A new study in the journal Neurology found that older men who had relatively high blood levels of the antioxidant lycopene were less likely to have a stroke!
Of the over 1,000 men looked at in the Finnish study, the lycopene lovers had a lower incidence of stroke over 12 years.
Lycopene is a chemical that gives the reddish color to fruits and veggies like tomatoes, red peppers, watermelon, papaya and more.
Tomatoes specifically have high concentrations of lycopene.
The study isn't definitive but anything to get people eating more fruits and veggies is never a bad thing.
As an antioxidant, lycopene can also help to protect the body's cells from damage that usually ends in disease.
So, next time you make a sandwich, make sure not to skip the tomato!
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