Latin name: Solanum lycopersicum, Lycopersicon esculentum
Sanskrit/Indian name: Raktamaci, Tamatar
Tomato is an important culinary ingredient that is often eaten raw. The fruit is also revered for its therapeutic benefits. It is a potent antioxidant, a rich source of vitamins and minerals, lowers cholesterol, revitalizes the skin and maintains gastrointestinal health.
Therapeutic constituents:Tomato contains folic acid, pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin K and inhibitols, which are related to vitamin E. The principal organic acid present in the Tomato fruit is citric acid. Carotenoids, ß-carotene and lycopene have also been found in Tomato. These are antioxidant agents that scavenge free radicals and delay wrinkle formation. The alcoholic extract of Tomato has central nervous system depressant and analgesic properties.
Key therapeutic benefits:
- As an antioxidant, Tomato is a key ingredient in anti-aging products. Lycopene, a highly effective antioxidant found in Tomato, is responsible for scavenging cancer-causing free radicals.
- The fruit prevents serum lipid oxidation, which protects against cardiovascular disease.
- Rich in vitamins and minerals, Tomato is a rejuvenative that maintains overall health.