is your rheumatoid arthritis nightshade sensitive?

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Mine is. Oh boy is it ever! Nightshade veggies are my number one food trigger for my rheumatoid arthritis. If I get even a small amount, say from a seemingly safe dressing or sauce at a restaurant I'll feel it in my joints within just a few hours.

So what's the deal with nightshades?

Nightshade vegetables contain a naturally occurring substance called alkaloids. Alkaloids can mess with your joints and digestion. While most people don't have a problem with nightshades and can eat them without any trouble, for sensitive folks they can reek havoc. Folks with rheumatoid or osteoarthritis (or gout) may experience an improvement in symptoms when they remove nightshade foods from their diet. 

Ok, so which foods are nightshades? Here's a list of the most common nightshades:

  • tomatoes
  • potatoes (but NOT sweet potatoes)
  • sweet & hot peppers (but NOT black pepper)
  • eggplant
  • cayenne
  • paprika
  • goji berries
  • tomatillos
  • pimentos

If you have a health issue that you believe may respond well to eliminating nightshades from your diet you may want try an elimination/challenge rotation to see how your body responds. 

Check out my ebook for a step-by-step method to identify and eliminate your food sensitivities.

Posted on April 3, 2014 .