Nightshades belong to the Solanaceae family, and there are around 2,000 species and varieties existing in nature.
According to numerous studies nightshades can cause and increase inflammation, resulting from a compound present in them, known as solanine. It has been discovered that solanine which every plant has it in its structure can greatly affect the gastrointestinal tract and disrupt the normal bloodstream flow.
This compound can impede acetyl cholinesterase, as a result of which an excessive build-up of Ach in the nerves can be caused. In fact, this happens if the Ach receptors are intensively incited.
Solanine is not water soluble and hence cannot be eliminated via cooking. As a result of all of this, alpha-solanine is secreted, which is a neurotoxin that can substantially damage the nervous system. The plants that have alpha-solanine in their content have another 15 toxins that can harm the organism, for instance atropine and nicotine.
The plants that contain solanine are the most widely used like potatoes, tomatoes, all types of peppers, and eggplant. In this bunch are also included blueberries, huckleberries, goji berries and ashwagandha (Indian Ginseng) since they have similar inflammatory structure.
Nightshades May Be the Reason for Your Arthritis Flare-Ups
Arthritis is the most frequent condition that happens due to the consumption of nightshades. Once it happens, the calcium metabolism is greatly interrupted by alkaloids as nightshades can soak in bone calcium and cause arthritis.
Patients suffering from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or with some other similar issues are strongly advised to stay away from the consumption of nightshades and introduce new dietary changes.
According to Norman F. Childers, Ph.D., the founder of the Arthritis Nightshades Research Foundation, quoting:
“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.”
Some patients experience odd reactions which result from the fact that the body contains an alkaloid known as tropane.
If it is not properly handled, the organism may become more sensitive to different diseases like allergies and asthma.
It will need approximately three months to see first incredible effects from excluding the nightshades from your diet.
Therefore, if you experience any joint-related issue or you are suffering from lupus, rheumatism, arthritis, or chronic pain, plants like nightshades are the first ones excluded from your eating regime for good.
Here below is the list of all nightshades plants.
The Nightshade List
- Cayenne Pepper
- Eggplant (Aubergine)
- Garden Huckleberry and Blueberries (these plants have in their content alkaloids that cause inflammation)
- Goji berries
- Potatoes (all varieties, except sweet potatoes or yams)
- Pepino Melon
- Tomatoes (all varieties, including tomatillos)
- Tomarillos (a plum-like fruit from Peru)
- The Homeopathic “Belladonna”
You have to be very careful regarding the use of soy sauce as it can be a derivative of genetically modified (GMO) soy beans, originating Petunia, which is a nightshade as well. If you want to maintain proper health always go for Braggs Amino Acids.
Note that the condiments black/white pepper and peppercorns are not a part of the nightshades family.
Other things to avoid are:
- Prescribed and over-the-counter medications based on potato starch.
- Baking powders based on potato starch.
- Do not lick envelopes, because they often contain potato starch.
- Vodka (potatoes are used in its production)
- Atropine and Scopolamine, found in sleeping pills.
- Homeopathic remedies having in their content the deadly nightshade called Belladonna.
- Edible flowers like: chalice vine, day jasmine, petunia, angel and devil’s trumpets.
- Topical pain and inflammation drugs containing capsicum, which is found in cayenne pepper.
Pay extra attention to products’ labels and be well informed before going to shopping.
Three Month Test
If you are not sure about the origin of your medical issues, then you can take a three-month test. In this period of time, stay away from any kind of nightshades consumption. Likewise, be very careful about the intake of the prescription drugs. Therefore, in order to find out which drugs are best for your health, you need to consult your physician.
When the three month challenge passes, start with consuming nightshades once a day. Carefully monitor any aches, pains, stiffness, lack of energy, breathing issues, migraines, and other symptoms. If you are detecting any of these symptoms, then for good eliminate nightshades from your nutrition.
If you continue with the use of nightshades, you are putting your health at great danger and at the same time waste money on pharmaceutical medications as pharmacy business annually earns $635 billion in order to treat this condition, which in fact is unnecessary if you do not consume nightshades anymore.
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