7 January 2013
A new super pill that contains a chemical usually found in tomato skin could help reduce the number of strokes and heart attacks and even slow down how far cancer advances.
In a study delivered by researchers at Cambridge University, scientists discovered that the pill, which is known as Ateronon, was found to be highly effective in unclogging arteries that have become blocked.
The chemical is known as lycopene, which can also be found in other red fruits such as carrots and peppers. A compound version is specially adapted so that it is easily absorbed by the blood.
It helps to increase blood flow, improves the lining of blood vessels and increases the flexibility of arteries.
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."
According to the Stroke Association, approximately 150,000 people in the UK have a stroke every year, which is the equivalent of one person every five minutes.
Posted by Jeanette Royston
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