Cancer cells are no match to the antioxidants powers in real food!
I’ve been in a little bit of a “what to make for dinner” slump lately! While I am by nature a person that lives by routine, I do like to change things up. Finding the time to look up new recipes is somewhat of a challenge, but by preparing a list before I shop in the long run saves me time and money! With my boys getting into the toddler stage, it can be a challenge to get them to eat their vegetables… Click on the picture today to find out how easy it is to get a variety of foods in them to keep healthy and I included a recipe that was easy, healthy and they loved it!
Have you ever picked up a peck of purple potatoes? Pure perfection. These odd, blue-skinned potatoes, native to the high Andes mountains of South America, are packed with potent antioxidant pigment compounds. Like blueberries, they get their peculiar purple coloration from compounds called anthocyanins.
And, according to researchers at Penn State, cooked purple potatoes have the ability to prevent colon cancer stem cells from spreading. They also kill some of the stem cells. Investigators note that cancer stem cells are like the roots of noxious weeds. While you may kill the weed above the surface, it often comes back, because the roots remain intact, capable of renewed growth. So any therapy that targets cancer stem cells is viewed as especially interesting.
Researchers conducted their investigations on laboratory mice. But the amounts the animals consumed were equivalent to amounts a normal healthy adult human might easily consume: about one large purple-fleshed potato a day. In addition to anthocyanins and chlorogenic acid (also found in highly beneficial coffee), potatoes contain resistant starch.
"Our earlier work and other research studies suggest that potatoes, including purple potatoes, contain resistant starch, which serves as a food for the gut bacteria, that the bacteria can covert to beneficial short-chain fatty acids such as butyric acid," researchers Jairam K.P. Vanamala said. "The butyric acid regulates immune function in the gut, suppresses chronic inflammation and may also help to cause cancer cells to self-destruct.”
The pigment compounds that give these potatoes their peculiar hue are also believed to possess substantial benefits. That’s in keeping with the widely held belief that eating a rainbow of colors is good for the body. "When you eat from the rainbow, instead of one compound, you have thousands of compounds, working on different pathways to suppress the growth of cancer stem cells," said Vanamala. "Because cancer is such a complex disease, a silver bullet approach is just not possible for most cancers."
In addition to helping prevent colon cancer, investigators believe it could be useful for people who have already been diagnosed and received treatment for the disease, as it can help prevent the recurrence of tumors.
Cheesy Blue Potato Pizza
1- 15” pizza crust( I buy mine premade, Costco has an organic packet that comes with 3 individual wrapped that stays fresh)
2- 1 pound of purple potatoes or if you can find the red, white and blue melody pack that works too!
3- 8 oz mozzarella cheese package
4- 1 package of sage jimmy dean sausage
5- ½ sweet onion
To make the potatoes- Add the potatoes to a large pot and cover with water. Add some salt and bring to a simmer, cooking the potatoes for about 20 minutes or until just fork tender. Drain the potatoes, briefly rinse them with cold water, drain and let them cool before slicing them. Heat the oven to the suggested temp on the pre packaged crust. Heat up a large skillet and start to crumble the sausage, once it is almost done take a paper towel and soak up as much of the grease as you can then add the chopped onion. Sauté the onion until it is clear and remove from heat. Slice the potatoes and layer over the pizza crust, then add the sausage/onion mixture and then the cheese. Follow the directions on the pre packaged crust for baking time. If you would like you can top it with a dill/sour cream or salsa!
Venkata Charepalli, Lavanya Reddivari, Sridhar Radhakrishnan, Ramakrishna Vadde, Rajesh Agarwal, Jairam K.P. Vanamala. Anthocyanin-containing purple-fleshed potatoes suppress colon tumorigenesis via elimination of colon cancer stem cells. The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, 2015; DOI: 10.1016/j.jnutbio.2015.08.005