Slurp Tomato Soup for Arterial Health

This warm and savory meal is packed with vitamin C. Here’s how to pick one with lots of health benefits.

Slurp Tomato Soup for Arterial Health

It's no surprise that tomato benefits are wide-ranging. A cup of tomato soup has its pros, too. Aside from warming your insides on a cold winter day, it also helps protect your blood vessels from damage due to high blood pressure and inflammation. Try this heart-warming Roasted Tomato Soup.

You can thank the vitamin C and other healthy compounds in tomato soup for arterial protection. When people in a study ate 2 cups of a tomato-based soup every day for 2 weeks, they experienced higher blood levels of vitamin C and decreased markers of inflammation.

More tomato benefits
Tomato-soup nutrients keep inflammation at bay by helping lower high blood pressure, which—if left untreated—can nick the smooth inner lining of your arteries. Your body repairs those nicks with lousy LDL cholesterol, forming a "spackle" that triggers an inflammatory reaction and a flood of white blood cells to the area. Eventually, the resulting plaque can become irritated and may rupture—and that can lead to an arterial-blocking, heart-attack-triggering blood clot. Talk about a cascade of scary events!

Tempting tomato options
People in the study ate gazpacho—the cold soup made of tomato, pepper, and cucumber that's popular in Spanish and other Mediterranean cuisines. Not fond of tomato soup? No worries. It's easy to incorporate this fruit in other dishes and still enjoy tomato benefits. The fish oil and tomato combo makes a high-powered blood pressure reducer and inflammation stopper.

Keep in mind: when you’re selecting a soup, always remember to check the sodium content. Too much sodium is bad for your blood pressure levels. 

Medically reviewed in March 2019.

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