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Harvard reports says eating tomatoes may help reduce blood clot risk

Harvard reports says eating tomatoes may help reduce blood clot risk (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy those delicious healthy tomatoes and, no matter how you enjoy eating them, there's another great reason to include them on your menu.

Did you know those wonderful juicy tomatoes that taste great this time of year can help stop a stroke?

A report in the Harvard Health Letter says the stuff that makes tomatoes red, called lycopene, not only appears to reduce the risk for certain cancers, but also it appears to help lower stroke risk caused by blood clots by nearly 60 percent.

Several years ago, researchers started studying lycopene to evaluate its role in prostate and breast cancer prevention.

Since then, they discovered lycopene is so powerful as a disease fighter, that some growers have tried to make what they call “double strength” lycopene tomatoes.

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