Potato juice ameliorates dyspeptic complaints.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Dyspepsia (Prevention)
Dyspepsia (Research)
Potatoes (Health aspects)
Vegetable juices (Health aspects)
Pub Date: 12/22/2006
Publication: Name: Australian Journal of Medical Herbalism Publisher: National Herbalists Association of Australia Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2006 National Herbalists Association of Australia ISSN: 1033-8330
Issue: Date: Winter, 2006 Source Volume: 18 Source Issue: 4
Topic: Event Code: 310 Science & research
Product: Product Code: 0134100 Potatoes NAICS Code: 111211 Potato Farming SIC Code: 0134 Irish potatoes
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Australia Geographic Code: 8AUST Australia
Accession Number: 174817371
Full Text: Chrubasik S, Boyko T, Filippov Y, Torda T. 2006. Further evidence on the effectiveness of potato juice in dyspeptic complaints (Letter to the editor). Phytomed 13:8;596-7. (JS)

Besides providing nourishment, potatoes have been used traditionally in stews or broths for a variety of medicinal benefits. A 2004 study using 100 mL of potato juice demonstrated an anti-dyspeptic activity in adults as assessed via the gastrointestinal scale (GIS), and the disease-specific quality of life measures (QOLRAD) (Holtmann et al., 2004).

This present pilot trial sought to evaluate the efficacy of a potato juice concentrate (5-fold in strength) in reducing dyspepsia in 6 men and 12 women. Three of the patients took 2 teaspoons/day of the concentrate, nine took 3 teaspoons/day and five consumed 3 tablespoons/day with the GIS being used to measure the outcome.

After 6 days of treatment the GIS score had improved by 73% + 32% (p< 0.001). Fourteen patients improved their GIS by 60% or more and 10 patients rated the efficacy of the treatment as very good or good. The variation in dosage did not alter the outcome of the result reflecting that the efficacy of potato juice in treating dyspepsia is not dose dependant.

Comment: It is always encouraging to see clinical trials evaluating traditional medicinal therapies. Whilst the results of the two studies using potato juice confirm traditional usage of medicinal potato preparations, a larger controlled study is needed before definitive efficacy is established.

Jerome Sarris

3 Widgee Place, Chapel Hill Qld 4069

Cara Barnes

20 Brendon Street, Tarragindi Qld 4121
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