ProHealth health Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Home  |  Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help
Facebook Google Plus
Fibromyalgia  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & M.E.  Lyme Disease  Natural Wellness  Supplement News  Forums  Our Story
Store     Brands   |   A-Z Index   |   Best Sellers   |   New Products   |   Deals & Specials   |   Under $10   |   SmartSavings Club

Trending News

Basic Aromatherapy to Help Balance and Calm

Tea drinkers have lower glaucoma risk

Soy, cruciferous vegetables could help lower breast cancer treatment side effects

The Long-Term Benefits of Drinking Oolong Tea

Why You Should Try This Sweet-Smelling and Health-Boosting Essential Oil

Wonderful White Tea: A Drink Fit for an Emperor

Arnica: This Powerful Herb Promotes Various Kinds of Healing

Chamomile Tea: Why This Ancient Therapeutic Drink Still Stands Out Today

Get ‘Hooked’ on Cat’s Claw: The Many Benefits of This Amazonian Herb

Try Apple Cider Vinegar and Black Cumin Oil as Your Go-To Salad Dressing

Print Page
Email Article

Popular Foods Source of Arthritis Pain and Inflammation

  [ 582 votes ]   [ 2 Comments ]
By Deborah Cooper • • August 9, 2000

Foods such as potatoes, tomatoes and eggplant sometimes referred to as “nightshade foods” could be the cause of stiff joints, pain and inflammation.

As early as the 1940’s, Norman F. Childers, Ph.D. discovered the link between foods that share a botanical family and his own arthritic symptoms. “We have been working at this since about the late 1940s when I got onto the relationship with my own problem at Rutgers University in New Jersey. I was pushed by many people to ‘do something’ about the find and help other sufferers,” commented Childers.

The doctor was suffering from a severe form of arthritis when he decided to study his own diet. He knew from his work that tomatoes had long been thought to be poisonous, which led him to take a closer look at the nightshade family. Eventually he discovered that by completely removing nightshades from his diet, his symptoms greatly improved.

Over the last 20 years, researchers have debated whether or not there really is any connection between foods in the nightshade, or solanaceae family, and arthritis. Data has been growing to support the anecdotal evidence of many sufferers, including the publication in 1993 of a scientific study called An apparent relation of nightshades to arthritis.

While some doctors remain skeptical about the link between arthritis and certain foods, others swear that totally eliminating vegetables in the nightshade family from their diet has significantly reduced the severity of their symptoms and decreased the frequency of flare-ups. Childers, the principal researcher of nightshades, is a strong advocate of completely eliminating these foods from an arthritic patient’s diet.

What Foods are in the Nightshade family?

Curiously, many of the foods in the solanaceae, or nightshade family, were viewed with great suspicion when first introduced into the country in the fifteenth century, as the leaves and fruits of the European members of the family were mostly extremely poisonous. Today we enjoy several well-known vegetables in the nightshade family. These are:

* Tomatoes
* Potatoes
* Eggplant
* Peppers
* Chili
* Red and Green Peppers
* Paprika

Many food products, especially processed foods, contain derivatives of nightshade foods such as potato starch and tomato paste.

Why do these foods affect arthritis symptoms?

According to a study conducted in 1993 by Childers, eating nightshade foods results in “a buildup of cholinesterase inhibiting glycoalkaloids and steroids…and may cause inflammation, muscle spasms, pain, and stiffness.’ The less cholinesterase the body produces as it ages, the less agile the body will be. Therefore, anything that additionally inhibits cholinersterase will add to joint deterioration and stiffness. Cholinesterase inhibitors such as nightshade foods affect mostly rheumatoid-type arthritis.

Additionally, the study also reported a link between osteoarthritis and vitamin D3, which is produced by the nightshade foods. The researchers concluded that “osteoarthritis appears to be a result of long-term consumption of the Solanaceae, which naturally contain the active metabolite vitamin D3, and in excess causes crippling and early disability (as seen in livestock.)”

Other research suggests that these nightshade foods all contain a substance called solanine, a bitter poisonous alkaloid that inhibits nerve impulses.

What improvements can I expect with a nightshade-free diet?

Several surveys and studies report on good improvements in arthritis symptoms for people who stopped eating nightshade foods.

The 1993 study, published in the Journal of Neurological and Orthopedic Medical Surgery, reported that “rigid omission of Solanaceae, with other minor diet adjustments, has resulted in positive to marked improvement in arthritis and general health.”
In general Childers reports that “We have got around 70% positive results in reducing arthritic problems if the cooperator can stay rigidly with the (elimination) diet from here on in. People truly rigid may get 94% freedom from arthritis in surveys we have made. This included many forms of arthritis, all of which seem to be affected by the nightshades.”

