Potatoes contain unique antibacterial molecules that can treat stomach ulcers, according to scientists at Manchester University.
Members of the university’s microbiology team now hope the substance, dubbed ‘potato juice’ could go into production as a daily diet supplement.
Uniquely, unlike with antibiotics, the stomach bacteria cannot develop resistance to the ‘potato juice’, which also does not cause any side-effects.
Scientists at the university even carried out the test on different types of potatoes – discovering Maris Piper and King Edward varieties worked the best. It led to the discovery of a key molecule, which could both cure and prevent the bacteria that lives in the stomach and causes stomach ulcers and heartburn.
The process to extract the as yet unnamed molecule has now been patented, with hopes it could one day be sold as a supplement similar to probiotic yoghurt drinks.