Scientists have claimed that a new trial into the tomato skin pill Ateronon shows that it could cut the risks of heart attacks, strokes and cancer.
Ateronon is a natural food supplement that contains the chemical compound lycopene, a powerful antioxidant, found in the skin of ripe tomatoes. The Telegraph reports new trials conducted by Cambridge University's clinical trials unit showed that the pill helps the cells which line blood vessels to function better.
Although more research is needed, early indications have led scientists to express hopes it may help to fight against heart attacks, strokes and cancer.
Dr Peter John Kirkpatrick, medical adviser to CamNutra, the company that developed Ateronon said: "It means we could potentially provide the protection found in a Mediterranean diet simply in one pill. This provides enough concentrations of the lycopene to be absorbed by the blood and protect us from future cardiovascular disease.Tests show that results improve a further 50% when used with statins, which is unprecedented." (Yahoo)
The British Medical Association gave a cautious welcome to the news, but still advised the best way to obtain the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet is to eat in the Mediterranean style.