Tomatoes are a favorite vegetable for many people, but unfortunately most of them are not fond of its juice. Some people also believe that juicing tomatoes lowers the remedial effects of the vegetable, but that is only a myth. There are various benefits of tomato juice and people who wish to get all the benefits should only use 100 percent organic tomatoes for juicing.
The major source of calories in tomatoes comes from carbohydrates, usually in the form of sugar with a little from fiber as well. The juice also contains some quantity of natural proteins which are naturally fat free.
Tomato juice is also a great source of vitamins. One serving of tomato juice contains around 170 percent of the daily need of vitamin C, which is a significant antioxidant for our body. The juice also fulfills the requirement of vitamin A for up to 15 percent. It also contains little quantity of vitamins K, B1, and B2, and niacin.
The juice is also rich in several minerals including magnesium, copper, iron and potassium. All these minerals are very necessary for many bodily functions. For instance, magnesium is vital for strong muscles and healthy bones, potassium helps to maintain the fluid balance. Iron is crucial for producing hemoglobin which is a substance in the red blood cells responsible for carrying oxygen.
The most important organic compound found in tomato juice is called Lycopene. Lycopene gives tomatoes their red color. It is also anti-oxidant in nature and contains cancer preventing properties. It acts as an anti-oxidant by protecting the organs and cells from damage caused by oxygen, while it also protects the DNA in white blood cells.
The content of Lypocene in tomato juice is also known to be effective against different kinds of cancers, such as, colorectal, prostate, breast, pancreatic, stomach and lung cancer. It also fortifies the immune system and reduces the risk of eye diseases such as cataracts.
The presence of vitamin B6 in tomato juice helps to breakdown the homocystene into safe molecules. Homocystene is a harmful compound which causes heart disease and damages the walls of blood vessels.
To make tomato juice, take six small tomatoes, six cups of water and one tablespoon of lemon juice. Put them all in a juice extractor, add a pinch of salt, stir well and refrigerate in a pitcher with a sealable top. Serve when chilled. Alternatively, you can also put the tomatoes and lemon juice in the refrigerator beforehand if you want to drink fresh tomato juice.