Tomatoes are an excellent source of antioxidants and are a rich source of vitamins and minerals. The vitamins in tomatoes help with vision, help improve digestive health, and help to keep skin healthy.
Antioxidants help ward off cancer-causing free radicals. Tomatoes contain large amounts of the antioxidant lycopene, which helps to protect against cardiovascular disease. This antioxidant is even present in foods made of cooked tomatoes, such as ketchup.
One tomato provides around 40 percent of the daily requirements of vitamin C. Other vitamins and minerals that are plentiful in a tomato include vitamin A, potassium, iron and vitamin K. Potassium aids in normal nerve health, and iron is essential for blood health. Vitamin K is essential for clotting of the blood and to control bleeding. Vitamin A is essential for proper eye function. High levels of Vitamin A improve vision and ward off vision problems, such as night blindness and macular degeneration.
Other essential vitamins found in tomatoes are vitamin B6, folate and thiamin. Other essential minerals found in tomatoes are manganese, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and copper.
The large amounts of fiber found in tomatoes help prevent constipation and diarrhea. Tomatoes are high in water content, which stimulates urination. The stimulation of urination helps eliminate toxins, uric acids and salt from the body.