Stroke continues to rank as the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S., permanently disabling and needlessly taking the lives of hundreds of thousands of adults every year. Recent studies have demonstrated that the risk of stroke can be lowered by following simple lifestyle changes including regular physical activity, limiting or eliminating trans and hydrogenated fats and sugars from the diet and consuming a variety of antioxidants from natural foods or supplemental sources.
A research team from the University of Eastern Finland, reporting in the journal, Neurology has determined that eating tomatoes and tomato-based foods is associated with a lower risk of stroke, due in large part to high concentrations of the potent antioxidant, lycopene. Lycopene is a well studied compound that gives tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables their deep red color. In prior studies, lycopene has been associated with a significant risk reduction in the development and progression of prostate cancer.
Pumpkins lower blood glucose levels, shrink enlarged prostates and prevent male hair loss
Pumpkins are a form of Native American squash and are welcome both as a decorative and edible item in autumn season festivities. While most people associate pumpkins with Halloween, fall festivals, and American Thanksgiving desserts, both pumpkins and pumpkin seed oil pack a serious health- boosting punch.
Pumpkins and pumpkin seed oil have alkaloids, flavonoids, and three different essential fatty acids. Not only is pumpkin full of antioxidants, the autumn squash has anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-diabetic properties, as well.
In 2009, a Japanese team of scientists compared pumpkin paste to a control group of laboratory rats with Type 2 diabetes in an oral glucose tolerance test. Pumpkin paste was considered to be effective in improving glucose tolerance and insulin resistance.