The succulent tomatoes that make a wonderful sight are becoming popular for health benefits. Now, British Scientists have revealed that tomatoes possess anti-clotting properties, which could be a blessing to passengers on marathon flights, in preventing the formation of potentially dangerous clots, a condition termed as Deep Vein Thrombosis.
It is estimated that the number of people on long duration flights who suffer clots total to nearly 12% of the passengers, therefore this research holds a wealth of hope for DVT patients.
Researchers have found that the yellow liquid surrounding the seeds in a tomato, possess anti-clotting properties. Aspirin also prevents clot formation but carries a side effect of causing bleeding in the stomach. Tomatoes contain similar benefits of Aspirin but it is without any side-effects.
Mere consumption of tomatoes and drinking tomato juice is also known to have similar effects of preventing the formation of blood clots. It was observed that a single drink of tomato juice or juice containing the tomato extract extended benefits for the next 18 hrs or so.
Professor Duttaroy added: 'The results of our studies are conclusive - in 97 per cent of people the extract produced a significant change in the thickness of the blood, making the blood less likely to clump together and clot.'