The humble vitamin C increases diamine oxidase making it one of the simplest and cheapest treatments for histamine intolerance.
Here is a quick summary of current research findings:
- Dosage recommendations are between 1 – 3 grams a day, with 2 grams a general recommendation.
- Vitamin C increases diamine oxidase which then metabolises excess histamine.
- Vitamin C does not stop histamine degranulation from mast cells. It does not affect tryptase levels.
- Chewable tablets (absorbed orally) are the most rapidly absorbed (including by the brain) in an emergency.
- Vitamin C can also reduce nausea and sea-sickness.
I find one of the most widely misunderstood areas with histamine intolerance is how to reintroduce nutritious higher histamine foods. Here are some common misunderstandings and how to reintroduce nutritious higher histamine foods:
Elimination diets are a diagnostic tool not a life sentence. A low histamine elimination diets should only be done for 2 – 4 weeks to confirm a food intolerance. Then the aim is to keep as many nutritious foods in your diet with as high a variety of foods as possible. It is not to only eat only low histamine foods as this is not an allergy it is a threshold issue.
One of my wellness rituals is fresh herb teas and here is how to make medicinal herbal tea (with my top 3 blends).
I also like the ritual. Drunk alone its a moment of meditation. Drunk with friends its hospitality.
My choice of herbal tea is based on the easiest ones to grow myself rather than expensively packaged tea bags. So part of my ritual is going out to the herb garden, and picking herbs, often based on my intuitive feel for what my body needs.
They are so much more delicious, delicate, and nutritious than dried teas. Also consistent with the low histamine mantra of “buy fresh, cook fresh, and eat fresh” fresh herbs are typically better tolerated.
One of the questions I often get asked is which fat is low histamine? There is a lot of confusion around fats, let alone histamine intolerance, such that when you add the two together, then its easy to be really confused. I hope to make this simple.
Contrary to marketing propaganda fat does not make you fat. Instead many fats (but not all) are essential (and must be consumed to be healthy), regulate our cell function (that are mostly comprised of fat), but are mostly pro-inflammatory to varying degrees.