I try my best to follow the Anti Inflammatory diet. I did post about it on another thread not in this group. There are many foods I try to buy and keep in my house so I have natural anti inflammatory choices. There are also many foods that can cause inflammation and I try my best to avoid them. It's hard to stick to this diet and I don't always follow it 100%. What can I say, I love food. :-)
A lot of people from other groups I belong to have found relief in avoiding nightshades but, I have never had a flare up(from my skin) after eating nightshades. I do however have GERD and should avoid tomatoes and green peppers but, I have no issues with potatoes.
I once met a girl that could not have anything to eat (at least it seemed that way!) because she had Celiac disease and had issues with nightshades and lactose intolerant. That must have been a very hard way to live. I have read a lot online about diet and Psoriasis.
PsA is something new to me that I have been researching. I have found a lot of great information online but, at the same time not everything is written in lay mans terms. Sometimes it's great to hear other people's stories too. I tried the Glucosamine Sulfate because someone I know has 2 sons that both have arthritis and it was so painful they couldn't walk. They started taking this and now they both can walk without pain. They don't take any other meds.
Nightshades include potatoes, sweet peppers (red, yellow, orange, green) and hot peppers (bell peppers, chilli, paprika, Hungarian pepper, cayenne, Tabasco, pimento/cherry pepper, jalapeno), eggplant (aubergine), tomatoes, tomatillos, tamarios, pepinos, naranjillas, goji berries/wolfberries, mandrake, belladonna/deadly nightshade, tobacco.
Non-nightshade plants that contain solanine include apples, huckleberries, okra, artichokes, blueberries, huckleberries, ground cherries/Cape gooseberry, sugar beets and the edible flowers of petunia, chalice vine, day jasmine, angel and devil's trumpets.
It does NOT include ground white/grey/black pepper nor sweet potatoes.
Solanine is a glycoalkaloid poison found in species of the nightshade family Solanaceae. It can occur naturally in any part of the plant, including the leaves, fruit, and tubers. Solanine has fungicidal and pesticidal properties, and it is one of the plant's natural defences.
Solanine has been indicated in aggravating these conditions: osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, gastro oesophageal reflux, cystitis, lupus, IBS, gout, scleroderma, headaches, migraine.
Interestingly nightshades were introduced only around 400 years ago into the Western diet. Other nightshades such as henbane, thorn apple (datura stramonium), belladonna and mandrake were well known but their use was restricted to specific medical applications (sedative, anaesthetic or poison) or in witchcraft.
WHAT ARE ACETYLCHOLINESTERASE INHIBITORS?
• The chemical that transmits nerve impulses from one nerve ending to the next is acetylcholine - once it has transmitted a nerve impulse it has done its job and is no longer needed so it is broken down by an enzyme called acetylcholinesterase and recycled.
• Solanine (or tomatine from tomatoes) slows the production of this acetylcholinesterase, so acetylcholine isn't broken down as fast as it's being produced.
• Acetylcholine builds up causing a 'traffic jam' of stimulation at the receptor nerve endings.
• The nerve endings become overstimulated
• This overstimulation can lead to muscle weakness, muscle twitching, hypertension, increased intestinal contractions and increased secretions of tear, sweat, saliva, gastric and intestinal glands.
• All nightshade foods contain solanine, a strong acetylcholinesterase inhibitor. "
She also posted this... it's very long... I'm sorry!! But I did read it and there some valuable information:
With global information so readily available, we boomers now have the opportunity to educate ourselves, and others, in natural options for both reversal and prevention of these life-altering and life-threatening disorders. After all, we are just now entering the new mid-life! Foods that Cripple Most individuals have never heard the term "nightshades," much less make the connection to a food group that ignites pain and inflammation. Nightshades are a botanical group known as solanaceae - making up over 92 varieties and 2,000 species. The connection of nightshades and arthritis-type disorders was brought to the forefront largely by the efforts of Dr. Norman F. Childers, former Professor of Horticulture at Rutgers University. Dr. Childers knew first-hand the effects of severe joint pain and stiffness. He discovered that after consuming a meal containing any tomatoes, he experienced severe pain. As his interest in the inflammatory responses to nightshades grew, he observed livestock kneeling in pain from inflamed joints - the livestock had consumed weeds containing a substance called solanine. Solanine is a chemical known as an alkaloid, which can be highly toxic. Flexing our Muscles An enzyme present in the body called Cholinesterase originates in the brain where its responsible for flexibility of muscle movement. Solanine, present in nightshades, is a powerful inhibitor of cholinesterase. In other words, its presence can interfere with muscle function - the cause of stiffness experienced after consuming nightshades. All people are not sensitive to nightshades in the same degree. Research has proved that when an inflammatory condition exists, consuming nightshades is like adding "fuel to the fire". That said, there is no scientific evidence that for those not afflicted with inflammation that nightshades will cause it. Experience Matters Dr. Childers, through his research, proved that 74 - 90% of people who ache and hurt, regardless of their diagnostic "label," have a sensitivity to nightshades. Potatoes, one of the nightshades, especially those stored improperly or aged, have been known to cause toxic symptoms severe enough to require hospitalization - symptoms range from gastrointestinal and general inflammation, nausea, diarrhoea, and dizziness to migraines. It is believed the reason for the toxicity in potatoes is the presence of solanine in and around the green patches and the eyes that have sprouted. Nightshade Quick Reference
Tomatoes, all varieties (including Tomatillos) · Potatoes, all varieties (sweet potatoes and yams are NOT nightshades. Beware of potato starch used in many seasonings and as a thickening agent) · Peppers (red, green, yellow, orange, jalapeno, chilli, cayenne, pimento) · Paprika · Eggplant
Foods that contain solanine although not directly in the nightshade family: Blueberries & Huckleberries Okra Artichokes Other Substances to Avoid: Homeopathic remedies containing Belladonna (known as deadly nightshade) · Prescription and over-the-counter medications containing potato starch as a filler (especially prevalent in sleeping and muscle relaxing meds) · Edible flowers: petunia, chalice vine, day jasmine, angel and devil's trumpets. · Atropine and Scopolamine, used in sleeping pills · Topical medications for pain and inflammation containing capsicum (in cayenne pepper) *Read labels carefully because you could be doing everything else right, and still be sabotaged by one small amount of an ingredient such as paprika as a garnish. Uncommon Solution for Common Ailments For the millions of North Americans experiencing some form of joint, tendon, ligament, bone or soft-tissue discomfort, the goal is not only to find a natural solution for short-term relief, but also to make the dietary changes necessary to eliminate and reverse the condition, specifically for: Tendonitis Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Bursitis Fibromyalgia (ME, Fibro myositis) Arthritis (Osteo and Rheumatoid) Gout Heart Disease Digestive Disorders (leaky gut, irritable bowel, Cohn’s, etc.) Any condition whose symptoms include persistent aches, tenderness, swelling, pain, numbness, tingling, muscle weakness and inflammation. Defeat Pain and Inflammation, Naturally I've consulted with hundreds of clients with gastrointestinal and inflammatory disorders who resist eliminating nightshades, even for an initial trial period of 90 days, the time necessary to experience the benefit. Those that do, however, report the amazing improvement in symptoms of fibromyalgia/me, chronic fatigue, headaches, arthritis, gout, carpal tunnel, irritable bowel and scleroderma, to name a few - why not try it, after all, the only thing you have to lose is your discomfort, isn't that what matters? Dr Gloria Gilbère, ND, DA Hom, PhD."