- September 9, 2013
- Posted by: Dr. Elise Cohen Ho
- Category: Health & Wellness
Nightshade vegetables are inflammatory in nature.
Vegetables in the nightshade family include eggplant, tomato, potatoes and all peppers. Incidentally, Goji berries, gooseberries, and ashwagandha are not true nightshades but still present many of the same problems. In the same way that nightshade vegetables have alkaloids present so do these types of foods and herbs. For this reason inflammation can be the result.
The nightshade vegetables contain a compound called alkaloids and may interfere with joint repair. Consequently, inflammation may be caused.
Nightshade vegetables contain a form of vitamin D that is potentially harmful. The U.S. National Library of Medicine advises that an overdose can cause weakness in addition to muscle and bone pain. Another potential issue is that overconsumption can lead to calcium being leached from bones and deposited in the soft tissues. In fact, with this deposit the stage is set for arthritis. For this reason, anyone with joint problems should consider the elimination of nightshades.
Cholinesterase, a naturally occurring enzyme in our body, has the job of regulating muscle flexibility. Solanine is a poison that is found in green potatoes and interferes with cholinesterase. This can then cause issue with comfortable movement and muscle efficiency.
It is important to be aware as recipes that may include this family of vegetables are plentiful. First and foremost, protect yourself.
Medicine may contain Potato Starch Fillers and edible flowers can be of issue. Belladonna, a homeopathic remedy, must be avoided. Belladonna is known as a deadly nightshade due to the leaves and berries being toxic. Regrettably, a person with nightshade sensitivity may even have issue with licking envelopes as many adhesives contain potato starch.
In conclusion, if you suffer from inflammation removing nightshades from your diet may help.
A more complete list of nightshade vegetables is listed below. Use it to develop a plan specific to you. Reach out if you need help.
- White potatoes
- All Peppers
- Goji berries
- Sorrel Herb
Have you cut back on eating nightshade vegetables? Has it provided relief from your aches and pains? Let us know in the comments.