Tomato pills could treat heart disease

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
Experts say a tomato pill would not be an adequate substitute for other heart disease treatments, but could be helpful when taken alongside other medications.

Experts say a tomato pill would not be an adequate substitute for other heart disease treatments, but could be helpful when taken alongside other medications.

(NBC) - A new study suggests a daily "tomato" pill may benefit people with heart disease.

Researchers gave a group of heart patients either a placebo, or a daily supplement containing seven milligrams of lycopene, an antioxidant in tomatoes and other fruits.

They found lycopene improved blood vessel function by almost 53 percent compared to those taking the placebo.

Experts say a tomato pill would not be an adequate substitute for other heart disease treatments, but could be helpful when taken alongside other medications.

Lycopene did not have any effect on blood pressure, cholesterol or arterial stiffness.


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