Updated on 7 November 2014
Lycopene present in tomatoes was rich in antioxidants that can protect against prostate cancer
Singapore: A new study indicates that tomatoes not only add taste to the food but also prevent the consumer from prostate cancer.
UK researchers highlighted that men who consumed more than 10 portions of tomatoes each week reduced their risk of prostate cancer by 20 percent. Researchers revealed that lycopene present in tomatoes was rich in antioxidants, that can protect against DNA and cell damage.
The research, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, was carried out in collaboration with the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford.
With 35,000 new cases and 10,000 deaths annually, prostate cancer is the most common cause of cancer deaths in UK. Cancer experts recommend that eating a balanced diet rich in vegetables and low in processed meat would further reduce the risk.
Ms Vanessa Er, Bristol University, said,"Eating the recommended five servings of fruit or vegetables or more a day was also found to decrease prostate cancer risk by 24 percent." The team indicated that further studies were necessary to confirm the findings.