For older men, is not out of place for them to make tomatoes their favourite vegetable, as findings have revealed that nutrient found in tomatoes could help ease bladder problems, as well as reduce the expansion of the prostate.
The experts, who published their findings in the Journal Oncology and Cancer Case Report discovered that the chemical lycopene, which gives tomatoes their red colour, can reduce the expansion of the prostate.
According to the report as published on DailyMailOnline, “the gland is wrapped around the urinary tract, and its enlargement in later life can make urinating slow or difficult – a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
“The chemical lycopene, which gives tomatoes their red colour, can reduce the expansion of the prostate and help ease bladder problems in older men, experts believe”
The Lead author, Professor Hiten Patel, from the University of Tromso in Norway, said: “We knew lycopene seems to slow down prostate cancer, but now it seems it can slow down the enlargement of the prostate and development of BPH as well.
“We need more research before we can say it should be recommended routinely, but this review is very promising”.
One of the problems highlighted was that lycopene is not easily absorbed by the body. However researchers believe that giving it as a pill could get round this.