7 January 2013
NO ONE would much like the idea of eating 6lb of tomatoes a day
But if their goodness was popped in an easy-to-swallow pill that you were told might prevent strokes and heart attacks you would probably be putting in an order tomorrow.
Researchers believe they may have come up with just that after trials on the supplement Ateronon.
The daily pill contains a chemical called lycopene which makes tomatoes red and is known to break down fatty deposits in the arteries.
A Cambridge University study found taking the capsule boosted blood flow and improved the lining of vessels in patients with pre-existing heart conditions. It also increased the flexibility of their arteries by 50 per cent.
The scientists believe it could limit the damage caused by heart disease – responsible for 180,000 deaths a year – and help cut the 49,000 deaths a year from strokes.