Tomato pill fights heart disease

Daily supplement protects against heart disease and strokes

A natural supplement made of tomatoes is being touted as a new way to fight heart disease and strokes, the BBC is reporting. Ateronon, produced by a biotech company affiliated with Cambridge University, contains lycopene and blocks LDL cholesterol, which can clog arteries. In preliminary trials involving 150 people with heart disease, Ateronon was shown to reduce the oxidation of harmful fats in the blood to close to zero within eight weeks (results are being reported today at a meeting of the British Cardiovascular Society). The supplement could be even more effective than the statin drugs currently used to treat high cholesterol, says neuroscientist Peter Kirkpatrick, who will lead further research on behalf of Cambridge Theranostics Ltd. But Professor Peter Weissberg of the British Heart Foundation said: “As always, we caution people to wait for any new drug or modified ‘natural’ product to be clinically proven to offer benefits before taking it.”

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