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Tomato Seeds Vs. Aspirin Smack-Down

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

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Researchers have found that an extract based on the gelatin that surrounds tomato seeds may help reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Aspirin has been a traditional weapon in the fight against heart disease, however, prolonged use can lead to the risk of ulcers and bleeding in the stomach. The tomato seed extract has been found to help thin the blood like aspirin, but without the unfortunate side effects.

The extract has been under study by researchers at Aberdeen’s Rowett Institute. It’s called¬†Fruitflow and is ¬†manufactured by Provexis, company that has been spun off from the research institute. According to the Scotsman:

The trial compared the effects of Fruitflow and aspirin over a seven-month period using 43 people…The study also showed no ill effects when Fruitflow and aspirin were taken together…The extract is said to begin to work immediately and its benefits are said to last for up to 18 hours.

Read more: Tomato seeds promise new way to fight heart disease more safely

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