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Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Baked purple spuds might help people beat cancer.
The superfood from South America now available here is packed with antioxidants which kill off tumours.
In tests on mice the potatoes, usually the size of a golf ball, halted the growth ofbowel cancers by targeting their “master” stem cells.
Prof Jairam Vanamala, of Pennsylvania State University in the US said a starch in the potatoes boosted the immune function in the gut.
And this could cause cancer cells to “self-destruct.”
Prof Vanamala said: “Our earlier work and other research studies suggest potatoes, including purple potatoes, contain resistant starch, which serves as a food for the gut bacteria, that the bacteria can covert to beneficial short chain fatty acids such as butyric acid.
“The butyric acid regulates immune function in the gut, suppresses chronic inflammation and may also help to cause cancer cells to self-destruct.”
He added that the same compounds that give potatoes, as well as other fruits and vegetables, a rainbow of vibrant colours may also be effective.
Prof Vanamala said: “When you eat from the rainbow, instead of one compound, you have thousands of compounds, working on different pathways to suppress the growth of cancer stem cells. “Because cancer is such a complex disease, a silver bullet approach is just not possible for most cancers.” (source)