If you struggle with chronic gut issues, you know the damage that eating the wrong thing can do.
You spend your whole life figuring out which foods to avoid… and you rue the day you make the wrong choice.
Next thing you know, you’re spending hours on the toilet… doubled over in pain.
That’s no way to live…
Fortunately, there’s a “superfood” that FEEDS your gut what it needs to stay healthy… and keeps your bowels moving out of your body the way it’s supposed to.
Even better, it’s unbelievably delicious and sweet… yet it won’t spike your blood sugar.
And I GUARANTEE you’ve NEVER heard of it!
The Pacific Islander purple powerhouse
Archaeologists have found evidence of an ancient starchy plant in New Guinea dating back more than 10,000 years ago.
The prehistoric Pacific Ocean people relied on it for nutrition and health…
In fact, it was one of the first plants to be cultivated by our formerly hunter-and-gatherer ancestors.
It’s now known as ube, and it’s a special kind of yam.
Specifically, it’s a Filipino purple yam.
It gets its color… which can range from lavender to deep violet… from anthocyanin pigments, known as powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds.
And those phytonutrients are where you can find ube’s greatest potential to benefit your health.
But most folks outside of the Pacific Islands have never heard of ube…
This starchy plant has been eclipsed by the sweet potato pretty much everywhere in the world… except the Philippines and Japan.
It even grows in the wild right here in this country, where it’s found its way to the more tropical climates of Florida and Georgia.
But Americans have COMPLETELY OVERLOOKED this therapeutic tuber!
In folk medicine, ube is known for its laxative properties…
And more recent studies have confirmed how it can make your “toilet time” more productive… and your poop easier to pass.
We now ALSO know that eating ube provides prebiotic fiber that’s essential to maintaining a balanced gut.
But a 2017 study published in Food & Function found it also holds promise in treating inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), including colitis.
And those anthocyanins I mentioned are renowned for their ability to EXTINGUISH inflammation in IBD patients.
American restauranteurs get their ube frozen… or as a dehydrated powder or extract. But if you find ube served in this country, it’s probably as a dessert or baked good – and drowning in sugar.
Ube on its own, however, has a low glycemic index… which makes this “good starch” friendly for Paleo diets.
If you can find ube fresh and whole – perhaps at your local Asian market — keep the skins on when you boil or bake them.
That’s where you’ll find the highest concentration of anthocyanins.
You’ll want to avoid ube if you’re prone to kidney stones or if your kidneys are compromised it any way, as it contains a high concentration of oxalates.
As an alternative, other anthocyanin-rich foods include dark berries (blueberries, blackberries, black raspberries), red cabbage, and purple cauliflower.