There are about 2,000 species and verities of nightshades in nature. These plants belong to the Solanaceae family and are found in the most popular foods, including tomatoes, potatoes, all types of peppers, and eggplant.
Also, other plants containing similar inflammatory structure are blueberries, huckleberries, goji berries and ashwagandha (Indian Ginseng).
Many studies debated that nightshades can trigger and increase inflammation, due to a compound found in them, known as solanine. It has now come to light that this compound and every plant that has it in its structure, is able to impact the gastrointestinal tract hugely and interrupt the normal bloodstream flow.
Solanine can furthermore inhibit acetylcholinesterase, which later causes excessive build-up of ACh in the nerves. Standardly, this happens if the Ach receptors are stimulated intensively.
The worst part about Solanines is that they’re not water soluble and cannot be destroyed via cooking. As a result, alpha-solanine is secreted.
This is a well-known neurotoxin that harms the nervous system significantly. Most plants which have alpha-solanine also have another 15 toxins that harm the organism, for example atropine and nicotine.
Nightshades Could Be Causing Your Arthritis Flare-Ups
Arthritis is one of the most common occurrences that happen as a result of consuming nightshades.
When this begins, the calcium metabolism is highly interrupted by alkaloids. Due to fact unknown, nightshades can soak in bone calcium and cause arthritis as a result.
That is why doctors strongly advise osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or other patients with similar issues, to steer clear of nightshades and introduce new dietary changes.
Founder of the Arthritis Nightshades Research Foundation, Norman F. Childers, Ph.D. has said, regarding this issue:
“Diet appears to be a factor in the etiology of arthritis based on surveys of over 1400 volunteers during a 20-year period. Plants in the drug family, Solanaceae (nightshades) are an important causative factor in arthritis in sensitive people.”
Certain patients often experience strange reactions and this is due to the fact the body has an alkaloid called tropane in it.
If left unhandled, this may trigger the organism to become more sensitive to various diseases, including asthma and allergies.
It takes about three months to notice first am remarkable results from omitting nightshades from your nutrition.
So, if you are experiencing any joint-related problem or are suffering from arthritis, lupus, rheumatism or chronic pain, nightshades are the first thing that needs to be removed from your nutrition for good.
The Nightshade List
- Tomatoes (all varieties, including tomatillos)
- Potatoes (all varieties, except sweet potatoes or yams)
- Eggplant (aubergine)
- Peppers (all varieties, including bell pepper, wax pepper, green & red peppers, chili peppers, cayenne, paprika, etc.)
- Goji berries
- Tomarillos (a plum-like fruit from Peru)
- Garden Huckleberry & Blueberries (contain the alkaloids that cause inflammation)
- Pepino Melon
- The Homeopathic “Belladonna”
- Cayenne Pepper
Additionally, you need to keep an eye on soy sauce, since it can be a derivative of genetically modified (GMO) soy beans, coming from Petunia, which is a nightshade itself.
To stay healthy, always go for Braggs Amino Acids instead.
Note: The condiments black/white pepper and peppercorns do NOT belong to the nightshades family
What else to avoid:
- Homeopathic remedies containing Belladonna (known as deadly nightshade)
- Prescription and over-the-counter meds based on potato starch
- Edible flowers: Petunia, chalice vine, day jasmine, angel and devil’s trumpets
- Atropine and Scopolamine, found in sleeping pills
- Topical pain and inflammation meds that have capsicum in them (found in cayenne pepper)
- Baking powders based on potato starch
- Avoid licking envelopes, because they often contain potato starch
- Vodka (potatoes used in production)
Pay attention to labels and make sure you are educated before going shopping.
Three Month Challenge
To make sure you are having problems with nightshades in particular, take a three-month test. During this period, stay away from all types of nightshades consumption. Also, be mindful of the prescription drugs you take.
To learn best which drugs are best for you, consult your physician.
After the challenge passes, try consuming nightshades once a day. Be mindful if any aches, pains, stiffness, and lack of energy resurface. The same goes for migraines, breathing issues and other symptoms.
If this is the case you’ll need to drop nightshades from your diet for good.
If you proceed to consume nightshades, you risk your health and you risk spending a lot of money (the yearly pharmacy business earns $635 billion to treat this) on unnecessary treatment.
Sometimes, you need to stay focused and determined and let the nightshades go, for your own and for your family’s sake.