Overcoming Histamine Intolerance

Most of us hear histamine and immediately think of seasonal allergies with the antihistamine medications that help alleviate the redness, itching, sneezing, and associated symptoms. What if I were to tell you that same type of reaction you see outside of your body may be happening on the inside as well, and that certain foods may be the underlying cause of physical symptoms you’ve been unable to explain or resolve despite your best efforts? Histamine intolerance may be to blame.

Histamine intolerance results from an imbalance of accumulated histamine (a type of nitrogen-based molecule found in various quantities in many foods) and the inability of the body to degrade that excess histamine. Ideally, our bodies respond to histamine produced through the metabolism of certain foods by breaking it down via the enzyme diamine oxidase (DAO). In some individuals, lack of DAO activity results in numerous symptoms that may seem vague and disjointed, but in actuality, are a product of elevated levels of histamine. The accumulated histamine toxicity mimics an allergic reaction  with a wide range of physical responses.

According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, “The ingestion of histamine-rich food or of alcohol or drugs that release histamine or block DAO may provoke diarrhea, headache, rhinoconjunctival symptoms, asthma, hypotension, arrhythmia, urticaria (hives), pruritus (itching), flushing, and other conditions in patients with histamine intolerance.” If any of these symptoms sound familiar, then you may be experiencing histamine intolerance.

Beating Histamine

In order to prevent the laundry list of symptoms mentioned above, there are two essential steps to overcoming histamine intolerance:

  1. Low histamine diet. Avoiding or drastically reducing your consumption of foods high in histamine is the first step to prevent symptoms. Foods high in histamine include beer, wine, fermented foods (sauerkraut, kimchi), cured meats, aged cheeses, yogurts, vinegar, spinach, tomato, and smoked fish.
  2. Supplemental DAO. Some individuals have a predisposition to low production and activity of the enzyme diamine oxidase that breaks down any histamine consumed from foods. HistDAO from Xymogen is a potent, professional-grade brand nutraceutical that contains 20,000 Histamine Digesting Units paired with vitamin C for additional anti-inflammatory effect.

If you suspect histamine intolerance, perform a 30-day low-histamine/histamine elimination diet and track your physical responses using a journal or app. For additional guidance, call our pharmacy and ask to speak with Integrative Nutrition Practitioner Jason Bosley-Smith.

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May 01, 2015 | Category: Diet | Comments: none | Tags: , , , , , , ,


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