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Japanese research has found that a nutrient found in tomatoes could prevent vascular disease.
Focusing their research on extracts which fight dyslipidemia, a condition caused by abnormal cholesterol or fat levels (lipids) in the blood, a study team led by Dr Teruo Kawada from Kyoto University, found that the extracted compound, 9-oxo-octadecadienoic, enhances fatty acid oxidation and contributes to the regulation of hepatic lipid metabolism. In layman's terms, this means that it may be able to prevent vascular diseases.
Kawada said Dyslipidemia itself usually causes no symptoms. However; it can lead to symptomatic vascular diseases, such as arteriosclerosis and cirrhosis. In order to prevent these diseases it is important to prevent an increased build up of lipids. Finding a compound which helps the prevention of obesity-related chronic diseases in foodstuffs is a great advantage to tackling these diseases. It means that the tomato allows people to easily manage the onset of dyslipidemia through their daily diet.'
Source: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research