Tomato is a plant. The fruit is a familiar vegetable, but the fruit, leaf, and vine are used to make medicine.
Tomato is used for preventing cancer of the breast, bladder, cervix, colon and rectum, stomach, lung, ovaries, pancreas, and prostate. It is also used to prevent diabetes, diseases of the heart and blood vessels (cardiovascular disease), cataracts, and asthma.
Some people use tomato to treat high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, the common cold, chills, and digestive disorders.
How it works
Tomatoes contain a chemical called lycopene, which is thought to play a role in preventing cancer. It's easier for the body to use lycopene that comes from tomato products, such as tomato paste or tomato juice, than from fresh tomatoes.
US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Purdue University researchers are developing a tomato that contains more than twice as much lycopene and has a longer shelf life than currently available tomatoes. The tomato, which is still in development, is modified with a yeast gene that slows the ripening process, allowing more time for lycopene to accumulate. Researchers think it will be several years before this tomato is on store shelves.
Possibly IneffectivePreventing bladder cancerPreventing breast cancerPreventing diabetes
The tomato leaf is UNSAFE. In large amounts, tomato leaves can cause poisoning. Symptoms of poisoning may include severe mouth and throat irritation, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, mild spasms, and death in severe cases.Not enough is known about the safety of the tomato vine.
Tomatoes are safe when used as a food. A specific tomato extract (Lyc-O-Mato) might also be safe when used for up to eight weeks
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Tomato is safe forpregnantand breast-feeding women in food amounts. But larger medicinal amounts should be avoided until more is known.Dosing considerations for Tomato.
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