I have a feeling this one's going to tick off some aspirin makers.
There's a new company in town muscling in on their turf... offering up a tomato-based extract as a safe alternative to the dangerously overused aspirin therapy.
Research has shown that Fruitflow, a patented tomato-seed extract, can help smooth platelets and prevent blood clots, making it an effective blood thinner.
In fact, the research is so strong that European regulators are even allowing it to be promoted for those benefits. Imagine the FDA signing off on a claim like that for a natural product!
Right, I can't either.
Aspirin therapy has been pushed by Big Pharma for years as a quick and easy way to pad their bottom line while placing millions of people at risk for the painkiller's nasty side effects, including severe gastrointestinal problems and allergic reactions.
But the company behind this new additive says there have been no reports of side effects in any of their 10 studies – two of which were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Personally, I'd like to see a little more research before I advise anyone to rush out and try Fruitflow. But it's encouraging and, from what I've seen so far, appears to be every bit as safe as tomatoes.
There's a catch here: Fruitflow is currently available to the public only as an ingredient in a series of fruit drinks sold in the U.K. That could soon change, however, as the company behind it, Provexis, seeks to expand and include it in other products – including tablets and capsules.
The company says you can't get the same benefits from tomato juice because the juices are heated during processing, which destroys most of the helpful compounds.
And that has me wondering... what if you just make your own tomato juice, fresh at home? After all, a very small study on diabetics in 2004 found that clarified tomato juice helped reduce platelet clumping, lowering the risk of blood clots.
Sounds like an area ripe for more research.