Yep, nightshades are to blame! Nightshades have been thought to be poisonous since ancient times. We evolved to eating them more and more over time, which gave us a tolerance for them. However, if you stop eating them altogether - get them entirely out of your system - and ingest them again - ooooweeee you will feel the pain. Try it - let me explain why....
What are Nightshades
Potatoes, tomatoes, peppers Hot and Sweet Bell, eggplant, belladonna, pimento, cayenne pepper, tomatillos, goji berries and all foods that contain any of these.
WHY ARE THEY DANGEROUS...
Because they contain very high levels of certain alkaloids
ALKALOIDS Are a natural insect repellent that plants give off to keep from being eaten by animals and insects. Remember - animal = Human
Some of these alkaloids are used in medicines and can be very harmful to people who are sensitive to them.
Nightshades contain 4 groups of alkaloids and each of them may be harmful.
1. The most important is Steroid Alkaloides - SOLANINE -
2. Tropane Alkaloids
3. Indole alkaloids
4. Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids
Now lets see what science has to say about them............
1. It affects our nervous system by stopping and important enzyme "Cholintesterase" It causes widespread pain, spasms, twitching, trembling, brain fog, headaches, rashes, sleepless ness, inflammation of the joints, and systemic inflammation all over your body which leads to an immune disorder and/ or chronic pain.
2. Here are some scientific definitions -----
- Solanine is a glycoalkaloid poison
found in species of the nightshade family, such as the potato and the
tomato. It can occur naturally in any part of the plant, including the
leaves, fruit, and tubers. Wikipedia
Medical Definition of SOLANINE
: a bitter poisonous crystalline alkaloid C45H72NO15 from several plants (as some potatoes or tomatoes) of the family Solanaceae
The Government Medline site explains solanine poisoning as a severe condition. Resulting from injesting too much solanine.
Solanine (very toxic even in small amounts)
The poison is found throughout the plant, but especially in green potatoes and new sprouts. Never eat potatoes that are spoiled or green below the skin. Always throw away the sprouts.
- Dilated pupils
- Loss of sensation
- Lower than normal body temperature (hypothermia)
- Slow pulse
- Slowed breathing
- Stomach or abdominal pain
- Vision changes
Tropane Alkaloids are Nicotine - we already know the effects of nicotine on the body - but did you know that the nightshades all contain nicotine also. So your trusty tater has nicotine - so if you are trying to to quit smoking and still ingesting these - you are going to have a really hard time quitting.
Belladonna is one of the most toxic plants found in the Eastern Hemisphere. All parts of the plant contain tropane alkaloids. The berries pose the greatest danger to children because they look attractive and have a somewhat sweet taste. The consumption of two to five berries by a human adult is probably lethal. The root of the plant is generally the most toxic part, though this can vary from one specimen to another. Ingestion of a single leaf of the plant can be fatal to an adult.[11
tropane alkaloids (trōˑ·pān alˑ·k ·loidz),
n.pl powerful substances found in several plants, including deadly nightshade, jimson weed, henbane, and European mandrake, that inhibit or block the action of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter. Adverse effects include dry mouth, blurred vision, delirium, and drowsiness.
Jonas: Mosby's Dictionary of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. (c) 2005, Elsevier.
Symptoms of Plant poisoning -- Indole alkaloids
The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Plant poisoning -- Indole alkaloids includes the 13 symptoms listed below:
- Dilated pupils
- Excessive sweating
- Muscle weakness or rigidity
- Breathing difficulty
- Slowed heart rate
- Respiratory arrest
- more information...»
OK that should be enough poison to understand how nightshades may be hurting you. I tried it. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Osteopenia and Breast cancer survivor. I eliminated the nightshades from my diet for 2 months and then went out to eat and had a nice helping of hashbrowns with onions - result - two days later I felt like I was hit by a truck. I could hardly move I got a flair that kept me in tears for two days. A month later I ate a bowl of chili and the very next day I felt like I had the flu. I was weak, muscle spasms all over my body and I groaned constantly. I have not eaten a nightshade since then and have gone off of Prednisone and pain killers. Simple Tylenol now works for me and it is amazing. My inflammation markers are now on the charts and amazing of all is that my sed rate is much lower - almost normal.
So leaving the Deadly NIghtshades out of your diet may improve your health dramatically as it did mine. It is worth a try....