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New "Tomato Pill" May Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke

BBC News reported that British scientists have developed a natural supplement made from tomatoes which could prevent heart disease and stroke.

The active ingredient in the "tomato pill" is a strong antioxidant called lycopene , which blocks bad, artery clogging LDL cholesterol.

Previous supplements using lycopene have been less effective due to the poor absorption properties of the antioxidant. This new supplement, however, is made from special Italian tomatoes called tangerine tomatoes, which contain an extra-potent form of lycopene.

Initial trials, which included 150 participants with heart disease, have shown that the supplement can reduce oxidation of harmful fats in the blood to near zero within two months.

Neuroscientist Peter Kirkpatrick, who will lead further research at Addenbrook's Hospital at Cambridge, says this new supplement shows promise and may be more effective than the statin drugs currently used to treat high cholesterol.

More trials are needed to verify the initial results.

The new supplement, called "Ateronon", offers an entirely new approach to treating high blood cholesterol and is already available in the UK.

While further testing is necessary to prove the effectiveness of Aternono, you may get health benefits by following the Mediterranean diet which is rich in vegetables, legumes, fruits, whole grains, and healthy oils, such as those found in fish, olives, and nuts.

This healthy diet, which is typical of people who live in the European countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and metabolic syndrome, lower blood pressure and protect against neuro-degenerative diseases like Alzheimer's.

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