According to Norman D. Ford, author of 18 Natural Ways to Stop Arthritis Now, “some 30 percent of people with genuine rheumatoid arthritis experience some degree of improvement after they eliminate nightshade foods from their diets.”

Researchers are quick to point out that when these people accidentally ate one of the foods or tried to go back to their former diet, their symptoms would return. The worse the initial problem, the longer it will take to see any signs of improvement. It could take several weeks or months to notice any benefits to dietary changes.

Where can I get more information?

Childers founded an organization dedicated to researching the connection between nightshade foods and arthritis. It is called The Arthritis Nightshades Research Foundation. They can be reached at 1-888-501-8822, or 3906 NW 31st Place, Gainesville, FL 32606, USA.

Several books are available specifically aimed at arthritis and diet, such as Arthritis-Free Cooking, which contains recipes without any nightshade ingredients, and most general books on the disease have a section about nutrition and diet.

Doctors speculate that some people may have general food allergies that cause their arthritis and they are often unwilling to pinpoint allergic flare-ups to this one particular group of foods. For those who suspect that food may be worsening their symptoms, there are food allergy tests available. Certain laboratories specialize in these tests. Ask your healthcare provider for information and a referral. The lab mentioned in the book Arthritis: The Doctor’s Cure is Immuno Labs, Inc., 1620 West Oakland Park Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311. 1-800-231-9197.

Post a Comment

Featured Products From the ProHealth Store
Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor® Ultra ATP+, Double Strength

Article Comments Post a Comment

Nightshades, vitamin D3, and osteoarthritis pain
Posted by: CA841
May 9, 2013
I've been on a nightshade-free diet for 10+ years after discovering it was the main culprit in my severe osteoarthritis pain. Because I'm allergic to NSAIDs, and after reading everything I could find about my type of pain, I decided to try the elimination diet. Imagine my surprise when I awoke completely pain free after just five full days on the diet.

Recently, I had a bad flare-up lasting several weeks, although I hadn't strayed from my diet but had started taking a vitamin D3 supplement. I was thinking there must be something else that I'm sensitive to. I started searching for more info on nightshades when I found Dr. Norman Childers' research and the vitamin D3 connection. Lightbulb!! I stopped the D3, and the pain is gone again. This was two weeks ago. Now I'm trying to find out if other foods besides nightshades are high in D3. Vitamin D2 that is in my soy milk does not appear to be a problem. I've been drinking organic whole bean soy milk for many years.

Hope this information can benefit others who've been struggling with pain.
Reply Reply

Nightshade & rheumatoid arthritis
Posted by: Mchaviano
Feb 13, 2015
I read about the connection to nightshade more than 25 years ago. I was in limping, & in constant pain. After about a month of no nightshade, the pain in my knees went away. I stuck to it for the most part but every once in a while, I ate something by accident,not reading ingredients or unknowingly ate something with peppers, and immediately have a flair up. When I strictly stayed off these foods, I had no pain. I recently went on a French fry binge, eating them at least once a week & the joint in my thumb has swollen hugely, I have a knot on the edge of my thumb and the pain is incredible, radiating up all the way to my shoulder. I am off potatoes for good!,. Everyone in pain, try it for three months, read all labels& don't eat anything with these ingredients. You will see a big improvement.
Reply Reply
Optimized Curcumin Longvida with Omega-3

Featured Products

Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor® Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor®
Reduce Fatigue up to 45%
Vitamin D3 Extreme™ Vitamin D3 Extreme™
50,000 IU Vitamin D3 - Prescription Strength
Ultra EPA  - Fish Oil Ultra EPA - Fish Oil
Ultra concentrated source of essential fish oils
Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Energy NADH™ 12.5mg
Improve Energy & Cognitive Function
FibroSleep™ FibroSleep™
The All-in-One Natural Sleep Aid

Natural Remedies

Physically and Mentally Exhausted? How to Restore Energy at Its Source Physically and Mentally Exhausted? How to Restore Energy at Its Source
SAD? Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder SAD? Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder
Coconut Oil - Healthy Gifts from the 'Tree of Life' Coconut Oil - Healthy Gifts from the 'Tree of Life'
D-ficient? Health Risks You Need to Know About D-ficient? Health Risks You Need to Know About
Quercetin: Natural Support for Allergy & Inflammation Relief and More Quercetin: Natural Support for Allergy & Inflammation Relief and More

ProHealth, Inc.
555 Maple Ave
Carpinteria, CA 93013
(800) 366-6056  |  Email

· Become a Wholesaler
· Vendor Inquiries
· Affiliate Program
Credit Card Processing
Get the latest news about Fibromyalgia, M.E/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme Disease and Natural Wellness

CONNECT WITH US ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus

© 2018 ProHealth, Inc. All rights reserved. Pain Tracker App  |  Store  |  Customer Service  |  Guarantee  |  Privacy  |  Contact Us  |  Library  |  RSS  |  Site Map