Menstuff® has compiled the following information on tomatoes
and their positive impact on the prostate.
A Tomato a Day...
The men were given the tomato sauce and pasta for three weeks before they underwent surgery to remove their prostates. When their prostate tissues were later examined, the 32 tomato-sauce-eaters also had less DNA damage than the seven similar men who went sauce-less.
Other studies suggest that lycopene, a carotenoid and antioxidant, is the phytochemical in tomatoes that protects the prostate. (Lycopene is easier to absorb if the tomatoes are cooked.)
What to do: Although it's too early to say that tomato sauce can prevent or slow the growth of prostate cancer, men who have the disease should shoot for one serving a day. Healthy men should also consider eating tomato sauce more often In other studies, men who ate tomato sauce two to four times a week had a lower risk of prostate cancer than men who ate it less often.
Source: Nutrition Action Health Letter Journal of the National Cancer Institute 93: 1872, 2001.