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tomatoesTomatoes, the most widely produced fruit in the world, contain a nutrient which could prevent the onset of vascular diseases. The compound, 9-oxo-octadecadienoic, was found to have anti-dyslipidemic affects. Dyslipidemia is a condition caused by an abnormal amount of lipids in the blood stream. It can lead to vascular disease.

Tomatoes are already known to contain many other compounds beneficial to health.

According to Physorg:

“In this study the team analyzed 9-oxo-octadecadienoic acid, to test its potential anti-dyslipidemia properties. The compound was found to enhance fatty acid oxidation and contributed to the regulation of hepatic lipid metabolism. These findings suggest that 9-oxo-octadecadienoic acid … can therefore help prevent vascular diseases.”


Physorg January 6, 2011