Saturday, 1 February 2014

The Tomato Effect

Tomatoes are available in plenty. There wouldn't be a kitchen without a tomato. Heard some say " wish i had baby soft skin on my face". Why not use a small slice of tomato to make your skin baby soft? Tomatoes are also known for hair treatment. Here I would like to share some useful information on tomatoes.

Tomatoes are rich in vitamins like Vitamin A, B1, B3, B6, C, E and K and minerals like potassium, manganese, iron and phosphorus. All these vitamins and minerals in turn have numerous scientifically proven beauty and health benefits.

Tomato is full of anti-oxidants, so its application as well as consumption helps you to remain young and energetic. The red color in tomato is due to a fat soluble anti-oxidant known as lycopene. Skin with high lycopene is less affected by the harmful rays of the sun. Natural consumption of lycopene from tomatoes enhances softness of skin. The acidity in tomato helps to balance the pH levels in your hair bringing back its natural color. Tomato will add shine to dull, damaged and lifeless hair. It gets rid off itchy scalp as well as dandruff.

Application of tomato juice/rubbing a slice of tomato on your skin have many benefits such as:

  • Reduces skin tan
  • Counters skin-discoloration
  • Helps in treating and preventing skin acne
  • Shrinks open pores 
  • Regulates secretion of sebum in oily skin
  • Makes your skin softer
  • Makes your skin intact 
  • Delays aging and wrinkling
  • Gets rid off itchy scalp and dandruff
  • Acts as a conditioner for hair
  • Adds shine to hair

A word of caution:

Eating too many tomatoes may cause some side effects. Tomatoes should be of a moderate consumption in your diet.

Tomatoes are acidic vegetables which may cause acidic reflux - a condition in which the digestive acids in your stomach rise and leak through the muscle(acting as a valve) between your stomach and esophagus, burning your esophagus.

The seeds in tomatoes aggravates diverticulitis- inflammation in the diverticulum, especially in the colon, causing pain and disturbance in the bowel movement.

One medium sized tomato contains 1025 IU of Vitamin A, just under half of daily recommended Vitamin A. If you were to eat 10 tomatoes in a day, you would exceed the vitamin A upper limit which could lead to nausea and headache.

Tomatoes are rich in Vitamin C. Eating too many tomatoes can cause an overdose in Vitamin C which may lead to the development of kidney stones.

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