What Are Histamines?
Histamines are chemicals produced during any allergic
response. When an allergen triggers the immune system, white blood cells
called mast cells release histamines. This is as part of the inflammatory immune
reaction. Besides produced during the immune response,
histamines can also be absorbed from histamine-containing foods, and produced by bacteria in
the gut. Our gut flora is of critical importance for histamine production and
To improve gut health and
histamine intolerance we need to heal gut dysbiosis. One way to do this is
excess histamine and the deregulated gut flora.
The next step is to then
gut lining (called DAO, Diamine Oxidase).
If you heal the gut, you will dramatically increase your body’s ability to handle
histamines in food.
supplement help to heal the gut.
study, shows a supplement with two strains of bifidobacterium actually
suppressed histamine release.
In another study,
Lactobacillus rhamnosus helped suppress histamine receptors.
fiber to the flora that are already in your intestines. Remember though that
in people who have too few gut bacteria, they’re excellent, but in people who have too
many, they’re just more fuel on the fire
Nigella sativa (black
cumin) is one spice that has shown to be natural anti-histamine for treating
Quercetin is another common supplement – it can reduce the
release of histamines from mast cells.
Some people find that DAO supplements, a special enzymes that
help your body break down histamines, brings them miraculous relief.
Another point to consider is nutrition. Vitamin B6, copper,
and Vitamin C are DAO cofactors, so make sure you’re getting enough.
low-histamine sources of these nutrients include: