THERE HAVE BEEN NUMEROUS STUDIES STATING THAT TOMATO EXTRACTS CAN HELP IN CURING STOMACH CANCER.
According to researchers from the US and Italy, it has been found that whole extracts from two varieties of tomato – San Marzano and Corbarino – blocked the growth of stomach cancer cells and dampened their malignant characteristics.
According to the American Cancer Society, there will be around 28,000 cases of stomach cancer diagnosed in the U.S. this year.
Also referred to as gastric cancer, stomach cancer is most common among older adults; around 60 percent of adults diagnosed with the disease are aged 65 or older.
Previous studies have suggested that compounds found in tomatoes – such as lycopene, a carotenoid that gives tomatoes their red color – may help to fight cancer.
GROWTH OF STOMACH CANCER CELLS HAVE BEEN HALTED WITH WHOLE TOMATO EXTRACTS.
To reach their findings, the researchers tested the effects of whole extracts from San Marzano and Corbarino tomatoes on stomach cancer cell lines.
They found that each extract not only halted the growth of gastric cancer cells, but they also interfered with cell migration – whereby cancer cells begin to move away from the primary tumor to invade surrounding tissues – and led to cancer cell death.
Furthermore, the researchers found that the anti-cancer effects of the tomato extracts were not down to one particular compound.
“Their anti-tumoral effect seem not related to specific components, such as lycopene, but rather suggest that tomatoes should be considered in their entirety,” says study co-author Daniela Barone, of the Oncology Research Center of Mercogliano in Italy.
According to the researchers, their findings indicate that whole tomato extracts may be useful for the prevention and treatment of stomach cancer.