Tomatoes are extraordinarily rich in water, fiber, vitamin C and mineral salts, especially sodium, potassium, iron, calcium and phosphorus, and they also contain a valuable antioxidant for our health: lycopene, a carotenoid that protects the brain, prevents aging and various diseases, including cardiovascular disease as well as some forms of cancer.
Research published by the Journal of Affective Disorders has also shown that lycopene promotes good mood, reduces depressive symptoms and eliminates the risk of developing a mood disorder. Researchers at Tianjin Medical University started from the assumption that depressive illnesses are often linked to the lack of antioxidant substances defending the body.
In the experimental study they involved a sample of 986 people aged over 70, more commonly suffering from depression issues.
After having analyzed the group’s psycho-physical health conditions, psychic symptoms, and eating habits, it was subjected to a controlled diet. The results confirmed the initial assumption.
Eating more tomatoes reduces the risk of developing depression by 46%, if you eat two to six of them a week.
The percentage reaches 52% among those that eat tomatoes every day.
Tomatoes are also a natural source of serotonin, a neurotransmitter synthesized in the brain and in the nervous system that regulates moods, perception of pain, appetite ... also called the "good mood" hormone. Serotonin is a precursor of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep and promotes rest, contributing to the wellbeing of the person.
Another way to achieve happiness is to have a good meal in good company!
We suggest you to do this with the Octopus in tomato sauce recipe, prepared using Pomì Marinara Sauce, the rich and tasty sauce made with 100% Italian tomatoes.