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What is solanine?

Solanine: The Natural Pesticide

Solanine is a natural compound in nightshade vegetables, primarily concentrated in the leaves and stems. It is a built-in pesticide that protects plants from insects and other threats.

While solanine is present in edible parts of nightshades, it's usually in tiny amounts. However, it can be found in sprouting or green potatoes in higher concentrations.

The Impact of Solanine on Arthritis

Some people with arthritis report that consuming nightshade vegetables worsens their symptoms, leading to increased joint pain and inflammation. This has raised questions about the potential role of solanine in aggravating arthritis.

While research is limited, it's believed that solanine may trigger inflammation in some individuals, particularly those with existing sensitivities or allergies to the compound.

Identifying Sensitivities

If you suspect nightshades may affect your arthritis symptoms, keep a food diary. Record what you eat and any changes in joint pain or inflammation.

You can also try eliminating nightshades from your diet for a few weeks, then reintroducing them one at a time to see if you notice any differences.

Keep in mind that allergic reactions or sensitivities to solanine are rare, but they may worsen arthritis symptoms in some people.

Last updated: Apr 29, 2024 15:19 PM