The Ateronon Pill Contains The Lycopene Chemical Found In Tomato Skin

Super Pill That Packs Power Of Tomatoes Could Reduce Risk Of Strokes, Heart Attacks And Cancer

A so-called ‘Super Pill’ that concentrates the benefits of the Mediterranean diet could reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks and help combat cancer, say scientists.

The Ateronon pill contains lycopene, a chemical found in tomato skin. Previous trials found it decongested arteries but further trials have found it makes patients blood vessels more efficient, by improving blood flow and softenings arteries that have become hardened with age.

Although further trials are needed to determine whether the pill can significantly reduce strokes and heart attacks, scientists are optimistic that it can actually reduce the damage caused by heart disease, The Telegraph reports.

The pill contains a modified lycopene compound which is more easily absorbed by the blood than the natural version found in tomatoes.

Dr. Ian Wilkinson, director of Cambridge University’s clinical trials unit, said: “We think these results are good news and potentially very significant, but we need more trials to see if they translate into fewer heart attacks and strokes.”

Peter Kirkpatrick, a leading Cambridge neurosurgeon with a special interest in strokes and circulatory disease and medical advisor to CamNutra, the company that developed Ateronon, added:

“It is too early to come to any firm conclusions, but the results from this trial are far better than anything we could have hoped for. This was a small group, and we now need to confirm the findings in a much larger study population.”

Initial findings from research at Cambridge University, where the pill was tested on 36 heart disease patients and 36 healthy volunteers, were presented at a meeting of the American Heart Association.

A single pill that concentrates the known benefits of the Mediterranean diet could reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks and help combat cancer, say scientists
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