greatest benefit of lowering prostate cancer risk with an 18% overall reduction. Other components such as calcium and selenium were also shown to deter prostate cancer risk to a lesser degree.
Other sources of lycopene include apricots, guava, watermelon, papaya, and grapefruit, although tomatoes have it in greater amounts.
Lycopene has previously been linked to lower risk of other types of cancers, such as lung and stomach cancer, due to its ability to remove oxygenated free radicals, according to the American Cancer Society.
When it comes to staying prostate-cancer free, there’s nothing like a routine checkup at the doctor’s office … or, easier yet, some tomatoes. It turns out that putting away 10 portions of the not-a-vegetable a week can lower your risk of developing prostate cancer by 18 percent, according to new research published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.
For the study, researchers at the Universities of Bristol, Cambridge, and Oxford compared the diets of 1,806 men with prostate cancer with those of 12,005 cancer-free men. They found that while consuming more selenium, calcium, and lycopene were all linked to a reduced risk of prostate cancer, lycopene— an antioxidant that gives tomatoes their bright-red hue— came with the biggest benefits.