There are hundreds of varieties of tomatoes in our daily diet. From sauces and soups to salads and juices. Tomatoes are everywhere. But what exactly is the health benefit of tomatoes for bodybuilders?
Not only are they excellent sources of vitamins and minerals but also low in calories, about 25 calories per one medium-size tomato.
Bodybuilders can take full advantage of tomatoes’ goodness because they are rich in potassium which is associated with heart health and proper muscle and nerve function. Potassium promotes vasodilation or the widening of the blood vessels which leads to a decrease in blood pressure.
Tomatoes also contain phytonutrients and vitamins with potent antioxidant properties.
Due to their versatility tomatoes can be included in any dish and they don’t lose their nutritional potency when they are cooked.
Research has revealed that adding tomato juice to your post exercise nutrition regimen can assist the body in recovering from strenuous workouts. Tests were recently conducted on 15 athletes over a period of two months. Nine of the subjects drank tomato juice after exercise and six consumed an energy drink. The athletes who were drinking tomato juice had quicker levels of muscle recovery and their glucose levels returned to normal faster after exercise. The outcome of this study was published in the Food and Chemical Toxicology Journal.
Reduction of oxidative damage after exercise
These findings supported research conducted by Swedish researchers at the Stockholm University who have found that tomato juice helped to reduce oxidative damage after exercise.
They discovered tomato juice was responsible for turning off inflammatory signals which inhibited recovery and accelerated muscle fatigue.
Researchers at the University of Manchester have recently discovered that lycopene, the red pigment in tomatoes, can guard against the harmful effects of gamma radiation.
A drawback of tomato juice is the high sodium quantity which can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease.
Choose reduced-sodium varieties of tomato juice and check labels to make sure it contains 100 percent tomato juice.