These Southern Italian Tomato Breeds May Help Fight Stomach Cancer
As summer approaches, so does tomato season, and this year a new study from Italy gives us an additional reason to dig into our favorite sunshine vegetable (or fruit, but that’s a debate for another time). The research found that tomatoes may not only help to prevent stomach cancer, but may also hold to the key to new treatments aimed at curing the disease.
A new study published online in the Journal of Cellular Physiology has found that tomato extracts from two different Southern Italian varieties, the San Marzano and Corbarino tomatoes, may help to stop stomach cancer cell growth and prevent the cells from adapting malignant, or dangerous, features. The study concluded that this behavior may be used in the future to both prevent and treat different forms of gastric cancer. The best part, the benefits were found in the tomatoes as a whole, meaning that you can simply gain these benefits by enjoying delicious ripe tomatoes on their own and don’t have to buy specialized extracts. The team suspect that different species of tomatoes may have different cancer fighting abilities, and hope to further investigate these findings.