If you suffer from symptoms such as headache, a runny nose, gastrointestinal discomfort or skin changes or even cardiovascular problems after drinking red wine, hard cheese, tomatoes or chocolate, histamine intolerance could be a cause.
Histamine almost everywhere
Histamine is more or less contained in almost every food, but is also formed in our body itself and plays an important role in the immune system. The enzyme DAO (diamine oxidase) is responsible in the intestine for the breakdown of histamine. In healthy people, DAO is produced on an ongoing basis and the histamine taken in with food can already be "neutralized" in the intestine. However, if the body produces too little DAO, symptoms of histamine may be present even at low levels.
Normally, a histamine-poor diet is recommended after a positive diagnosis of histamine intolerance. The avoidance of histamine-containing foods and drinks is the basic requirement. Histamine is resistant to heat and cold and therefore can not be destroyed by any kitchen technique such as freezing, cooking or baking. There are also medicines known as antihistamines that reduce or eliminate the effect of histamine by inhibiting histamine release. (Further information: www.histobase.at)
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