Can drinking tomato juice a day really reduce your waistline by several centimeters? This study we found over at Complete Health & Happiness details how tomato juice affects our body. Tomato juice have been linked to several health benefits but most recently has it been linked to weight loss as well. Read on this study and let us know what you think!
The participants consumed 280 mL of tomato juice per day, containing 32.5 mg of lycopene
The researchers recruited 30 young generally healthy women and assigned them all to receive a daily glass of tomato juice for eight weeks. There was no control or placebo group, and the women were told to continue their normal diet and exercise schedule. Twenty-five women completed the study.
Results showed that, despite no changes in overall food intakes, the women displayed significant reductions in body weight, body fat, waist circumference, and BMI. Reductions in cholesterol and MCP-1 levels were also observed, while significant increases in levels of adiponectin, triglyceride, and lycopene were observed for the women.
“Chronic inflammation of adipose tissue is frequently observed in obesity and is alleviated by body fat reduction, while MCP-1 secretion by adipose tissue stimulates macrophage infiltration and increases inflammation,” wrote the researchers.
“Lycopene has been shown to modulate adipokine expression and secretion in animals and cell culture. In line with this notion, this dietary intervention trial demonstrated that tomato juice supplementation shifts circulating adipokine levels towards an anti-inflammatory profile. Moreover, this response was independent of the tomato juice-induced anti-adiposity effect.”
The researchers noted that a lack of placebo group is a weakness of the study, and added that because the women were of normal/healthy weight it is not possible to extend the findings to overweight and obese individuals.
Experts in Australia analysed the results of 14 international studies into the benefits of lycopene over the past 55 years. They concluded that it could provide a natural defence to raised levels of so-called ‘bad cholesterol’ — or low-density lipoprotein — in the blood.
The effect was comparable to small doses of statins which are used to treat millions with high cholesterol or blood pressure
According to Tufts and Boston University researchers, the highest average intakes of lycopene were linked to almost a 30% reduction in the incidence of cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease, respectively, according to findings published in the British Journal of Nutrition.
If you want to learn more about what you can get from drinking tomato juice a day – read the complete article over at Complete Health & Happiness.
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