Deadly nightshade plants and arthritis…


…urgent need for research based on strong anecdotal evidence

  • People with arthritis used to be told to eat less foods from the deadly nightshade family (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, aubergines, goji berries) as a way of reducing symptoms.
  • In recent years this thinking has been widely dispelled as a myth.
  • There is no scientific evidence that suggests that foods from the deadly nightshade family exacerbate arthritis symptoms. But equally, there is no research concluding that they don’t.
  • Bearing in mind the wealth of anecdotal evidence from people with arthritis that eliminating all (or particular) nightshade foods from their diet has made a fundamental difference to their symptoms, it is somewhat surprising that no studies have been done in the area.
  • It could be that some people have individual reactions to particular foods and do see an improvement in their symptoms if they eliminate them. Perhaps some of us have genes that make us more susceptible to the effects of solanine, or another component of deadly nightshade plants. Why wouldn’t experts put deadly nightshade plants to the test in light of all the anecdotal evidence in the area?


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