As its name implies, tomato juice is a juice made from tomatoes. It is rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6, niacin, thiamine and riboflavin, and it contains protein, carbohydrates and fiber. It is also loaded with minerals that help to provide you with energy, like sodium, potassium and magnesium.
But the most important substance that you can get from tomato juice is lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that helps to prevent the damage of cells due to the harmful effects of free radicals.
Free radicals are molecular by-products of your body’s metabolic processes. They do have some beneficial uses if they are kept under check, but too much of them can cause damage to your cells – and this can lead to cancer, early aging, and other degenerative diseases.
High levels of lycopene can flush out free radicals from the body. We can be protected from the damaging effects of free radicals by consuming tomatoes and tomato products on a regular basis.
In order to help you get sufficient amounts of lycopene, this article would like to let you know a way to prepare pure tomato juice at home. This can help to keep you protected from cellular damage.
What you need:
12 medium-sized tomatoes cut into quarters with seeds removed
1/2 cup water
1/3 onion, chopped into bits
2 stalks celery, chopped into bits
1 teaspoon powdered fresh parsley
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1. Put your tomatoes, water, chopped onion, chopped celery, powdered parsley and bay leaf into a Dutch oven, boil it and allow it to simmer for 30 minutes.
2. Remove the oven from the heat and transfer the ingredients to a food mill and add in your sale, paprika and sugar, then stir the mixture.
3. You have just created a pure tomato juice. Pour it into a pitcher and place it in a chiller to be served when cool. Serve it with ice if necessary.