Tomato is a plant. The fruit is a familiar food, but the fruit, leaf, and vine are also sometimes used to make medicine.
Some people use tomato for high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, cancer, and many other uses, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
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Tomatoes contain a chemical called lycopene, which is thought to play a role in preventing cancer. It's easier for the body to use lycopene that comes from tomato products, such as tomato paste or tomato juice, than from fresh tomatoes. Tomato might also help reduce the risk of heart disease and sun damage.
US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Purdue University researchers are developing a tomato that contains more than twice as much lycopene and has a longer shelf life than currently available tomatoes. The tomato, which is still in development, is modified with a yeast gene that slows the ripening process, allowing more time for lycopene to accumulate. Researchers think it will be several years before this tomato is on store shelves.
When taken by mouth: Red tomatoes, green tomatoes, and tomato leaves are LIKELY SAFE when used in the typical amounts found in food. A specific tomato extract (Lyc-O-Mato) is POSSIBLY SAFE when used for up to eight weeks. Large amounts of tomato leaf or green tomatoes are POSSIBLY UNSAFE. In large amounts, tomato leaves or green tomatoes can cause poisoning. Symptoms of poisoning may include severe mouth and throat irritation, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, mild spasms, and death in severe cases.
There isn't enough reliable information to know if tomato vine is safe or what the side effects might be.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Tomato fruit is LIKELY SAFE for pregnant and breast-feeding women to eat in food amounts. But there isn't enough reliable information to know if the larger amounts used as medicine are safe. Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts.
There are no known interactions with medications. Before taking this product, talk with your health professional if you take any medications.
Calcium: Taking calcium supplements with tomato paste can decrease the amount of a certain nutrient, called lycopene, that is absorbed into the body.
There are no known interactions with foods.
The appropriate dose of tomato for use as treatment depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for tomato. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
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