Can tomatoes help fight stomach cancer?

The tomato is the best choice among experts when it comes to miraculous foods that can help treat or control cancer, particularly stomach cancer. In 2013, a study published in the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health of the United States concluded that tomato consumption in large quantities was associated with a reduced risk of gastric cancer.

A stomach cancer or gastric cancer tends to develop slowly over the years. It is almost always an adenocarcinoma. These cancers develop from the cells that make up the inner lining of the stomach (the mucosa). Cancers that start in different sections of the stomach can cause different symptoms and tend to have different results. The location of the cancer can also affect the treatment options. If it is not detected in time, it can lead to the formation of a tumor that needs medical attention or another intervention depending on the stage or the state of the disease.

The exact cause of cancer is still unknown in the world of science. But according to experts, there are few factors that can increase the risk of developing stomach cancer and these include intense intestinal inflammation, polyps growth, ulcer, prolonged history of anemia and infection with a common bacteria called H. pylori.

Another study published in the Oxford Academic’s Journal of the National Cancer Institute studies 12 controlled cases that examined incidents of stomach cancer and consumption of lycopene (commonly found in tomatoes) in different parts of the world.

The study observed that:

“Inverse associations were observed between tomato consumption and risk of gastric cancer in all these diverse populations.”

According to an ecology study in Japan, it was reported that the population with higher plasma lycopene has fewer cases of gastric cancer compared to areas where the population had less lycopene plasma.

As noted in the study:

“The consistent inverse association observed in diverse populations strongly suggests a protective effect of tomato or lycopene consumption on gastric cancer.”

In addition to this, a team of Italian experts conducted a study on the correlation between tomato consumption and reducing the risk of stomach cancer. The results revealed that tomato extracts may have the ability to inhibit the growth and multiplication of stomach cancer cells. The study suggested that tomatoes, as agents that fight stomach cancer cells, should be considered completely and not just for the lycopene component found in them.

“Its antitumor effect does not seem to be related to specific components, such as lycopene, but suggests that tomatoes should be considered in their entirety.”

The experts also pointed out that different species of tomatoes may have different effects at different stages of cancer. More research is required.