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Nightshades Plants in a Nutshell
Solanaceae OR Solanum

Green Nightshades are Worse: Green Potatoes, Green Tomatoes, Green Bell, Peppers are the worst for you. and most nightshade vegetables are harvested when green (not good). (Green tomatoes turn red after harvesting).

What are Night Shade Vegetables?
Tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, red and green peppers and paprika, Peppers of all kinds green, red, chili, paprika, cayenne, hot and sweet, Bell peppers (green, red, yellow, cherry), Paprika, Cayenne pepper (capsicum), Pimento, Chili peppers, Hot peppers (long & red, red cluster), Tobacco is also a nightshade. So is Jimson weed.

Exceptions: Sweet Potatoes (high in Vitamin A), and Yams (not high in Vitamin A), and Black and white peppers do not fall into this category. Avocados are also OK (in fact, Avocados are high in essential, preferred amino acids, and healthy fats).

Tomatoes, Lycopene and Vitamins
Nightshade family vegetables all have at least some fiber and carbohydrates, but most of the vegetables stand out for at least one type of nutrient. Tomatoes, for example, are known for their lycopene content, which may play a role in preventing some cancers, eye problems and heart disease. They also contain a good amount of vitamins A and C;

Do Nightshades Cause Joint Pain?
Because nightshades are only a problem for a small number of people, it’s overkill to suggest that everyone should avoid them.

People with arthritis are sometimes advised to avoid all nightshade plants because they are said to cause inflammation.  But this advice really only applies to people who have a sensitivity to solanine.  For these folks, eating nightshade plants causes an inflammatory reaction—including joint pain.

Because most people are not sensitive to solanine, however, I think it’s  misleading to characterize nightshade plants as “inflammatory,” and it’s certainly overkill to suggest that everyone with arthritis should avoid them—especially because they have so much going for them nutritionally. Nightshade plants are high in antioxidants, which actually help reduce inflammation. And chili peppers also contain capsaicin, a strongly anti-inflammatory compound. So, if you’re an arthritis sufferer, I’d think these would be foods you’d want to eat more of—unless, of course, you are among the minority that is sensitive to them.

How to Tell if You’re Sensitive to Nightshades
If you have joint pain—and tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, and/or eggplant are a regular part of your diet—try eliminating all nightshades from your diet for at least two weeks and see if you notice any difference in your symptoms. If you see an improvement, you might be among those who are sensitive to solanine. For you, avoiding nightshades might help reduce joint pain or other symptoms of inflammation. If you don’t notice a difference, chances are that nightshades are not a problem for you and you can feel free to enjoy these otherwise nutritious foods.


    1. Hi Linda
      It can take between 3-6 months as this is the cycle for all cells in the body to be replaced.

  1. Why is there so many confusing different doctors saying a variety of ideas on what nightshade fruits and vegetables you can or can not eat? It leaves a person not knowing what to do. I have osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes. So what should I eat?

    1. Hi Rhonda
      The best way to get information on foods to eat is to schedule an appointment with the nutritionist especially at holistic one.
      The reason why one diet doesn’t suit everyone is because everybody has a different personal history and family history of diseases.
      The age and the sex of individual also determines dietary recommendations.
      I would suggest to find qualified holistic nutritionist.
      We provide this service. You can schedule an online Skype or face time appointment with our clinic.

      Hermeet Suri

  2. I took some ashwagandha capsule . Within a few hours I was violently ill. Nausea , vomiting , explosive diarrhea , four hours of total body rejecting this poison . I thought I would die . My doctors don’t believe me . I know it was solanie poisoning . I am now eliminating nightshade foods . I also have bipolar 1 , hypothyroid symptoms and am starting Wilson protocol . What about turmeric ? I was taking it with black pepper .

  3. many years ago I developed a very bad reaction to peppers – rather lke violent food poisoning and I have studiously avoided them ever since. Although I had no such effect from potatoes and tomatoes, I eat them only very occasionally, and in small amounts due to suggested bad affect on arthritis.

  4. I am unsure wether I have a night shade allergy, but I have a strong suspicion; About 3 years ago I started having a strange eczema on my hands. The skin on my finger tips would peel off when in contact with water. Later, this applied to the skin on the tip of my toes too. Then, 11 months ago I gave birth for the first time. During labour I was in water for over an hour, but strangely enough I had no peeling skin on my finger tips. Now, my daughter is almost 11 months old and eating several times a day. Therefor I am in the kitchen a lot. I’ve realised that especially after peeling potatoes my skin peels off a lot. Then I started thinking back: I have always had a strange feeling in the back of my mouth whenever eating capsicum/red pepper. Some years ago (very likely 3 years ago) this reaction stopped and I was able to eat capsicum again. I love capsicum, so this has been a big part of my diet since. Also, 3 years ago I started having pain in my shoulder, and I haven’t been able to explain why the pain started.
    Now, I’ve tried to cut out capsicum for over a week, and I have no skin peeling of my fingers anymore, even though I’m doing dishes and washing/preparing lots of veggies every day! Before I had to put gloves on to do the dishes or prepare veggies. Now I only put them on when handling potatoes. It’s amazing not having to put on gloves every single time I need to do something that requires water! Even taking a shower would make my skin peel off heaps. Maybe my feet will even look nice enough to wear sandals this upcoming summer!
    My question is: If I have an allergy to capsicum and to raw potatoes, would I then have an allergy to all night shades or is it possible that I might be able to eat e.g. cooked potatoes and tomatoes? I haven’t been able to find any informations about skin peel and night shade, so might it just be a coincidence that my skin has stopped peeling right now?

    1. Hi Louise,
      An sort of allergies that just begin randomly that were not present in you early life indicates deficiency in the body.
      This could be energy based or nutrient base.
      I would ask you to visit http://nutritiondata.self.com/ which is free to use and compare the makeup of the potatoes and capsicum and see what they have in common.
      Also if you do some mind body work that will help.
      If you really want to get to the bottom of it goto http://www.23andme.ca and get an genetic test done.
      Once thats done you need to provide an expert who does the analysis.
      This will let you know which genes are being effected etc.
      Homeopathic remedy can treat the energy and epigenetics also and that you need to consult with a classic homeopath.

      Hope you luck
      If you want an consultation in all the above I can provide it also as I am certified in all the areas mentioned.



  5. I am sensitive to nightshade vegetables. I LOVE tomatoes and eggplant but I get so stiff an achy after eating them. Is there anything I can do to still be able to eat them occasionally without the pain and stiffness?

    1. Hi Sue,
      You can try by considering enzymes intake before every meal. Also i would introduce soil based probiotics. These both can help with improving bodies ability to break down nightshade family components.


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