Tomatoes as functional food

M. Hazewindus

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Tomatoes and many tomato products are healthy and protect against a.o. cardiovascular diseases. The large diversity of substances in tomatoes is the reason for this health effect. Lycopene and vitamin C and E appear to occur the most in tomatoes. These three substances have each a protective effect against the development of cardiovascular diseases. This research shows that a combination of lycopene and vitamin C and E has a larger health effect than each substance alone. That is the case because the substances cooperate in various processes in the body. A combination of several substances therefore turns out to be better than one single substance.

Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Bast, Aalt, Supervisor
  • Guido, Haenen, Co-Supervisor
  • Weseler, Antje, Co-Supervisor
Award date6 Dec 2012
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • tomatoes
  • cardiovascular diseases
  • lycopene
  • vitamin C and E

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