Tomatoes and watermelons contain pigment – lycopene, which repairs damaged blood vessels by diseases and increases their permeability.
An experiment conducted in USA that included 36 healthy people (control group) and 36 individuals with cardiovascular disease. They took either a placebo or a preparation containing lycopene.
At the beginning of the experiment and at the end, scientists have investigated permeability of blood vessels of volunteers (one of cardiovascular health markers). It was found that in patients with cardiovascula disease and in healthy volunteers receiving the drug with lycopene, the permeability of blood vessels increased by 53%.
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These findings also supported by statistics: people who are actively consuming tomatoes and watermelons, less likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease.