Nightshades and Neuropathy: Navigating Dietary Choices for Better Health
By Jennifer Brown, Medical Researcher.
Living with neuropathy can be challenging, and what you eat might impact your symptoms. A group of plants known as nightshades, which includes tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, and peppers, has been in the spotlight for their potential to aggravate neuropathy. Let’s explore this connection and discover how we can adjust our diet for better health.
What are Nightshades?
The Neuropathy Connection
Conducting Your Own Experiment
Replacing Nightshades in Your Diet
- Replace tomatoes with beets or carrots in salads and sauces.
- Swap white potatoes with sweet potatoes or cauliflower for a similar texture but different nutritional profile.
- Use mushrooms or zucchini in place of eggplants in recipes.
Foods That May Help With Neuropathy
- Leafy greens like spinach and kale are rich in vitamins and antioxidants.
- Omega-3-rich foods like salmon and walnuts can help reduce inflammation.
- Whole grains provide essential B vitamins that support nerve function.