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The team led by Dr Teruo Kawada, from Kyoto University and supported by the Research and Development Program for New Bio-industry Initiatives, Japan, focused their research on extracts which tackle dyslipidemia, a condition which is caused by an abnormal amount of lipids, such as cholesterol or fat, in the blood stream as a result of increased amounts of dietary and/or metabolic acids.
"Dyslipidemia itself usually causes no symptoms," said Kawada, "however; it can lead to symptomatic vascular diseases, such as arteriosclerosis and cirrhosis of the liver. In order to prevent these diseases it is important to prevent an increased build up of lipids as a result of the increased build-up of dietary and/or metabolic acids.
Tomato is already known to contain many compounds beneficial to health because of its alkalizing properties. In this study the team analyzed 9-oxo-octadecadienoic acid, to test its potential anti-dyslipidemia properties as a direct result of reducing acidosis.
The compound was found to enhance fatty acid oxidation and contributed to the regulation of hepatic lipid metabolism. These findings suggest that 9-oxo-octadecadienoic acid has anti- dyslipidemia affects and can therefore help prevent vascular diseases.
"Finding a compound which helps the prevention of obesity-related chronic diseases in foodstuffs is a great advantage to tackling these diseases", concluded Kawada. "It means that the tomato allows people to easily manage the onset of dyslipidemia through their daily diet."
According to Dr. Robert O. Young, Director of the pH Miracle Living Center suggests, "dietary, metabolic and environmental acids cause the body to release lipids for chelating acids preventing damage to the walls of the veins and arteries. Tomatoes contain acid binding agents, such as 9-oxo-octdecadienoic that will chelate these acids and protect the vascular system from damage thus reducing or eliminating the release of lipids into the bloodstream preventing artherosclerosis."
"Shelley Redford Young has many wonderful recipes using the tomato in her books, Back to the House of Health I and II," states Dr. Young.