Getting Off Cardiovascular Meds – Tomato’s Powerhouse Antioxidant Lycopene Widens Blood Vessels By More Than 50 Percent

Cardiovascular medications, especially those for hypertension, constitute approximately 25 percent of all prescribed medications in the world. By decreasing vascular resistance and blood flow these drugs have many side effects including blood disorders, impotence, inflammation of the liver, elevated blood glucose, increased heart rate, depression and even cancer. It turns out that the antioxidant lycopene, which is found in tomatoes and in other yellow, red, and orange vegetables, is a valuable alternative that is capable of widening blood vessels by more than 50 percent according to new research in PLOS One.

According to the new research from the University of Cambridge, a daily supplement of an extract found in tomatoes may improve the function of blood vessels in patients with cardiovascular disease, making many health experts now question the use of dangerous drugs when natural alternatives can effectively treat the same cardiovascular conditions without the side effects.

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Lycopene Helps Prevent Prostate Cancer

Lycopene is an antioxidant carotene that is responsible for the red color of tomatoes, one of the primary food sources in people’s diets. Unlike beta carotene, lycopene does not potentially convert to vitamin A. Various studies have indicated that lycopene is associated with less occurrences of prostate cancer. Several new studies pinpoint precise mechanisms that explain why lycopene is a helpful nutrient for men who wish to reduce their risk for prostate cancer. (more…)

The mineral your prostate is begging you for

When you talk to your doctor about prostate health, the last thing you’d expect from him is a natural prostate solution that heads prostate troubles off at the pass.

Luckily, you have other options — and they start with the manly mineral that’s essential for your prostate health.

It’s zinc, and here are the two most important things you need to know about it:

1) The highest concentrations of zinc in your body are in your prostate.
2) Up to 60 percent of American men don’t get enough zinc. (more…)

CAM and the American Society of Clinical Oncology

Every year, tens of thousands of the world’s oncologists gather in Chicago for the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). This huge meeting brings together cancer specialists as well as many others involved in this burgeoning field, including hundreds of journalists and, of course, representatives of the big pharmaceutical companies. (more…)

Phytochemicals shown to protect skin from sun damage

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. According to reports, 65% of new cases of melanoma are related to exposure to UV rays, or the sun. This simple, yet profound fact has led to a mass media campaign advocating liberal use of sunscreen. Unfortunately, critical research on the importance of phytochemical protection against UV rays has largely been ignored. A large body of evidence has shown that phytochemicals found in fruits and vegetables protect the skin from sun damage. (more…)

Lycopene Beneficial for Heart Health

Hyperlipidemia is an elevation of one or more of the following: cholesterol, cholesterol esters, phospholipids, or triglycerides. Although cholesterol has received much negative press, in normal quantities, it is essential for life. Cholesterol and triglycerides, as the major plasma lipids, are essential substrates for cell membrane formation, steroidal hormone synthesis, and production of bile acids. Accumulating evidence has linked elevated total and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and reduced high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) to the development of coronary heart disease. Research has shown that abnormalities in the way cholesterol is transported in the blood are the culprits in setting the stage for arteries to become damaged and clogged with plaque. (This is the condition known as “atherosclerosis.”) (more…)

Lycopene Beneficial for Heart Health.

Hyperlipidemia is an elevation of one or more of the following: cholesterol, cholesterol esters, phospholipids, or triglycerides. Although cholesterol has received much negative press, in normal quantities, it is essential for life. Cholesterol and triglycerides, as the major plasma lipids, are essential substrates for cell membrane formation, steroidal hormone synthesis, and production of bile acids. Accumulating evidence has linked elevated total and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and reduced high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) to the development of coronary heart disease. Research has shown that abnormalities in the way cholesterol is transported in the blood are the culprits in setting the stage for arteries to become damaged and clogged with plaque. (This is the condition known as “atherosclerosis.”) (more…)

Protecting the Prostate

The prostate gland is part of the male reproductive system and its primary function is to produce fluid to transport semen. The prostate consists of 30 percent muscular tissue and 70 percent glandular tissue and its normal adult size is that of a walnut or a chestnut. The prostate gland’s position is in an especially critical area of the male anatomy. The prostate gland is in direct contact with the bladder. The prostate gland also wraps around the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder downward to and through the tip of the penis.1 (more…)