SUN DRIED TOMATOES HEALTH BENEFITS AND MINERALS

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Health benefits

Free radicals are natural byproducts of chemical processes in your body, but they damage cells and contribute to diseases, such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Antioxidants protect your health by neutralizing free radicals and lowering inflammation. One cup of sun-dried tomatoes provides 23 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C and 16 percent of vitamin A. Vitamin C supports the immune system and neutralizes free radicals throughout the body. Vitamin A refers to a group of substances with different roles. As a vitamin, it’s essential for vision and strengthens the immune system. Three other members of the vitamin A family – lycopene, lutein and zeaxanthin – work as antioxidants. One cup of sun-dried tomatoes has about 1 milligram of lutein and zeaxanthin and 25 milligrams of lycopene. Lutein and zeaxanthin protect your eyes from age-related diseases, such as cataracts and macular degeneration. All three exhibit anti-cancer activity, but lycopene is specifically associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer.

Heart Health

Antioxidants contribute to heart health by reducing inflammation in the blood vessels. A serving of sun-dried tomatoes delivers further heart benefits by providing 6 percent of the recommended daily intake of calcium and 25 percent of magnesium. Calcium is a well-known component of bones, but it also stimulates the contraction of heart muscles. Magnesium has the opposite role, helping to ensure normal heart rhythm by causing the heart muscles to relax. Calcium and magnesium also regulate blood pressure by coordinating the contraction and relaxation of blood vessel walls.

Strong Bones

In addition to containing 6 percent of the daily intake of calcium, 1 cup of sun-dried tomatoes has 25 percent of the recommended intake of magnesium and 27 percent of phosphorus. Calcium combines with phosphorus to create the primary bone-building mineral hydroxyapatite, while magnesium helps form the matrix that supports the other minerals.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size 100 g.

PRINCIPLE

NUTRIENT VALUE

% RDA

Energy

258 Kcal

 

Carbohydrates

56 g

19%

Protein

14.1 g

28%

Total Fat

3.0g

5%

Cholesterol

0 mg

0%

Dietary Fiber

12 g

49%

VITAMINS

Vitamin A

874IU

17%

Vitamin C

39.2mg

65%

Vitamin D

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Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol)

0.0mg

0%

Vitamin K

43.0mcg

54%

Thiamin

0.5mg

35%

Riboflavin

0.5mg

29%

Niacin

9.0mg

45%

Vitamin B6

0.3mg

17%

Folate

68.0mcg

17%

Vitamin B12

0.0mcg

0%

Pantothenic Acid

2.1mg

21%

Choline

105mg

 

Betaine

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MINERALS

Calcium

110mg

11%

Iron

9.1mg

50%

Magnesium

194mg

49%

Phosphorus

356mg

36%

Potassium

3427mg

98%

Sodium

2095mg

87%

Zinc

2.0mg

13%

Copper

1.4mg

71%

Manganese

1.8mg

92%

Selenium

5.5mcg

8%

Fluoride

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