Nightshade family vegetables are the most commonly used vegetables. Potatoes, tomatoes and eggplant are few examples of this family. The members of this family contain a chemical compound which when taken in high doses might flare up arthritis symptoms. Till date there no research study has been able to prove the effect of nightshade vegetables on arthritis patients.
Many of the arthritic patients consider Nightshade Vegetables to flare up the condition. There is no research study to support that nightshade vegetables can flare up arthritic condition. But if you feel that by removing these vegetables from your diet can improve your symptoms then go for it. But according to some people nightshade vegetables are useful for arthritic patients as these are low calorie, nutritious vegetables.
Common Vegetables of Nightshade Family
But the first question that arises is which vegetables constitute the Nightshade Family. Vegetables belonging to this family are called as nightshade because they are supposed to grow during night. Botanically nightshade family is known as Solanaceae Family. Most common nightshade vegetables are as follows:
- Garden Huckleberry
- Ground Cherries
Significance of Nightshade Vegetables in Arthritis Patients
Nightshade vegetables contain solanine which is a glycoalkaloid. Properties of this compound are given below:
- This compound is toxic if consumed in high doses
- It has the potential to affect the enzymatic reactions which involve calcium hence resulting in weakening of the bones and joints.
- It acts as an irritant which leads to inflammation especially at the nerve endings and joints.
This compound (Solanine) is present in the green parts of the vegetable. Ensure that the green part is removed before consumption. It is better that you select ripe vegetables before buying. It is advisable for you to remove stalk, stem and leaves while you eat them. Even cooking does not destroy this toxic substance hence you need to be careful while consuming nightshade vegetables.
How Does a Nightshade Vegetable Affect Arthritis Patients?
Generally, the body can mange the toxin levels present in fully ripe and sensibly selected vegetables. But an arthritis patient’s body is already stressed and the toxin levels are high. Hence consumption of nightshade vegetables will add to the toxic levels and stress. Therefore many arthritis patients complain about pain and inflammation in their joints after consuming nightshade vegetables. You can call this coincidence but, the number of arthritis cases is more in the area where nightshades’ consumption is high.
How to Test Sensitivity towards Nightshade Vegetables?
The best way to check your sensitivity towards nightshade vegetables is to avoid them for a month completely. During the month of complete inhibition if you observe some joint pain relief, then it is clear that you are sensitive to nightshade vegetables. Then, one at a time introduce them into your diet and check for any increase in your joint pain. This process would help you in determining the specific nightshade vegetable which flares your condition.
How to Deal with Nightshades Sensitivity?
Complete inhibition of nightshade vegetables is difficult but it is the easiest method to control your symptoms. Tomatoes and potatoes are most frequently used nightshade vegetables in preparing sauces and base. Try to avoid nightshade vegetables in your diet. If you’re eating processed food then check the label before consuming it. And once your condition is completely under control then consult your doctor before you start using them.