Can tomato juice protect you against osteoporosis?

Tuesday 23rd November, 2010

According to new research from Canada, two glasses of tomato juice per day can strengthen bones and help protect against osteoporosis.

Scientists from the University of Toronto and St.Michael’s Hospital, Toronto found lycopene – the pigment in red fruit and vegetables that acts as an antioxidant – can slow the degeneration of bone cells.

The study involved 60 postmenopausal women aged 50 and 60 years. The women refrained from eating any foods containing antioxidants or lycopene. This triggered a significant increase of N-telopeptide, a chemical released into the blood when bone is broken down.

For the next four months, the women were randomly assigned to one of four groups taking either 15mg of lycopene from tomato juice, 35mg of lycopene from tomato-juice rich in the pigment, 15mg of lycopene from a capsule or a placebo containing no lycopene.

Results showed that the women taking either supplements or tomato juice absorbed the same amount of lycopene and showed a significant drop in levels of N-telopeptide. Other substances such as beta-carotene (a vitamin found in tomato juice) increased.

Researchers concluded that reduced levels of N-telopeptide caused by taking lycopene supplements or drinking two glasses of tomato juice per day are comparable with postmenopausal women who supplement their diet with calcium and vitamin D – two substances that are recommended for the prevention of osteoporosis.

The research was funded by tomato juice manufacturers, the makers of the lycopene supplements and various other organisations and was published in Osteoporosis International.



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