Can Tomato juice intake suppress serum concentration of the sensitive indicator of physiological and environmental damage to DNA (8-oxodG) after an extensive physical activity?
This question was addressed by a recent study conducted by Mats Harms-Ringdahl, Dag Jenssen and Siamak Haghdoost (Nutrition Journal May 2012). Researches were looking to see if a tomato juice intake could protect against ROS. The reactive oxygen species which is a marker of oxidative stress which spontaneously arising during the normal oxygen metabolism. A diet full of antioxidants from vegetables and fruits can reduce oxidative DNA damage.
The results indicated that a daily intake of tomato juice, equal to 15 mg lycopene per day, for 5 weeks significantly reduces the serum levels of ROS, after an extensive physical exercise.
Enjoy drinking tomato juice after physical exercise.
Choose organic & fresh tomatoes for tomato juice!
Reference: Nutrition Journal 2012, 11:29 (2 May 2012)
How to make tomato juice
- 2-3 fresh organic ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped
- 2-4 chopped celery sticks
- 1 teaspoon of chopped fresh organic ginger
- ½ fresh organic lemons
- Pinch of black pepper
- ½ teaspoon of Himalayan salt
- ¼ cup of tap water (if needed)
Mix all ingredients through a juicer or in a high-speed blender.