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n=1 Experimenting with getting rid of the inflammatory effect of nightshades with fish oil

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 16, 2011 at 4:54 AM

I have found that in order for me to stick with paleo at this time.. I need to include salsa and some raw cheese, full fat sour cream and cream. I do plan on eventually removing these foods but for now I need to be honest with myself. The change was too extreme to stick to without adding these small things.

Anyway, I had a wrist injury a few weeks back. Not sure what the deal is but it flares up every once and awhile. I have noticed that after eating tomatoes I can feel it get irritated. Not painful just "irritated". I have started to take fish oil along with any meal that includes tomato or other nightshades (spicy peppers- I hate sweet). It seems to completely take away this effect.

My question is- do you think the two are related or is it just the placebo effect. Also if it takes away the inflammation to the point where i cannot feel it does that mean all the negative effects of eating tomatoes have been neutralized? Or should I really consider cutting them period. I know I have some Native American ancestry which included tomatoes in their diet. It is only the injured wrist that flares- no healthy body parts feel funny after eating them.

I am not trying to justify eating them- if they are bad I will cut them out when able. But I am curious about the fish oil potentially canceling out the negative effects.

Thank you

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on September 16, 2011
at 03:14 PM

Why do you presume that nightshades cause inflammation? There is some studies trying to link them with arthritis but they don't seem very reliable to me.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on September 16, 2011
at 07:51 AM

Dr. Oz (gasp! can't believe I'm using his show as a reference) did a piece about sunburn and the antioxidants in tomatoes. The demonstration was done with twins, one ate tomatoes, one didn't. The one who ate the tomatoes didn't sunburn.

C836b2644e7319bb957fbb794a97708e

on September 16, 2011
at 05:43 AM

Well that and the dairy listed above;) But it is good to hear at least tomatoes are worth it!

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

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on September 16, 2011
at 05:25 AM

Yes! They're a good source of quite a few nutrients, and they are so delicious. Try not to worry so much about each individual food you eat, unless something is really making you sick. I mean, if one of the worst things you can say about your diet is that it includes tomatoes, I would say you're doing pretty well :)

C836b2644e7319bb957fbb794a97708e

on September 16, 2011
at 05:22 AM

Would you consider tomatoes a beneficial part of the diet? I really do love them. I always buy heirloom organic types hopefully they are less carby than the conventional ones.

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7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

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on September 16, 2011
at 05:15 AM

I'm inclined to say placebo effect. I think that it's entirely within the realm of possibility that your wrist is still healing (since you mentioned that the injury is only a few weeks old) which accounts for the "irritation". Sometimes injuries just twinge for a long time. Especially if you don't have other symptoms like aching/swollen joints which might suggest a nightshade sensitivity. Nightshades aren't inflammatory or harmful for most people, and it doesn't sound like you're reacting to them to me. So don't worry about negative effects feel like you're going to have to work on getting nightshades out of your diet later because of this one thing. There's nothing "bad" about eating tomatoes (or peppers or whatever) for most people.

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on September 16, 2011
at 05:25 AM

Yes! They're a good source of quite a few nutrients, and they are so delicious. Try not to worry so much about each individual food you eat, unless something is really making you sick. I mean, if one of the worst things you can say about your diet is that it includes tomatoes, I would say you're doing pretty well :)

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on September 16, 2011
at 07:51 AM

Dr. Oz (gasp! can't believe I'm using his show as a reference) did a piece about sunburn and the antioxidants in tomatoes. The demonstration was done with twins, one ate tomatoes, one didn't. The one who ate the tomatoes didn't sunburn.

C836b2644e7319bb957fbb794a97708e

on September 16, 2011
at 05:22 AM

Would you consider tomatoes a beneficial part of the diet? I really do love them. I always buy heirloom organic types hopefully they are less carby than the conventional ones.

C836b2644e7319bb957fbb794a97708e

on September 16, 2011
at 05:43 AM

Well that and the dairy listed above;) But it is good to hear at least tomatoes are worth it!

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on September 16, 2011
at 02:41 PM

If you have higher HDL and don't believe you have a leaky gut then nightshades may be fine. Do a search for past discussion here on leaky gut and HDL.

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