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Does a tomato extract lower blood pressure?

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The American Journal of Hypertension has published a report indicating that Lyc-O-Mato, a natural tomato extract, may help lower blood pressure in hypertensive patients.

In a single blind, placebo-controlled crossover trial, Dr. Esther Paran, the study's principal investigator, evaluated the effects of Lyc-O-Mato on grade 1 hypertensive patients. In the study, 30 patients between ages 45 and 60 got a daily dose of identical placebos for the first four weeks, followed by a 250 mg daily dose of the Lyc-O-Mato for the final eight weeks of the study. Preliminary results indicated a significant reduction in systolic blood pressure in treated patients.

Epidemiological studies indicate the body absorbs and uses tomato including lycopene most beneficially when consumed with oil. Foods like tomato sauce, prepared with natural oils, is a good source of absorbable phytonutrients. Lyc-O-Mato is the only standardized all-natural tomato extract that delivers phytonutrients including lycopene, phytoene and phytofluene in the tomato's own oil, along with natural vitamin E and other phospholipids.