London: British scientists have developed a groundbreaking pill which provides all the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet.

One capsule of Ateronon taken daily can break down fatty deposits in the arteries and help prevent heart disease and strokes, potentially saving millions of lives.

The supplement, which costs £35 (Dh210) for a month's supply, contains lycopene, a chemical found in the skin of ripe tomatoes.

Each pill provides the equivalent of eating three kilos of ripe tomatoes.

Studies have shown eating an Italian-style diet rich in tomatoes, fish, vegetables, nuts and olive oil can help prevent cardiovascular diseases.