Sweet potatoes are delicious, nutritious and easily available that even NASA chooses them for their space missions. Some individuals consider them super food, which isn’t odd knowing that they contain the most nutrients per dollar worth.
Besides being delicious, sweet potatoes are praised for their anti-cancer properties. Almost a century earlier, it was found that the vegetable contains a unique protein, which was later discovered to possess anti-cancer properties. In the beginning, the protein was tested against leukemia, and the outcomes revealed that it can hinder the growth of leukemia cells in petri dishes.
When proteins go into the stomach, they are immediately digested, so in order to avoid this problem, researchers tested the sweet potatoes’ protein against tongue cancer cells. Tongue cancer patients are usually treated with chemotherapy which has harmful side-effects. This made the protein test all the more essential as it might present a potential natural cancer cure. The protein performed very well– it reduced the viability of cancer cells in vitro in just days, which suggested that sweet potatoes are a potential cure for tongue cancer indeed.
The protein was later tested on 9 women suffering from advanced cervical cancer, and in 2 of the cases it survived the digestion and managed to go into the bloodstream. The protein was even tested against the most dangerous type of cancer, colorectal cancer and showed incredible results! It stopped the development of the illness and lowered the cancer cell invasion and migration, which further confirms sweet potatoes’ remarkable capacity as a cancer remedy.