1 Feb 2012

Cooked tomatoes found to slow growth of prostrate cancer cells

5:32 am on 1 February 2012

Scientists in Britain say a nutrient in cooked tomatoes has been shown in laboratory studies to slow the growth of and even kill prostate cancer cells.

Researchers at the University of Portsmouth tested the effect of the nutrient lycopene on the simple mechanism through which cancer cells hijack a body's healthy blood supply to grow and spread.

They found lycopene, which is what gives tomatoes their red colour, intercepts cancer's ability to make the connections it needs to attach to a healthy blood supply.

The researchers are now calling for tests to check if the same reaction occurs in the human body.