Tomatoes are not only raw foods, but also cooked and often eaten at once, so they are easy to get nutrients. The red component is C40H56, which has an antioxidant effect that removes active oxygen and has a function to prevent cancer and arteriosclerosis. In addition, Escleoside A contained in mature fruits (included in mature tomato fruits, Professor Toshihiro Nohara of Kumamoto University Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Akio Fujiwara who was a graduate student (currently a lecturer at Kumamoto University Graduate School of Life Sciences) ) Succeeded in determining the structure for the first time in the world in the process of isolating tomato compounds in 2003. After that, Nohara, Fujiwara and Nagai conducted joint research, and in 2007, the same component was suppressed against arteriosclerosis. The effect has been confirmed. The generation and accumulation of foamed macrophages are involved in the progression of arteriosclerosis. Therefore, it is thought that it is possible to prevent the progression of arteriosclerosis by suppressing the foaming of macrophages. Esculeogenin A, which is a non-sugar portion of aglycon that remains after the glycosyl group of the glycoside is replaced with a hydrogen atom by the action of intestinal bacteria, is Esculeogen in A contained in tomato as a functional component that suppresses foaming. It seems that it has been clarified that it has a strong effect. Furthermore, this esculeoside A seems to be a component that has been confirmed only in tomatoes in the research to date), which has the effect of suppressing arteriosclerosis. It seems that it has been confirmed and attracted attention.
The Yatsushiro area of Kumamoto Prefecture is located in the center of Kumamoto, with the Kyushu Mountains in the east and the Yatsushiro Sea in the west. It has an alluvial fan, an alluvial plain based on the delta, and a rich Yatsushiro plain formed by reclamation projects that have been carried out since the feudal era. It is famous as one of the leading agricultural areas in Japan where various agricultural products are produced. I think you know that in the Yatsushiro area, winter-spring tomatoes were designated as designated production areas in 1966, and summer-autumn tomatoes were designated as designated production areas in 1978.