Potatoes Help Prevent Cancer



Potatoes have long been known for their health giving benefits. So much so that the Great Potato Famine of 1845 and1846 led to many deaths when the potato crops were ruined.

Potatoes have natural chemicals called glycoalkaloids. These substances help protect the potato from insects, bacteria and fungus in the soil so are in and just under the skin of the potato so to gain these health benefits the skin of the potato must be eaten.

These same substances, chaconine and solanine in particular, have been found to have the ability to stop the growth of cancer cells, especially those of the colon, stomach, liver, and cervix.

Yellow, red and even blue potatoes are now available. These contain still other chemicals called polyphenols and anthocyanins which provide high nutrient values of antioxidants.

These varieties of potatoes can be found almost everywhere. And if not, they are very easy to grow in the home garden.

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