Solanine Toxicity Syndrome

What is a “solanine”?


Alpha-solanine is a chemical found in plants of the Nightshade species. Just a few hundred years ago, this group of plants were not considered edible, and were mostly only used in witchcraft. Solanines are not water soluble, aren’t broken down by cooking, and are considered a neuro-toxin. Therefore, they must be excreted by the body and people vary in their ability to do this. Difficulty excreting them leads to deposition in organ tissues, especially the thyroid and skeletal muscle. Buildup in these tissues can lead to chronic joint pain, arthritis, osteoporosis, arteriosclerosis, leaky gut, IBS, appendicitis, depression, migraines and disruption of thyroid hormones.


Which foods contain “solanines”?


  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Tomatillos
  • Goji berries
  • Peppers (all)
  • Ashwagandha
  • Pimientos
  • Most spice blends
  • Curry powder
  • Paprika
  • Tobacco


What do I have to do?


100% avoidance is advised for optimal results of relieving your symptoms. Your health care practitioner may re-test you, at a later time, to ensure that your solanine toxicity level is improving. In the future, you may be able to reintroduce foods. Supplements determined by your health care practitioner may enhance solanine clearing.