Recent research has shown that baked purple potatoes contain certain substances that may help in the fight against colon cancer. More than 50,000 people in the United States die of this disease each year, and while current colon cancer treatments include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, this new discovery could change the face of colon cancer prevention and treatment.
The study, conducted by Penn State professor and faculty member Jairam K.P. Vanamala, was conducted in two phases: petri dishes and mice. In phase one, extract of the potatoes were put in petri dishes. In phase two, the whole potato was given to mice. Both phases resulted in the potatoes suppressing the spread of the cancer cells and increasing their destruction. While tests in humans have yet to be conducted, scientists believe the same results would be achieved, as long as they eat one or two purple potatoes a day.
How does this work? The substances at work, anthocyanins, chlorogenic acid, and resistant starch, in the purple potatoes help kill the cancer cells. These substances work together and result in the death of cancer cells.
Purple potatoes could help prevent colon cancer. However, it's best to make sure, schedule a screening with your doctor. The doctors at Associates in Digestive Health are always available for you. Book an appointment now and take charge of your health.