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New Cancer Fighter: Cooked Tomatoes

Heinz-backed research highlights lycopene

(Newser) - Good news, but only if you like tomatoes: The chemical that makes them red helps fight prostate cancer, a study suggests. In a lab, lycopene was shown to stop cancer cells from attaching to a blood supply. The process can delay the cells' growth, and even kill them, the Telegraph ... More »

Watermelon: Nature's Viagra

Cool fruit just got hotter

(Newser) - New studies of the humble watermelon show it may pack a Viagra-like effect on men's blood vessels and increase libido. Watermelons are a primary source of the nutrient citrulline, which helps relax blood vessels, increasing blood flow in the body in much the same way Viagra does and with similar... More »

Eat Your Veggies; Here's How

Cooking (or not) can boost nutrients, experts say

(Newser) - Chomping on a raw carrot may give you the keen eyesight of a cartoon rabbit, but boiling the vegetable first is a better way to release its nutrients, scientists say. The New York Times looks at a variety of cooking methods and finds the goodness of the good stuff on... More »

You Say 'Tomato,' FDA Says 'Not a Cancer Cure-All'

Study shows no link between lycopene and reduced risk of many types of the disease

(Newser) - Tomatoes and lycopene, the pigment that gives them their color, do not prevent cancer, the FDA says, contradicting preliminary research. Researchers analyzed 145 studies of lycopene, tomatoes, and cancer risk and found "no credible evidence" that the vegetable wards off lung, colorectal, breast, cervical or uterine cancers, according to... More »

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