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A morning juice for a morning boost

Tomato JuiceA lot, if not most people out there prefer to go with juice with their breakfast rather than something like a soda. With your body needing its most important refuel after a long night of sleep, the healthier fruit juices appeal a lot more than the likes of a soda to wash down your meal.

When you come in to Huckleberry’s, we’ve got you covered when it comes to some excellent juices, a few of which comes loaded with some appeal to your healthier side. Today we’re talking about one of those in particular with the health benefits packed into tomato juice.

The taste will be a little change from the likes of the sweet, citrus flavors of a more common drink like orange juice, but there’s still a ton to enjoy. And topping off that flavor is a ton of health benefits that will help you tackle the day with all kinds of vigor. The folks over at Livestrong.com did a feature a while back that covers some of the finer points about the health benefits packed into tomato juice. Take a look at a few of them below…
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One of the most common and popular vegetables is the tomato.  This is due to its versatility and bountiful health benefits.  Tomatoes can be found in many different dishes and are used in a variety of ways.  One of the more popular forms of the vegetable is in juice form.  Tomato juice is a nutritious drink with many health benefits.

Lycopene
The main organic compound in the tomato is lycopene.  Lycopene gives the tomato its red color and has been found to have antioxidant and cancer-preventing properties.   It acts as an antioxidant by protecting cells and organs from oxygen damage.  It has also been found to help protect DNA in white blood cells. Lycopene has been found to be effective against several types of cancer, including colorectal, breast, prostate, lung and pancreatic cancers.

Vitamins and Minerals
Tomato juice is a great source of many vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A and C.   One cup of tomato juice will give you up to 74 percent of your daily recommended value of vitamin C and 2 percent of your vitamin A.  These vitamins help the immune system by destroying the free radicals in your blood stream that damage cells.  Other vitamins found in tomato juice are K, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, potassium, magnesium, iron and phosphorous.

Cholesterol
Tomato juice is also an excellent natural treatment for high cholesterol.  It is a very good source of fiber, which acts to help break down LDL (or bad cholesterol) in the body.  Also, the B3 (niacin) found in tomato juice has been used as a natural way to treat high cholesterol for many years.