August 14 2018

Originally posted August 14 2018

I had occasion to house sit a bit as a good friend traveled this past week, while watering the plants I took notice of the wonderful ripe tomatoes, I did resist picking them but they looked amazing.  According to Traditional Chinese Medicine tomatoes are cooling for the body and are used to promote healthy digestion, detoxification, and fluid production. Today, tomatoes are famous for their high

lycopene content.  Organic cooked tomatoes served with a little oil yield the most of this nutrient that protects the body against prostate, lung, colorectal, liver, endometrial, breast, and pancreatic cancers. Lycopene is so beneficial because, among other functions, it protects the genetic material of white blood cells, which are responsible for fighting infectious diseases.

Aside from lycopene, tomato’s high levels of vitamins A, C, and E prevent the oxidation of cells, cholesterol, and plaque build-up, thus serving heart health and addressing a variety of inflammatory conditions, including arthritis and asthma. Additionally, the tomato’s vitamin K content helps maintain bone health; the presence of chromium helps balance blood sugar levels; and its folate content works against diabetes, colon cancer, and migraines. The vitamin B6 that is abundant in tomatoes has been found to promote the protein synthesis needed for the body’s healing, mood, and energy stability.
As members of the nightshade family, tomatoes are often discouraged in the diets of any suffering from arthritis; however, no case-controlled scientific studies confirm these observations.  {this information is not intended to treat anything but offered for informational educational purposes.  If you have issues we are happy to discuss them with you and see if this would be appropriate}

I guess maybe I should have eaten them…