One of the challenges faced by people with histamine intolerance is the removal of high histamine ferments, but fortunately, a wide range of low histamine foods nourish the gut. You do not need to eat sauerkraut to have a good gut biome.
A recent study has provided important information on diamine oxidase foods and how to raise diamine oxidase naturally through our diet.
The study looked at both macronutrients (protein, fat, and carbohydrates) and micronutrients (including key minerals and vitamins) in healthy women.
The findings suggest that our diet (and not just the histamine content of food) has a profound impact on our histamine degrading enzyme diamine oxidase. Increasing our diamine oxidase may help increase our histamine tolerance.
Australian scientists have linked chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) to a genetic defect in immune cell receptors putting to rest once and for all the pathology of this much-maligned condition.
The research undertaken by the National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases (Griffiths University) found that an inherited genetic defect means that cells do not work optimally.
These findings have potentially wider implications as many of the patients studied also had fibromyalgia and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome.
Mast-cell precursors have also been found in the blood of the patients studied.
Whilst CFS patients might well fall under the spectrum of mast-cell activation, the Griffiths University research, by identifying the mechanism of action, provides a much more precise diagnosis.
The new guidelines for diagnosing histamine intolerance provides an interesting overview as to some of the challenges that researcher and patients share.
The question they pose is not whether histamine intolerance exists but what is the root cause? Is it actually what we eat?
They then go on to propose new guidelines for diagnosing and managing histamine intolerance.
The following is a summary of their findings and recommendations.