Drinking a glass of unsalted tomato juice a day might help lower blood pressure, said Japanese researchers in new report in Food Science & Nutrition.
Researchers at Tokyo Medical and Dental University and Tucson Plant Breeding Institute also found that Tomato juice helps reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and prevents cardiovascular disease.
“I would strongly recommend if you sip on unsalted tomato juice for the cardioprotective health benefits, you might want to add a teaspoon of cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil since research has also showcased that phytonutrient-rich foods are best absorbed with healthy fats, such as olive oil,” said Stella Metsovas, a clinical nutritionist and author of Wild Mediterranean.
Tomato might also improve CVD risk factors and could act as a fertility booster.
“Potassium is a mineral associated with lowering blood pressure and improved cardiovascular health,” according to Allie Gregg, RD, founder of “The concentration of vitamins and minerals are higher in juice given the large amount of tomatoes that need to be juiced to make up what you are drinking.”
“Tomato juice consumed daily may help men support their fertility,” said Lauren Manaker, a dietitian that focuses on reproductive health and author of Fueling Male Fertility. “One study comparing men who drank tomato juice daily for 12 weeks versus an antioxidant supplement showed better fertility parameters after the study time. This may be due to the high concentration of the antioxidant lycopene found naturally in tomato juice.”