A team of researchers led by Jouni Karppi, PhD, of the Department of Medicine, Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland, found that chemical ingredients in foods known as Lycopene can help to reduce the risk of stroke in men. The study title “Serum lycopene decreases the risk of stroke in men: A population-based follow-up study” is being published in the journal Neurology early this week.
Researchers used a sample of 1,031 Finnish men in age group from 46 to 65 years. The study was conducted in the city of Kuopio in Finland. For duration of 12 years in the study, researchers found that men who had highest lycopene levels in their blood have lowered chances of suffering a stroke. The risks factors of getting stroke have lowered by 55% to 59%.
Chemical ingredients in foods known as Lycopene (red color) usually found in tomatoes, red peppers, watermelon and papaya. Tomatoes and tomato-related products (i.e., V8 tomato beverages) contain the most ingredients of lycopene among all foods. Lycopene contains high amount of antioxidant which helps protect cells in human body from damage. Disease occurred due to damaging cells. Experts believe lycopene also helps to combat inflammation and blood clots in human body.
(Image: V8 tomato beverages)