What is Nightshade-free diet?

Category: Nutrition/Diets


A nightshade-free diet is thought to help relieve arthritis pain and inflammation. The nightshade family includes the Datura or Jimson weed, mandrake, deadly nightshade or belladonna, capsicum (paprika, chili pepper), potato, tobacco, tomato, eggplant and petunia.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 8 4
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) 3 1
Bowel irritability 1 1
Fibromyalgia 1 0
Inflammation 1 0
Inflammation in joints 1 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 6

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Nightshade-free diet

Side effect Patients


Based on patients currently using Nightshade-free diet

Dosage Patients
daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Nightshade-free diet

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Reason Patients
Other 1
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Currently using Nightshade-free diet

Duration Patients
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped using Nightshade-free diet

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 1
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2
Usually 3
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 0
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 1
Not specified 5
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1 patient evaluation for Nightshade-free diet

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Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 42
Condition: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 6 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: n
I have:
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

See Gigglygirl's full Nightshade-free diet history

May 8, 2012 (Started Sep 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Joint pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Pleurisy)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Pain)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Take the time to understand how what night shades are. Also my diet was a tad more intensive I found it in a newsletter on the UKLUPUS site http://www.thelupussite.com/bn11.html I started by eliminating or moderating one thing on the list then allowing it back into my diet to see how it effected me. My biggest surprise was mushrooms, ouch! Nightshades build up after a few but it is easy to have 3 in one meal. Now it's a game of find that item on the menu and educate your waiter. It's fun, much more enjoyable then waking up as the TINMAN.

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