Starting with the basics, tomatoes contain large amounts of vitamin C, providing 40 percent of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA). The red pigment in tomatoes is called lycopene. Lycopene acts as a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect the body from free radical damage. Several studies suggest a diet rich in lycopene offers a significant reduction in the risk of developing prostate cancer and may offer protection against other cancers such as lung, breast, colorectal, esophageal, cervical, and oral. Furthermore, research indicates that lycopene may promote heart health. The vitamins A, C, and E in tomatoes also act as antioxidants. We know that antioxidants neutralize the damage of free radicals and provide anti-aging benefits.
Additional health benefits include: