Nightshades are an enormous family of plants (Solanaceae) that includes tomatoes, potatoes (not sweet potatoes or yams), eggplant, peppers (not peppercorns), goji berries, ashwagandha, Cape gooseberries, ground cherries, and garden huckleberries (not blueberries).
If you suffer from inflammation, joint pain and cracking, if you’re sensitive to weather changes, if you experience muscle pain and tightness, morning stiffness, gall bladder issues, heartburn – avoiding nightshades may offer pain relief. If you get pain relief from pain treatments for only a day or two, consider that you may have nightshade sensitivity.
Some people are just more sensitive to nightshades, but insufficient magnesium, Vitamin D, or Vitamin K2 may exacerbate the sensitivity. Excessive use of nightshades contributes to calcinosis, the deposit of calcium in soft tissue (tendons, ligaments, cartilage, cardiovascular tissues, kidneys and skin). Osteoarthritis is an example, as the deposition of calcium in the soft tissues of joints.