Homemade immune-boosting stewed tomato juice for your heart, protecting from sunburn on your skin...
Rich in vitamin C, Vitamin C plays a role in the formation of collagen, the connective tissue in your gums, muscles, and skin. The vitamin supports normal brain function and helps keep your immune system working properly as well.
Tomatoes are a good source of lycopene, which is an antioxidant that might reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, and macular degeneration. The cooking process brings out more of the lycopene in tomatoes, making the cooked variety a significant source of the antioxidant, notes a 2002 article published in the "Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry." Tomatoes also contain other antioxidants, such as beta-carotene, that help fight cell damage that can cause cancer, heart disease, and other chronic health conditions.
One drawback to canned or jarred tomato products is that they often contain large amounts of added sodium. A 1-cup serving of cooked tomatoes contains 460 milligrams of sodium, which is about one-fifth of your daily limit of 2,300 milligrams. Too much sodium can contribute to heart disease and stroke.
Eat cooked tomatoes with a small amount of food that contains fat, such as olive oil or cheese. A 2006 article published in the "European Journal of Clinical Nutrition" reports that fat helps your body absorb the lycopene and antioxidants in cooked tomatoes.
1. Add all ingredients in your clay pot.
2. Set on stew to cook for 25 minutes.
3. Drain the juice into a glass. Drink when it’s chilled or lukewarm.
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