A 2011 study has found that sweet potato greens extract (SPGE) may soon become a valuable tool in the fight against cancer. The study found that SPGE not only ‘remarkably inhibited’ the growth and progression of cancer cells, but the administration of SPGE led to absolutely no toxicity, unlike mainstream cancer solutions.
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.”
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: