According to the British “Daily Mail” report, researchers in China and Japan found that eating tomatoes several times a week can reduce the risk of depression and make the mood more comfortable.
The Sino-Japanese joint research team led by Dr. Niu Kaijun of Tianjin Medical University analyzed the diet and mental health status of nearly 1,000 Japanese elderly people over 70 years old and found that compared with those who ate 1 time a week or did not eat tomatoes. People who ate tomatoes 2 to 6 times a week had a 46% lower risk of depression, and those who ate tomatoes every day had a 52% chance of developing depression. At the same time, foods such as cabbage, carrots, onions and pumpkins have little to do with mental health. Researchers say that lycopene, which is rich in tomatoes, is known to fight oxidation and reduce the risk of prostate cancer and heart attacks. This research may mean that lycopene can also affect people’s mood.