Lycopene may improve blood vessel functioning

By WEEK Producer

June 10, 2014 Updated Jun 10, 2014 at 6:17 PM CDT

A new study suggests a daily 'tomato' pill may benefit people with heart disease.

Researchers gave a group of heart patients either a placebo or a daily supplement containing seven milligrams of lycopene -- an antioxidant found in tomatoes and other fruits.

They found lycopene improved blood vessel function by almost 53 percent compared to those taking the placebo.

Experts say a tomato pill would not be an adequate substitute for other heart disease treatment, but it could be helpful when taken alongside other medications.

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