It is important to eat your vegetables! They are good for you! This is something that I, like most people, have heard from the time they were old enough to put a spoon in their mouth.
None of the information contained in this article should be considered as medical advice. It is just information that you can consider if you have Rhumetoid Arthritis, or RA, as it is referred to.
I had a client that had the beginnings of arthritis. She was terrified that she would end up with RA as her mother had it, and so did her aunt on her father’s side.
The first thing I suggested was that she stay away from eating any of the Nightshade Vegetables. Nightshades are a family of vegetables that includes tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, red and green peppers, and paprika. It also includes, hot and sweet peppers like cayenne, pimento, and chili peppers. For me this would be challenging, as I love eggplant, red peppers and potatoes—all kinds of potatoes.
Sweet potatoes, which are high in Vitamin A, yams, and black and white pepper are not included in this list.
The theory that nightshades might worsen RA is not new. It was developed by an American Horticulturist, named Norman F. Childres in the 1940s. He found that eliminating the nightshades helped his own arthritis. The theory was that the nightshade foods resulted in a buildup of cholinestease, inhibiting glycoalkaloids and steroids causing inflammation, pain, and stiffness. The foods contain solanine, a calcium inhibitor and continuing to consume these particular nightshade plants will add to the joint swelling and pain.
So in this case, eating your vegetables is not necessarily good for you. It’s an odd position to be in. Nutritionists and the government tell us to eat vegetables every day, but certain vegetables could possibly be the cause, or at the very least the irritant of additional inflammation and swelling in arthritis and RA patients. It’s like a dog chasing its tail. Round and round we go.
If you prefer to go a more natural route in treatment, consult a Naturopathic or Osteopathic Doctor in your area for additional information and help in treating RA in a more natural way, as the drugs for this have terrible side effects.