In a recent podcast on cardio-vascular disease, Chris Kresser discussed natural aspirin alternatives (that are anti-histamines and mast-cell stabilisers). (1)
Chris concluded that research showed that natural aspirin alternatives were as effective as aspirin with none of the side-effects.
He identified both Pycnogenol® (pronounced Pik-nah-jeh-nol) and Policosanol to have been found to be as effective as aspirin for cardio-vascular health. (2) (3)
In this post I provide additional information on these natural aspirin alternatives (that are anti-histamines and mast-cell stabilisers).
When I was first diagnosed with histamine intolerance I just wanted to know what I needed to do so I could just do it. I wanted a list.
But it was not that simple.
There were a number of histamine intolerance lists from a number of credible sources. The problem was that no one list was the same and they contain conflicting information.
If you are new to histamine intolerance, then here are some of the lists that are commonly used, and my own experience with them:
I have had histamine intolerance (and specifically DAO deficiency) all my life. Until my 40s it was just inconvenient. Then it became chronic.
My auto-immune system became “hysterical.” I started having reactions to more and more foods, and then a banquet of environmental toxins, that glutathione plays a crucial role in detoxifying.
I was intolerant to vitamin c, and to quercetin, which acted as pro-oxidants (rather than as anti-oxidants), at even tiny levels in my toxic body. It turns out that glutathione is a master anti-oxidant that regulates these anti-oxidants.
I was also intolerant to all methylation donors. Methylation involves four interlocking, conversion processes; folate, methylation, B12, and glutathione that are important to detoxification.
According to Dr Ben Lynch, the glutathione cycle is the most important of these cycles. Until glutathione depletion is addressed all other methylation interventions are futile.
Also I had chronic acute inflammation markers which were “off the charts” including ceruloplasmin (which regulates copper), c-reactive protein, and metabolic markers. I put on 30 kilos in about 6 weeks in response to inflammation.
It turns out, a glutathione deficiency, was driving my chronic symptoms.
When I started this healing journey my body was in oxidative stress from pharmaceutical drugs.
It was too inflamed to absorb anti-oxidant supplements but I could absorb anti-oxidants in their whole-food forms. So I decided to eat my vitamins.
I live in Byron Bay which is a magical place. It is renowned in aboriginal culture as a healing place. There is an unwritten rule that if you live here, after you have healed, that you help others in their journey.
So when I asked the local healers, how to increase my anti-oxidant intake, they told me to eat microgreens! Now I am paying it forward to you.