In this article, we’re going to discuss about a group of plants which includes the family of Solanaceae with more than 2,000 different species. These include many popular foods that people consume these days: potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant and all types of peppers. Some foods that aren’t really members of this group, but are full of the same alkaloids that induce inflammation include Indian Ginseng or ashwagandha, huckleberries, goji berries and blueberries.
According to scientists, the inflammation is induced by solanine, a specific chemical these nightshades contain. Now researchers claim that it causes irritation for the gastrointestinal tract. Our bloodstream absorbs it and it destroys the red blood cells which carry oxygen.
Solanine can also pose danger for our nervous system. It isn’t water soluble, can’t break down in our body and we can’t destroy it by cooking. There are many foods which contain other neurotoxins besides this one, like: nicotine and atropine.
Arthritis Flare-Ups Can Appear Because Of Nightshades
This health problem is actually one of the greatest that nightshades cause. According to some researchers, some people are even misdiagnosed with arthritis when they are actually only sensitive to nightshades.
The metabolism of calcium is affected by different alkaloids. It isn’t still understood well, but it is said that calcium becomes eliminated from the bones when we consume nightshades and it is gathered in our soft tissues, which actually causes a great ground for the appearance of arthritis.
That’s why, many researchers recommend people with joint problems like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis or gout should stop the consumption of nightshade foods.
Here Is A List Of Nightshade Foods
- Eggplant (aubergine)
- Tomatoes (all kinds)
- Potatoes (except yams and sweet potatoes)
- Goji berries
- Pepino Melon
- Peppers (all kinds, even cayenne and chili)
- Tomarillos (a fruit that resembles plums and originates from Peru)
- Blueberries & Garden Huckleberry
- The Homeopathic “Belladonna”
The soy sauce that is prepared in the USA uses GMO soybeans. They are usually cut with a nightshade plant called Petunia. You’d better use Braggs Amino Acids from any health food store as it is soy sauce that is fermented naturally and it also contains spring water. The taste is the same as in any other soy sauce.
Note: The condiments like peppercorns and black/white pepper do not belong to the group of nightshades!
Other Products That You Should Avoid
Edible flowers: day jasmine, Petunia, devil’s trumpets chalice vine and angel
Homeopathic remedies which contain Belladonna as it is also called deadly nightshade
Scopolamine and Atropine that are present in sleeping pills
Medicines on prescription or over-the-counter full of potato starch (they are mostly relaxing medicines and sleeping pills)
Vodka (because potatoes are used in its production)
Different baking powders full of potato starch
Topical medicines used against inflammation and pain full of capsicum, usually found in cayenne pepper
Stop licking envelopes since adhesives are usually full of potato starch
You also have to read every label carefully so that you can discover all ingredients in the products you’re buying. Sometimes even the smallest amount can cause a problem. Don’t buy foods that use generic terms for spices or seasonings as you will never be certain about what they actually contain.
In case you ‘re suspecting that nightshades have an effect on you, take a challenge for 3 months and start avoiding all foods considered to be nightshades. You should even start reading medicines and all kinds of foods.
Try to discuss with your doctor about medicines. Be careful if you have some stiffness, headaches, aches, loss of energy, pains, as well as respiratory problems or many different symptoms. That will significantly help you to eliminate any food that may be causing a problem.