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Cut BP risk, get glowing skin: 8 reasons to add tomato to your diet and beauty regime

Tomatoes are a rich source of antioxidants and vitamins. You can also incorporate them in face masks for smooth skin.

fitness Updated: Sep 01, 2017 15:04 IST
Tomatoes are a great source of Vitamin C.
Tomatoes are a great source of Vitamin C.(Shutterstock)

A tomato a day has numerous health benefits. Did you know it can even reduce prostate tumours and cut risk of skin cancer? Now, there are more reasons to include the humble fruit to your staple. Tomatoes can also serve as antioxidant and reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure. Sonia Narang, wellness expert at Oriflame India and Mehar Rajput, nutritionist and dietitian at Fitpass, a provider of access passes to gyms and fitness studios, share some benefits of tomatoes:

* Tomatoes are great source of vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, folate, potassium and other nutrients, where one medium tomato equals to 22 kcal, 0gm fat, 5 gm carbohydrate, 1 gm dietary fiber, 1 gm protein, 5 gm of sodium.

* Tomatoes contain an antioxidant called Lycopene, which not only imparts red colour but also renders tremendous health benefits like reduction of cholesterol, improving vision and skin improvement.

* Including tomatoes daily in your diet can reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure because tomatoes are rich in potassium. An adequate amount of potassium in the diet helps reduces water retention hence the puffiness on the face. One large tomatoes equals to 431 mg of potassium which is almost 10 per cent of your daily requirement.

Tomatoes help repair sunburnt and dull skin. (Shutterstock)

* Tomatoes are low in calories, a great source of fibre plus have low Glycaemic index. It also contains considerable amount of Alpha - Lipoic acid which is an antioxidant.

* Tomatoes can be considered highly beneficial for your skin, face and hair as they contain all forms of major carotenoids such as alpha-beta carotene, lutein and lycopene. Out of these, Lycopene contains the highest antioxidative property, which is an excellent natural astringent and helps in reducing open pores. Using food with high content of lycopene, tomatoes reduce the damage caused to the skin from UV-A exposures.

* Since tomatoes are considered as an amazing fruit for removing black heads off your face, rub a tomato slice on the affected areas of your skin.

* Repair sunburnt, dull and uneven skin tone by applying a home-made mask of tomato pulp mixed with curd. Just apply the mask on your skin and wash it off with cold water after 15 minutes. It will repair your skin tone realistically and make it feel refreshing.

* Tomatoes are also a good source for removing acne. The vitamin A, C, K and acidic properties of tomatoes help in reducing and clearing up of acne off your face. Apply the pulp on your face and wash it off after 10 minutes to witness the results.

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