We returned home from the beach to a bunch of ripe tomatoes in the garden!  

There is nothing like a slice of ripe tomato on toast that has been grilled with coconut oil and sprinkled with Himalayan sea salt! A layer of avocado seals the deal – tomatoes and avocado pair nicely together.

“Tomatoes, the second most produced and consumed vegetable nationwide, are a rich source of lycopene, beta-carotene, folate, potassium, vitamin C, flavonoids, and vitamin E.”
Reference: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12587984

Tomatoes are an anti-inflammatory fruit and nightshade vegetable that contain lycopene, which is a powerful phytonutrient, specifically, an antioxidant which protects against oxidative stress.   Lycopene has also been shown in studies to protect against damage due to the chemical DDVP (Reference: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26231422″>1</a>) which is commonly used as a pesticide, AND to protect against the damage that MSG (Reference: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26900785), which is commonly used in processed foods, does to the brain.  In terms of cancer, lycopene is a strong force in the fight against cancer. Lycopene was shown to slow the growth of prostate and cancer cells in the body (Reference: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26779636), and to reduce tumor growth in those with renal cell carcinoma (<Reference: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25602702).

Growing your own tomatoes guarantees the bioavailability of the nutrients that tomatoes have to offer.  Their bright natural color make them stand out as a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory food.  The antioxidants found in tomatoes help protect the heart against oxidative stress, reducing the risk of heart disease.

Sources

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26231422</li> <li>https://draxe.com/lycopene/</li> https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26900785</li> <li>https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26779636</li> https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25602702</li> <li>https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12587984</li> </ol>