Drinking tomato juice on a daily basis can reduce the risk of heart disease in people with Type 2 diabetes, scientists from the University of Newcastle in Australia have found.
Twenty people with Type 2 diabetes were randomly given either 250ml of tomato juice or a placebo every day for three weeks. At the end of this period blood samples of the group who had been drinking the tomato juice showed significantly less signs of blood clotting than those who drank the placebo.
Penny Williams, Care Advisor at Diabetes UK said: “Tomato juice can provide one of the five daily portions of fruit and veg. that help to reduce the risk of heart disease.”
Revision date: June 22, 2011
Last revised: by Janet A. Staessen, MD, PhD