Lyc-O-Mato® Reduces Blood Pressure
BEER-SHEVA, Israel—Consumption of tomato lycopene lowers blood pressure in individuals with hypertension, according to new research conducted at Ben-Gurion University, Israel, and presented at the American Society of Hypertension’s 20th Annual Scientific Meeting and Exposition.
In a randomized, double blind, placebocontrolled crossover trial, Esther Paran, M.D., evaluated the effect of tomato extract (as Lyc-OMato ®, from LycoRed Ltd.) on blood pressure, endothelial function and plasma lycopene levels in grade I hypertensive patients. Daily intake of tomato extract was linked to a significant drop in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure after eight weeks of supplementation.
“The results of this study are particularly important because our subjects had previously been unsuccessful at lowering their blood pressure using one or two drug methods,” Paran said. “We attribute the reduction in blood pressure to the antioxidant activity of the tomato extract Lyc-O-Mato and the increase in nitric oxide. Eating a diet rich in tomato products and other antioxidant-containing fruits and vegetables is certainly a smart move. But, a person would need to consume about five tomatoes to get the nutrients in one tomato extract capsule.”