Potato purple prevents tumors

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The pigment of the purple potato could be an ally in the prevention of tumors. This is the conclusion that a group of researchers from Kansas State University would have reached.

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The pigment of the viola potato it could be a ally in cancer prevention. This is the conclusion to which a group of researchers of the Kansas State University, the PhD student Soyoung Lim with the contribution of prof. George Wang and other colleagues, would arrive. what is the pigment in question? Do we find these potatoes commonly on the market? Is it a reliable study?


These are some of the many questions we ask ourselves as soon as a new fruit is revealed by its salvific characteristics. In this case the pigment in question is due to the high content of anthocyanins, substances with antioxidant and anti-aging properties. The same pigment is found in different sizes in blueberries, red grapes and red cabbage.

The potato in question, however, is not found at the greengrocer, unfortunately. It is the result of changes also made within the Kansas State University, by the professor of horticulture. Those that are occasionally found on the market are dark purple potatoes, which do not have the same characteristics, even though they are part of the same family.

The project was presented in April at New Orleans Experimental Biology Meeting. We are currently in the follow-up phase, which will be followed this summer by a treatment of the animals with cancer cells with pigments.

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