A research team led by Dr Teruo Kawada, from Kyoto University, Japan, has discovered that tomatoes contain a nutrient, 9-oxo-octadecadienoic, has anti-dyslipidemic affects which could tackle the onset of vascular diseases.
The research focused on dyslipidemia, a condition that is caused by an abnormal amount of lipids, such as cholesterol or fat, in the blood stream. Dyslipidemia itself usually causes no symptoms, but it can lead to symptomatic vascular diseases, such as arteriosclerosis and cirrhosis.
Tomato is already known to contain many compounds beneficial to health. In this study the team analyzed 9-oxo-octadecadienoic acid, to test its potential anti-dyslipidemia properties.
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.