Fruits and vegetables are more than favorable for our health. However, certain products can bring negative effects if consumed in the wrong way.
Nightshades are a particular group of plants that derives from the Solanaceae family. This family includes more than 2,000 species of plants. We know most of these plants, including tomatoes, potatoes, all types of peppers and eggplant.
Sometimes blueberries, huckleberries, goji berries and ashwaganda (Indian Ginseng) can fall into this group although they are not particularly nightshades plants.
Inflammation can occur as result of nightshades consumption, since they contain a chemical known as solanine. As researchers point out, this brings inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract.
If this chemical gets in touch with the bloodstream, it can damage the red blood cells, which are in charge of carrying oxygen to the blood. Solanine can easily cause build-up of ACh (neurotransmitter acetylcholine) in the nerves.
Furthermore, this burdens the nervous receptors and which are in charge of stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system.
Since solanine is not soluble in water, cooking does not affect it so for a person to get rid of it, it has to do it in the form of alpha-solanine. Alpha-solanine is classified as a neuro-toxin.
The majority of foods which we eat have alpha-solanine in them and other neurotoxins including atropine and nicotine.
Nightshades Trigger Arthritis
Arthritis is one of the side effects that nightshades bring along. In some cases researchers have found that overconsumption of arthritis can be mistaken for arthritis.
Nightshade foods drawn out he calcium from the bones and make the weak and brittle. That is why patients suffering from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or different joint problems like gout, are advised to exclude nightshades from their menu.
The founder of the Arthritis Nightshades Research Foundation, PhD Norman F. Childers says this regarding the matter: “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.” This reaction appears because of a particular alkaloid known as tropane, which makes people who have it, extra sensitive.
By omitting nightshades from your diet you probably will never need an inhaler again and you knee problems will vanish. Here is the full list of nightshade plants you should be aware of:
- Potatoes (all varieties, NOT sweet potatoes or yams)
- Tomatoes (all varieties, including tomatillos)
- Eggplant (aubergine)
- Peppers (all varieties such as bell pepper, wax pepper, green & red peppers, chili peppers, cayenne, paprika, etc.)
- Tomarillos (a plum-like fruit from Peru)
- Goji berries
- Garden Huckleberry & Blueberries (contain the alkaloids that induce inflammation)
- Pepino Melon
- The Homeopathic “Belladonna”
- Cayenne Pepper
Aside from these, you should also avoid soy sauce that contains GMO soy beans, which are cut with the nightshade plant Petunia. If you do have to have it, choose Braggs Amino Acids at your local store.
This type of soy sauce ferments genuinely and only contains clear water.
Attention: The black or white pepper and pepper corns do not fall into the nightshades category.
What Else To Avoid
- Homeopathic remedies containing Belladonna (known as deadly nightshade)
- Prescription and over-the-counter drugs full of potato starch (often found in sleeping and muscle relaxing meds)
- Edible flowers: Petunia, chalice vine, day jasmine, angel and devil’s trumpets
- Atropine and Scopolamine, used in sleeping pills
- Topical medications for pain and inflammation full of (found in cayenne pepper)
- Numerous baking powders contain potato starch
- Also avoid licking envelopes, since the glue contains starch.
- Vodka (potatoes used in production)
Be careful when you’re picking out vodka and never go with the ones based on spices, so read labels accordingly.
Three Month Challenge
It is best to start getting used to a life without nightshades by engaging into a three-month challenge. Avoid all nightshade products and steer clear of prescriptions, over the counter medications and other processed foods containing nightshades.
When three months pass, incorporate one nightshade at a time into your diet. You will definitely notice aches, pains, stiffness, and loss of energy, headaches, respiratory problems or any other symptoms, because of the nightshades presence. That will encourage you to never try them again.
The Cost of Pain
The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies published a research on June 29, 2011 and showed that almost 116 million adult Americans deal with pains on a daily basis. This exceeds the number of cancer, diabetes and heart diseases patients. To treat this pain, the patients spend $635 billion dollars per year.