Lovely Lycopene: 5 Hidden Health Benefits of Tomatoes


Tomatoes Help Maintain Healthy Bones

Tomatoes contribute to bone health and help keep your blood vessels flexible with nearly 18 percent of your daily requirement of vitamin K in each cupful. Vitamin K deficiency, although not very common, may be a side effect of long-term use of antibiotics and can be characterized by skin bruising. Vitamin K is stored in the fatty tissue in your body and helps to anchor the calcium in your bones. It's also a clotting agent [source: Westfall].

If tomatoes aren't your favorite vegetable, other good sources of vitamin K are spinach, cabbage, broccoli, soy, Swiss chard, collard greens, green onion and parsley.