One study reports beneficial effects of consuming tomato juice, including a reduction in menopausal symptoms.
The tomato is known for its red pigment, lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. It is largely credited with some of the reported health benefits, including cardiovascular, prostate cancer, and menopause-related symptoms. A new study was conducted by Japanese researchers with 95 women between the ages of 40 and 60 who had at least one menopausal symptom.
200 ml of tomato juice per day
After a period of 2 weeks without tomato products, the women consumed, for 8 weeks, 200 ml of tomato juice per day. The results indicate, at the end of 8 weeks, an attenuation of menopausal symptoms: improvement in MSS or Menopausal Symptom Scale and anxiety scores (HADS or Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale). In addition, the study reports a significant decrease in heart rate, a reduction in triglycerides (TG) in women (22) with high TGs at baseline, and an increase in resting energy expenditure.
The question of salt
The authors conclude that daily consumption of tomato juice may be beneficial for middle-aged women. It should be noted, however, that it was unsalted tomato juice, and that most tomato juice sold here is quite salty, which could have different effects from those observed in this study.
Hirose A et al. Tomato juice intake increases resting energy expenditure and improves hypertriglyceridemia in middle-aged women: an open-label, single-arm study.
Nutr J. 8;14(1):34.