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NaturalNews) We know vegetables are part of a healthy diet, but what about nightshade vegetables? Health research on these vegetables has focused on a group of substances called alkaloids which can impact nerve-muscle and digestive function in animals and humans. They may also compromise joint function. The alkaloids in nightshades are not only the basis for consideration of them as drugs, but also for understanding adverse reactions when they are eaten as food.
Nightshade is the common name used to describe over 2,800 species of plants. Lest the term "nightshade vegetable". The reason for the name is they are grown in the shade of night.
Nightshade vegetables are in the Solanaceae family of plants. Among them are tomato, potato, eggplant, and peppers of all kinds, except black pepper. Tomatillos, tamarios, pepinos, pimentos, paprika, cayenne, and Tabasco sauce are also classified as nightshade foods.
Plants produce alkaloids primarily designed to help protect them from insects. But in a pharmacological sense the interest has been the drug-like alkaloids best known in mandrake, tobacco and belladonna (deadly nightshade.) Close examination reveals these alkaloids are chemical substances with strong physiological effects.
The active alkaloid in nightshades, solanine, is more familiar to us as nicotine.
The leaves of all food nightshades contain some level of nicotine, the addictive chemical found in tobacco. Called solanine in potatoes, tomatine in tomatoes, alpha-solanine in eggplants or solanadine in chillies and capsicums, nicotine by any other name is still a drug-like alkaloid that may compromise function in the bodies of sensitive individuals.
Alkaloids appear to affect the metabolism of calcium. Though not yet understood how, nightshade foods may remove calcium from bones and deposit it in soft tissue, setting the stage for arthritis. For this reason, researchers have recommended that all individuals with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or other joint problems like gout eliminate nightshade foods from their diet.
While it is up to the individual whether or not to eliminate nightshade vegetables from your diet, if you have concerns, modifying certain foods in your diet can be a good idea. It just might help identify problem foods of all types, including nightshade vegetables.