For some people with arthritis, the alkaloids in the plant family known as Solanaceae, (commonly called the nightshade family) seem to worsen arthritis symptoms and the body’s normal repair of joint collagen. Even worse, the nightshades can accelerate cartilage degeneration and inflammation. By some estimates, up to 20% of people with arthritis feel their symptoms worsen after eating only one of the foods in the nightshade family. Here’s a list of nightshade foods you may want to avoid:
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1. Dr. Childers’ Arthritis Elimination Diet Perhaps the strongest supporter of the link between the nightshades and arthritis is Norman E. Childers, Ph.D, a professor at the University of Florida and horticulturist. His book Arthritis: Childers’ Diet to Stop It! describes how he reversed his own arthritis by eliminating nightshades from his diet. After a 20-year survey of 5000 people with arthritis, he reported that of those who rigidly adhered to his No Nightshades Diet , 94% experienced relief from pain, joint tenderness, and muscle spasms with appreciable gains in motion and endurance. (http://noarthritis.com/research.htm)
2. Do nightshades really hurt your joints? It’s easy to find out. Try cutting out all nightshade family foods, as well as food products made from them–including pasta sauce, hot sauce, ketchup, and dried red pepper flakes. Give it 30 to 60 days to judge the effects. You might want to start in the winter when tomatoes are out of season. Keep a diary of your results so you can chart your reduction of symptoms.
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