London: Scientists have claimed that a pill containing a chemical found in tomato skin could cut the risk of stroke and slow the progression of cancer. The pill, called Ateronon, contains a chemical known as lycopene which had previously been shown to help unclog blocked arteries, and which is thought to be one of the main health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, the Telegraph reported.Now a further trial has shown the natural remedy also made patients’ blood vessels more efficient, boosted their blood flow and softened arteries which had hardened with age.Researchers believe the pill may be able to limit the damage caused by heart disease, although further studies will be needed to determine whether the positive signals translate into fewer strokes and heart attacks.It uses a lycopene compound which has been modified to become more easily absorbed by the blood than the natural version found in tomatoes.
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