Scientists in Britain have developed a novel pill that would provide natural heart-protecting benefits of a Mediterranean diet. Ateronon is believed to be the world's first compound to provide the natural heart-protecting antioxidant properties of the Mediterranean diet in a form that can be reliably absorbed by the human body. Doctors from Cambridge University in England and Harvard medical school in America have initiated trials to investigate the properties of the treatment. "We know the Mediterranean diet is beneficial in terms of lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and the key element is tomatoes," the Telegraph quoted Ian Wilkinson, a British Heart Foundation-funded senior lecturer in clinical pharmacology at Cambridge University, as saying. "We are hoping to build on that evidence and show that getting the whole food into people in higher concentrations might be more effective than just trying to give people one type of vitamin, or one type of dietary supplement," he added. The key component of Ateronon is lycopene, which is derived from tomatoes, and promotes good cardiovascular health. To date, it has been impossible to convert large lycopene crystals into smaller molecules more easily absorbed by humans. Ateronon combines lycopene with a lactose-based milk protein, thus reducing the size of lycopene molecules and making them easier to absorb. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that blocks the breakdown of fats in the blood, and leads to the release of cholesterol and low-density lipoproteins, which form fatty deposits on artery walls. Howard Sesso, assistant professor of Medicine at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, part of Harvard University in Boston, is conducting a year-long research project involving 200 heart disease patients. During the study, half of the patients will be given a dummy placebo pill for half of the trial period to ensure any identified Ateronon benefit can genuinely be attributed to the treatment itself. Source: ANIARU << British Surgeons Use New Stem Cells Technique To Prevent Hip... Study Reveals A Simple Blood Test That May Help Predict Seve... >> Recommended Reading Tomato Pill may Reduce Heart Disease Risk Ateronon, a tomato supplement pill, can reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. READ MORE Mediterranean Diet Enriched With Nuts Help Prevent Heart Disease Metabolic abnormalities are better managed with traditional mediterranean diet with servings of mixed nuts. READ MORE Bulimia Nervosa The term ''Bulimia'' refers to episodes of uncontrolled excessive eating, known as "binges," followed by self-induced vomiting or purgation. READ MORE Chickpea for the Soul! A healthy staple food, Hummus is one bean dip that will contribute to your evening snacks and main course with complete satisfaction. Includes recipe for the dip. READ MORE Diet Pills Diet pills are flooding the market by millions. The positive side of diet pills to most people is that they achieve their objective of losing weight. Medical reviews are against the use of diet pills. READ MORE Drug Toxicity Drug toxicity is an adverse reaction of the body towards a drug that results as a side effect of a drug, reaction to a drug or drug abuse. READ MORE Mediterranean Diet Mediterranean diet has long been considered one of the healthiest diets on the planet. This diet plan discourages the use of saturated fats and hydrogenated oils while cooking meals. READ MORE Negative Calorie Diet The History of dieting probably dates back to the year 1807. It was believed that King William suddenly felt the urge to lose weight after he found it difficult to ride his horse due to weight gain. READ MORE The Cabbage Diet The plausible reason that can be sited is the inherent low calorie property of cabbage. READ MORE Why Do We Eat - Nutrition Facts The importance of eating food and the physiological, psychological and social functions of food. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Vent Forte (Theophylline) Blood Donation - Recipients Blood - Sugar Chart More News on: Diet PillsDrug ToxicityThe Cabbage DietMediterranean DietNegative Calorie DietVasectomyBulimia NervosaWhy Do We Eat - Nutrition FactsDiet Lifestyle and Heart DiseaseChickpea for the Soul!