Potato juice 'combats stomach ulcers'

9 August 2012

Consuming potato juice could help to combat stomach ulcers, according to a new study.

A team of researchers at Manchester University have found unique antibacterial molecules in potatoes that are able to treat stomach ulcers.

The stomach bacteria that causes ulcers and heartburn is unable to develop immunity to the so-called 'potato juice', and it has not been seen to exhibit any side effects.

When it came to which types of potatoes worked the best, results showed that King Edward and Maris Piper types had the best effect.

The process by which the molecule is extracted from the potato has been patented, and scientists hope that one day it could be made into a daily diet supplement.

Ian Roberts, professor of microbiology at the Faculty of Life Sciences, explained that the process was discovered after one of the scientist's boyfriend's grandmother told her over Sunday lunch that she used potatoes to cure stomach ulcers.

"When I first heard about the idea of using potatoes to treat stomach ulcers I have to admit I was a bit sceptical. But on another level I wasn't surprised - a lot of botanical products have very interesting compounds and we just have to find them," he commented.

Posted by Edward Bartel

 

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