Doctors call the diseasethe “silent killer” as it doesn’t cause any specific symptoms – it is very hard to detect and people don’t notice it until it’s too late. Colorectal cancer is one of the two leading causes of death. Although conventional treatment, chemotherapy, and use of medicines is the most common way to address this issue, many people claim that they have managed to cure this disease with the help of alternative medicine.

Needless to say, prevention is always better than the cure. But,it has been found that there a food which is extremely potent when it comes to preventing colon cancer. Both in vitro and in vivo studies have shown that purple potatoes are an amazing tool against colon cancer.

Purple potatoes originated in Peru, but today organic purple potatoes can be found in almost all health food stores sell. One of the most recommended recipes for this powerful cancer-fighting food is to cut and boil the potatoes, since they’re too small for baking, then mash them with some organic butter and real sea salt. Another way to prepare them is to make a potato salad.

Purple potatoes are abundant in anthocyanin pigments, which are extremely effective in destroying colon cancer stem cells. Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that develop into many different cell types in the body to produce more stem cells.

The thing with cancer stem cells is that they are much stronger and more resilient to conventional oncology treatments. This means that even if the treatment kills most cancer cells, the stem cells remain intact and create future cancer cells. This is basically the main reason why cancer reappears after remission.

A recent Penn State University study examining the anti-cancer effects of purple potatoes found that even baked potatoes can destroy not only cancer cells, but also stem cancer cells with the help of anthocyanins.

What the researchers did was use extracts from the baked potatoes in their in-vitro studies and in-vivo fed animals with colon cancers. The findings revealed that baked purple potatoes gave positive results in reversing tumor growths.

“You might want to compare cancer stem cells to roots of the weeds,” said Jairam K.P. Vanamala, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Food Science at Penn State University. “You may cut the weed, but as long as the roots are still there, the weeds will keep growing back and, likewise, if the cancer stem cells are still present, the cancer can still grow and spread.”