Tomatoes rich in vitamin D after genetic modification
LONDON: Vitamin D, also known as the “shining sun” vitamin, is naturally scarce, but genetic technology has now been successful in adding significant amounts of vitamin D to ordinary tomatoes.
When the right amount of sunlight falls on our skin, the production of vitamin D in the body increases.
It is hoped that this will help alleviate vitamin D deficiency in the world’s population. Residents of Europe, including Pakistan, especially women, are severely deficient in vitamin D. In the middle of the age when vitamin D is needed, the deficiency of this important vitamin becomes more common.
Vitamin D deficiency affects the skin, bones and immune system. Even in a dangerous situation, its deficiency can lead to heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer.
Dr. Kathy Martin, now a renowned botanist at the University of East Anglia who specializes in cultivating purple tomatoes, says that tomatoes contain the basic elements of vitamin D3, but they are lost when the fruit ripens.
Dr. Cathy has found a way to make vitamin D3 from the basic ingredients of tomatoes using CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing. Thus, tomatoes are rich in vitamin D, and even in plant leaves, vitamin D 3 penetrates. One gram of dried leaves contains 600 micrograms of vitamin D, while a healthy person needs only 10 to 20 micrograms of vitamin daily.
In this way, both the fruit and the leaves of the tomato are filled with invaluable vitamins. In this way, a steady supply of vitamin D3 can be provided worldwide. Experts used an ingredient called 7-DHC, which gave rise to the SL swine DR2 enzyme (enzyme) and thus became vitamin D3 and penetrated into tomatoes.
Interestingly, there has been no change in the tomato plant and production and genetic modification has been successful and promising in every way. However, regular cultivation may take a few years.