Wiley Logo The most widely produced fruit in the world has apparently stepped into the battle against vascular diseases. Japanese scientists assert that an extracted compound, 9-oxo-octadecadienoic in tomatoes has anti-dyslipidemic affects for fighting the onset of vascular diseases. The research findings can possibly help prevent a number of obesity-related chronic diseases.

Researchers focused on tackling dyslipidemia, a disorder that seemingly occurs due to an abnormal amount of lipids, like cholesterol or fat, in the blood stream. Dyslipidemia itself may not reveal any symptoms, but can pave way for symptomatic vascular diseases, including arteriosclerosis and cirrhosis. An increased build up of lipids presumably restricts such aliments.

Prior investigations have already pointed out that tomatoes protect against heart diseases and sun damage. In the current research, 9-oxo-octadecadienoic acid was tested for analyzing its potential anti-dyslipidemia properties. Dr. Teruo Kawada, from Kyoto University, who led the investigation and colleagues discovered that the compound improves fatty acid oxidation and helps in the management of hepatic lipid metabolism. It can therefore be concluded that 9-oxo-octadecadienoic acid has anti- dyslipidemia affects and reportedly avoids vascular diseases.

The research is published in the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research.