Summer! The season of tomatoes fresh from the garden! Tomatoes, though, should be a critical part of your diet throughout the year, as full as they are of nutritional goodness and phytochemicals such as lycopene that have proven to be wonderfully protective of our health even if they aren't within the lists of standard nutritional guidelines.
The vitamins in tomatoes include vitamin C, E, K, and a number of B vitamins including beta carotene and a nice share of biotin thrown in. As mentioned, the tomato contains lycopene as well which is a powerful antioxidant that has been found to prevent cancers of the digestive tract.
Natural Cures: Men especially should eat a couple of tomato meals a week -- preferably with cooked tomatoes -- as its lycopene is a powerful natural cancer preventative protecting the prostate.
Our readers offer information and opinions on Earth Clinic, not as a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested by anyone on this site. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.
05/21/2009: Betty from Cape Town, South Africa: "can anyone tell me if fresh tomatoe is effective for hyperpigmentation? Will the lycopene stain your skin?"
[YEA] 01/22/2009: Veronica from Denver, Colorado U.S.A.: "Tomatoes (Remedy): I have recently been made aware of the benefits of tomatoes. For facial skin: I was told to cut a slice of tomatoe and rub it on my clean face before going to be and wash off in the morning. The results are amazing it is closing my pores, it has demolished the acne on my face almost inmediately, cleared my face tone and texture. I rub it all over including my mouth and eyes, my skin is looking fantastic.
For hair loss, shine and thickness and growth, I was told to puree fresh tomatoes and apply to clean hair, preferably leave it on overnite and wash off in the morning. It is really messy and I have noticed the first time lost of shine and less breackage, however it being so messy I have not stuck to the regimen wich should be twice a week.The person that told me about this had a problem with her hair thinning and acne, she swears by it and has beautiful hair and skin. Also was told drink it for overall good health, processing it through a juicer by itself or with other vegetables, I will do so, as soon as get the juicer and write back.
03/06/2009: Tee from Chicago, IL replies: "What kind of tomatoe was it or do you think it doesn't matter?"
EC: Not sure about that, but tomatoes (especially organically grown) are rich in vitamin C and also contain some vitamins B and A. Apparently vitamin C content increases as the tomato ripens.
06/14/2010: Ce from Carrollton, Tx replies: "I have found that to be somewhat true, not saying nay about that. But what I have found is that I have had to juice a combination of things.
Let me tell you, I really had terrible skin that was getting worse and worse. It made me feel very ugly, and I am not a bad looking woman (not bragging.) I'm by no means gorgeous, but I am pretty for the age of 53. Anyway, I read up on what foods are good for skin that have the right nutrients for skin, hair and nails. I found that cucumbers contribute to the smoothness of the skin. Oranges, Limes, Grapefruit all are loaded with vitamin C as well as other nutrients and most importantly collagen which is the cement which glues all of your cells and organs in place. I use carrots, but not a lot in one day so that my skin doesn't turn orange for the beta caroteine. Also, tomatoes which is also loaded with vitamin C and Lutein. There are other fruits and veggies I add with this like blueberries, and blackberries, which are your antioxidants. There is so much more to the human body that we don't know much about, but if you ask God and pray about it for several days, he will give you the needed answers for all our health and beauty issues. He has the answers."
08/08/2011: Dennis from Grand Forks, N.d. replies: "For an upset stomac, I found out for me the best and fastest remedy is tomatoes which I consume in a letuce tomato sandwich. My mother also told me that dad would go for a sweet tomato sauce for it."