I'm intrigued by an article claiming that a single pill can provide health benefits equal to eating three kilograms (over 6½ pounds) of tomatoes.
British scientists have developed a groundbreaking pill which provides all the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet.
One capsule of Ateronon taken daily can break down fatty deposits in the arteries and help prevent heart disease and strokes, potentially saving millions of lives.
The supplement, which costs £35 [about US $57] for a month's supply, contains lycopene, a chemical found in the skin of ripe tomatoes.
Each pill provides the equivalent of eating three kilos of ripe tomatoes. Studies have shown eating an Italian-style diet rich in tomatoes, fish, vegetables, nuts and olive oil can significantly reduce cholesterol and help prevent cardiovascular diseases.
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An initial trial in 150 heart disease patients found that taking the pill once a day could not only halt but even reverse the buildup of fatty deposits on artery walls in just two months, without side-effects.
Large-scale trials of up to 10,000 patients will begin this year at Cambridge, as well as in the U.S., Italy and Finland.
There's more at the link.
Looks promising! I've been aware for some time of the health benefits of a Mediterranean-style diet. If this can synthesize those benefits into a more-easily-available form, I'll be lining up for it. Now, if I can just stay away from the Big Macs and other temptations while I'm using it . . .