Sweet potato green extract even “perturbed cell cycle progression, reduced clonogenic survival, modulated cell cycle and apoptosis regulatory molecules and induced apoptosis in human prostate cancer PC-3 cells both in vitro and in vivo.”
The study abstract concludes:
“Oral administration of 400 mg/kg SPGE remarkably inhibited growth and progression of prostate tumor xenografts by ∼69% in nude mice, as shown by tumor volume measurements and non-invasive real-time bioluminescent imaging. Most importantly, SPGE did not cause any detectable toxicity to rapidly dividing normal tissues such as gut and bone marrow. This is the first report to demonstrate the in vitro and in vivo anticancer activity of sweet potato greens in prostate cancer.”Prostate cancer affects more than 235,00 people annually in the US alone. The disease is a multi-billion dollar industry for Big Pharma, with most people being referred to chemo and radiation to treat the disease. Others are treated with immunotherapry or surgery, or even vaccines, but just eating sweet potato greens might circumvent these invasive and costly procedures. Research, and perhaps some case studies, will tell.
In addition to supplying natural anti-cancer power and even being called ‘chemopreventative‘, sweet potato leaves are also healing in other ways, too. Full of fiber, beta carotene, vitamins C and E, and minerals manganese and potassium, the leaves of this root vegetable can:
- Lower blood sugar levels
- Help an ailing stomach
- Offer cardiovascular disease relief