Abstract: Removal of Solanaceae family 'nightshade vegetables' such as the tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum), potato (Solanum tuberosum), pepper (Capsicum sp.) and egg plant (Solanum melongena) from the diet of people with arthritis has mainly anecdotal support as an effective measure in reducing inflammation. Other members of the Solanaceae have been used as effective anti-inflammatory agents both internally and externally. The reasons for this apparent anomaly, the chemical constituents and possible mechanism of action of some members of the Solanaceae with relevance to arthritis and other degenerative disease states are discussed. (author abstract)
To cite this article: Robertson, P and Roberts, P. The Solanaceae and their paradoxical effects on arthritis and other degenerative disease states [online]. Australian Journal of Medical Herbalism, Vol. 15, No. 4, 2003: 114-20.
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