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A tomato pill 'to protect heart disease'
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Tomato is more than a delicious vegetable. And, for several years experts have been studying the protective capacity of tomatoes.

Now, a pill based on tomato could protect people from heart disease, say researchers.

A new study has found that lycopene -- the antioxidant red compound in tomato skins - stops cholesterol build-up and the pill made from it could stop strokes by simply cleaning up the fat-clogged arteries.

According to the researchers, the treatment may work better than the statins millions of people take to combat the conditions,'The Sun' reported. Biotech firm Cambridge Theranostics mixed lycopene with milk and soya bean proteins to solve the riddle of how to create a concentrated form.

Trials show the result - pill Ateronon - slashes the level of harmful fats in the blood. And, the tablet will soon be unveiled at a British Cardiovascular Society Conference in London. Cambridge-based neuroscientist Peter Kirkpatrick said Ateronon promised to be"much more effective" than statins.
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