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Foods that cause inflammation: Fibromyalgia sufferers take note

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Are you eating food that may be increasing the inflammation in your body? If you have fibromyalgia and chronic pain, then you want to analyze your diet.


Inflammatory foods may worsen your chronic pain and fibromyalgia symptoms. Whether your diet is filled with dairy or nightshade vegetables, the food you consume on a daily basis can affect your health in a negative way. If you are concerned about the impact of your diet, then you may want to eliminate or reduce the following food products.

1. Sugar

Do you frequently add sugar to your coffee or tea? Is your kitchen filled with pastries, cookies and other sugary foods? A study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that eating refined sugars increased the risk of dying from inflammatory diseases. Other studies have confirmed that sugar is responsible for releasing cytokines, which are small proteins that play a role in cell signaling and inflammation in the body.

Nutritionists recommend that you avoid products with extra sugar on their labels. However, you also want to watch out for the different names that are used to identify sugar such as fructose, sucrose, dextrose, maltose and others. There are more than 60 names, so you want to avoid ingredients that end in ose.

2. Nightshade vegetables

Nightshade vegetables also fall into the category of foods that cause inflammation, and many fibromyalgia patients complain that these popular veggies trigger their pain. The nightshade family includes potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, goji berries and paprika.

Research from the Journal of Neurological and Orthopedic Medical Surgery reveals that patients who have arthritis can notice an inflammatory response to nightshade vegetables. In addition, other studies have shown that chronic pain and fibromyalgia may be affected by these plants. The reason for this reaction seems to be tied to the glycoalkaloids found in this plant family.

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Nutritionists suggest that patients suffering from chronic pain, fibromyalgia and other health issues try an elimination diet and remove nightshade vegetables. It is important to check all labels and keep in mind that potato starch is a frequent ingredient in many processed and packaged foods. Once the inflammatory foods have been eliminated, you want to monitor your symptoms and pay attention to signs of improvement.

3. Casein

Casein is a protein that is commonly found in milk, but it also appears to play a role in inflammation. Casein appears in cow, sheep, goat, camel, yak and other mammals’ milk. A study from the journal Nutrients reveals that casein has an impact on inflammatory and immune responses. It can increase intestinal inflammation, the protein fragments from casein can enter the bloodstream, and you may experience a variety of symptoms such as pain, stiffness and headaches.

You can avoid casein by eliminating dairy products, but it is also used in protein shakes. In some cases, it can be found in tuna, cereal bars, baked goods and other products. This is why it is crucial to read ingredient lists and check them before buying.

Inflammatory foods to avoid

If you are concerned about foods that cause inflammation, then you may want to avoid sugar, nightshade vegetables and casein. There are other products that may also play a role in the body’s inflammatory response, but reducing or eliminating these three items will help you start the journey.

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