Lycopene is what gives fruits and vegetables their color, and is actually a type of antioxidant that helps fight free radicals that attack cells and eventually can cause cancer. Some people take lycopene to help prevent heart disease and cancer, but you could actually just eat tomatoes. Tomatoes contain about 85% of dietary lycopene.
Since tomatoes are high in antioxidants they may also reduce LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) and blood pressure. Tomatoes also have 9% fiber per serving which also helps lower cholesterol and are a good source of potassium. Potassium is what makes your heart beat - it triggers your heart to push and squeeze blood through your body. It helps your muscles, nerves, and kidneys do what they do and filter blood. Foods, like tomatoes, that are high in potassium keep everything working and your heart healthily pumping away.