Tomatoes may offer a key to beating stomach cancer

May 14 2017 - 7:19am

Researchers say that tomato may help to effectively fight stomach cancer.


Tomatoes are a delicious fruit which may help to significantly lower the risk of stomach cancer. Tomatoes are a primary food in the healthy Mediterranean diet.

Rates of stomach cancer have gone down considerably in the past several decades due to positive lifestyle changes. Infection, smoking and diet are three primary risk factors for stomach cancer which seem to have been addressed more aggressively over the years. Reducing work associated stress may also lower your risk for stomach cancer. Eating fresh broccoli sprouts has also been noted as having the potential to decrease the risk of stomach cancer.

Tomatoes should be investigated to help develop supportive strategies aimed at fighting gastric cancer

Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO) has reported via Newswise that it has been suggested by a new study that tomatoes should be investigated to help develop supportive strategies aimed at fighting gastric cancer. Research has shown that whole tomato extracts inhibit gastric cancer cell growth and features of malignancy.


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Daniela Barone, who is a researcher at the Oncology Research Center of Mercogliano (CROM), and who was one of the authors of this study, says the antitumoral effect of tomatoes does not seem to be related to specific components of this fruit, such as lycopene. Instead it has been suggested that the value of tomatoes should be given consideration in their entirety.

Extracts of tomato varieties were found to inhibit the growth and cloning behavior of cells which are malignant. Treatment with extracts from the whole tomato affected primary processes within the cells which ultimately lead to cancer cell death via apoptosis. Apoptosis is process of programmed cell death reports the National Institutes of Health.

Tomatoes have potential for both cancer prevention and as a supportive strategy for use with conventional therapies

Professor Antonio Giordano, who is Director of the Sbarro Institute for Molecular Medicine, says the results of this study give reason for more investigations of the potential use of specific nutrients for both cancer prevention and as a supportive strategy for use with conventional therapies. It has been noted that distinct species of tomatoes may exert different effects, in various stages of a certain neoplasm. In this study whole tomato extracts were used from two different Southern Italy cultivars.

This study has been published in the Journal of Cellular Physiology. Gastric cancer is an aggressive neoplasm with a mortality index which ranks among the highest worldwide. Predisposing factors for this serious cancer include infection with Helicobacter pylori and a diet which is rich in salted and smoked food, with a low consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. This study has indicated that eating San Marzano and Corbarino varieties of tomatoes may be considered as nutritional support in cancer prevention and for the diet of cancer patients. Tomatoes may offer a tasty way to help beat stomach cancer.

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