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Study: One fruit shown to help patients suffering from heart disease

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You’ve probably heard the saying, ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away,’ but a new study suggests eating a different fruit once a day can help with another health problem.

Researchers gave a group of patients with heart disease either a placebo or a daily supplement containing seven milligrams of lycopene, an antioxidant found in tomatoes and other fruits.

They found those taking the lycopene supplement improved their blood vessel function by almost 53 percent, compared to those taking the placebo.

Experts say a tomato pill would not be an adequate substitute for other heart disease treatments but could be helpful when taken alongside those medications.

However, lycopene dd not have any effect on blood pressure, cholesterol or arterial stiffness.