David and others who were looking for and found an asthma cure discovered cutting out vegetables from the nightshade family helped reduce their asthma symptoms.
The nightshade family consists of over 90 genera and 2000 species; many of which are poisonous, one of which is tobacco. Although I originally thought they were called ‘nightshade’ because of something related to their growing process, the story goes that Romans created a special drink for their enemies with the components of a poisonous ‘nightshade’ vegetable in it. When the enemy drank it, ‘the shade come down for a long night’ (i.e. they kicked the bucket).
It is believed that these nightshade vegetables can cause and exacerbate asthmatic symptoms and therefore best for anyone in search for an asthma cure to avoid.
The 4 specific nightshade vegetables some asthmatics who found an asthma cure avoid are:
- All peppers (except for black pepper). Remember this includes hot sauce (depressing, I know).
Should everyone looking for an asthma cure avoid the nightshade vegetables?
As what triggers asthma symptoms is different for everyone it is impossible to know until you try. After all of the different things David tried in his journey to finding a cure for asthma, we both believe that changing his diet was the most critical component to not only a quick but a drastic reduction in his asthma symptoms. Also note, anytime he / we
got a little over confident and he fell off the ‘asthma diet’ wagon — it would be a few days and his asthma symptoms would return in full force. It would then be another few days to a week of being strict about his diet for his asthma symptoms to disappear again.
How do you find out if getting rid of nightshade vegetables would help you in finding an asthma cure?
The best thing to do is test it. Try giving up potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants and peppers for one month (longer if possible) and see how it impacts your asthma symptoms. For David, who had severe asthma symptoms, it took about two weeks, in conjunction with acupuncture, dietary supplements and other dietary changes to notice a significant difference.
Also, GOOD NEWS ALERT, even David’s acupuncturist believes in, ‘Everything in moderation, including moderation.’ As such, he recommends that David stick to his diet 80% of the time. However, we found that when he aimed for 80% it would quickly turn into 60% to 70%, so he now aims for around 90% adherence to his diet and his asthma symptoms have vanished.