One aspect that goes entirely ignored by the medical establishment is the effect diet can play on arthritis and arthritis flareups. As early as the 1940s, research by Norman F. Childers PhD, determined that a specific group of vegetables within the “deadly nightshade” family can exacerbate arthritic conditions. There is an impressive body of research that confirms Dr. Childers’ research.
The Deadly Nightshade family consists of a large number different of plants, so named for the often poisonous leaves, though many of the fruits are common foods. Most infamous among this family is Belladonna – widely recognized as poisonous, followed by Tobacco in a distance second place – most are aware of the dangers of the latter plant as well.
You Are Highly Encouraged to Avoid the Following Nightshade Vegetables & Seasonings:
• Red & Green (Bell) Peppers
Also be aware of processed foods containing nightshade plant derivatives such as potato starch, tomato paste, and any product that include the rather vague ingredient “natural flavoring”.
Why Do Nightshade Family Foods Affect Arthritis?
Research has determined that eating nightshade foods results in a buildup of “cholinesterase inhibiting glycoalkaloids and steroids” and may cause “inflammation, muscle spasms, pain, and stiffness”. As we age our bodies typically produce less cholinesterase, which reduces agility. Adding cholinesterase inhibitors such as foods from the nightshade family can greatly worsen arthritic conditions. Those suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis are often the most affected by these foods.
What Can I Expect by Avoiding Nightshade Family Foods?
In 1993, a study published in the Journal of Neurological and Orthopedic Medical Surgery found those who followed a “no nightshade” diet experienced “positive to significant improvement” in arthritis and general health. The participants of this study reported an average of 70% improvement in their symptoms, and those who followed an extremely ridged avoidance of nightshades experienced a 94% improvement of symptoms. Interestingly enough, those who consumed nightshades either accidently or intentionally noticed a rapid return of their symptoms.
Smokers with arthritis often experience more severity to their symptoms than non-smokers. This is not surprising as tobacco is a member of the nightshade family. If you smoke and have arthritis, this is just one additional and compelling reason to quit now.