According ayurveda vaidyas tomatoes imbalance all three doshas. Tomato has to be cooked and deseeded before using. Tomatoes are very good for men health.
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Tomato is an edible fruit and belongs to nightshade family or Solanaceae. It is almost sour to taste (amla rasa) . Tomato is a rich source of vitamins (vitamins A and C), anti oxidants and folic acid. Tomatoes contain an important pigment “lycopene”. This pigment is responsible for red colour of tomatoes. Lycopene has attracted the attention of researchers due to its antioxidant properties. Apart from lycopene, these fruits contain a wide array of beneficial nutrients and antioxidants, including alpha-lipoic acid, choline, folic acid, beta-carotene and lutein.
Tomatoes and Ayurveda :
Based on principles of ayurveda tomato increases all three doshas (vata dosha, pitta dosha and kapha dosha) , especially pitta. It is very juicy and reduces the intensity of digestive fire or agni. This can cause indigestion. It remains sour even after digestion hence can cause acidity and flatulence in some people. The untoward effect of tomatoes can be reduced by cooking it with spices like turmeric, long pepper and cumin seeds or Jeera.
Health Benefits of Tomato:
Good Source of Vitamin A and C
Tomatoes are a good source of potassium and vitamins, specifically Vitamin A and Vitamin C.
Vitamin A is an antioxidant and comes from the carotenoids, such as beta-carotene, found in tomatoes. As an antioxidant, Vitamin A helps protect your body’s cells from free radicals that could damage them. Free radicals are produced when the body breaks down food or by environmental exposures, like radiation and cigarette smoke. But protection against the effects of free radicals is not the only benefit. Vitamin A also impacts healthy vision, bone growth, cell functions, reproduction and immune system function.
Just like amla or Indian gooseberry , tomatoes contain plenty of vitamin C which is also considered an antioxidant, protects your cells from the effects of free radicals and is important for your connective tissue, bones and skin. Additionally, Vitamin C aids in the absorption of iron and promotes healing. Most of us increase our Vitamin C intake when we feel like we are getting sick, or are sick, in order to give our immune system a boost. Regular consumption of this fruit helps to slow down aging process.
Supplies plenty of Fiber
Aside from these vitamins, tomatoes are also a good source of fiber, which may lower cholesterol levels, manages blood sugar levels in diabetes and helps prevent colon cancer. Fiber even helps maintain a healthy weight. Foods high in fiber tend to require more chewing time, giving your stomach a chance to recognize when it is full. Also, high-fiber foods tend to make you feel full longer.
Lycopene in Tomato
Tomatoes contain lycopene, a carotenoid and antioxidant that gives tomatoes their color. Scientists are trying to find the role of lycopene in prevention of cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, some studies have shown that people who have diets rich in tomatoes have a lower risk of developing certain cancers, especially, stomach, lung or prostate cancers. It is also suggested that lycopene is beneficial for cardiovascular health, but no conclusive evidence has yet been provided for this statement.
Tomatoes for Diabetes:
High fiber content and presence of chromium in tomatoes help to reduce blood sugar level. The antioxidants in this fruit are known to prevent occurrence of age related diabetes.
Tomatoes for Heart Diseases:
Tomatoes are very good source of potassium, niacin, folate and vitamin B6. These aid to reduce blood pressure and thus prevent heart diseases.
Tomatoes for men’s health: Erectile Dysfunction and Sperm Count
According to a study, lycopene the key nutrient of tomatoes can boost fertility of men. The research shows that it can increase sperm count by 70 percent.
Tomatoes reduce blood pressure, blood sugar level and help in weight loss. They also increase sperm counts. All these properties make this herb suitable for use in Vajikarana Therapy (an ayurvedic aphrodisiac therapy). This fruit can be considered as natural herbal ayurvedic remedy for erectile dysfunction
For Eye Health:
Due to their antioxidant properties and high concentration of vitamin A tomatoes can ward of eye diseases especially macular degeneration.
Vitamin K and Calcium present in these fruits help to build strong bones ( asthi dhatu).
Tomatoes for Skin health:
Tomatoes exhibit anti-aging properties. Numerous beneficial antioxidants in this fruit can prevent ageing of skin and hair. Free radicals which are the main enemies of skin and hair get destroyed by powerful antioxidant lycopene.
How to consume tomato – An Ayurveda View
Never eat tomatoes with cucumber, dairy products, melon and yogurt or curd. These combinations constitute opposite foods and pave way for accumulation of toxins (ama). Persons who can digest tomatoes without any discomfort can eat them raw or drink as juice. Don’t forget to add a dash of powdered pepper and cumin seeds while consuming raw tomatoes. People who are not comfortable with raw tomatoes can cook them with spices like turmeric, pepper, cumin seeds etc; and incorporate them in their diet. Tomato soup is an ideal dish for these persons.
Who Should not Consume Tomatoes
Persons with kidney stones, arthritis and joint pain should not consume tomatoes
Home remedies with Tomato:
- Consuming raw tomatoes or drinking sugarless tomato juice or drinking tomato soup before meals help to supply plenty of fibers (which fill the stomach) and nutrients with fewer calories. This helps to reduce body weight and reduces obesity.
- Cut a tomato horizontally and dip the cut surface in sugar. Rub this on cleaned face. This acts as a natural scrub which cleanses the skin and slows down ageing process.
- Mash the tomato pulp and apply it on cleaned face as a face pack. After 20 minutes wash it off with plain water. The lycopene enzyme of tomato aids in warding off wrinkles, acne, pimple and scars.
- Regular consumption of tomato juice keeps anaemia at bay
- A glass of tomato juice with a dash of rock salt or sendha namak and pepper powder helps to relieve morning sickness.
- Mix one spoon of tomato puree, ½ spoon of lemon juice, pinch of turmeric and ¼ spoon of gram flour. Apply this paste under eyes. Dark circle and puffy eyes reduce with regular use of this remedy.
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