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Histamine Containing and Releasing Foods

Histamine Rich Foods

  • Anchovies
  • Avocados
  • Beer
  • Canned Foods
  • Cheeses Ciders
  • Eggplant
  • Fermented Beverages
  • Fermented Foods
  • Fish- Herring, Mackerel, Sardines, Tuna
  • Jams and Preserves
  • Meats-  Processed Meats, Salami, Sauerkraut, Sausage,
  • Sour Cream
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Vegetables
  • Vermouth
  • Vinegars
  • Wines
  • Yeast extract
  • Yoghurt
  • Soy Products
  • Soy sauces and fermented soybean curd
  • Fermented Meats

Histamine-Releasing Foods

Foods that release histamine into the body include:

  • Alcohol
  • Bananas
  • Certain Nuts
  • Chocolate
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Milk
  • Papayas
  • Pineapple
  • Shellfish
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes

These foods inhibit phenylsulphotransferase therefore the breakdown of vasoactive amines and serotonin Penecillin, OCP and theophylline decrease B6

Are some people more prone to Histamine food poisoning?

Studies have shown that histamine-intolerant individuals may have a deficiency of the enzyme, diamine oxidase, in the small intestinal mucosa, resulting in decreased breakdown, and increased absorption of histamine in the gastrointestinal tract. Diamine oxidase levels are known to be about 500-fold elevated in pregnancy.

Almost 100 drugs have been shown to inhibit diamine oxidase, including: * Clauvulanic acid found in Augmentin (antibiotics) * Doxycyline * Isoniazid (antibiotics used to treat tuberculosis) * Metoclopropramide (used to treat 'stomach upsets') * Verapamil (used to treat heart conditions) * Promethazine * Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (older drugs used to treat depression) * Herbal & Nutritional supplements are an area for future research.

Do Nutritional supplements with tyrosine (which is converted to tyramine, a very similar amine to histamine) increase the risk of scrombroid poisoning?

Nutrients regulate diamine oxidase release in intestinal mucosa (1). Some studies suggest that Zinc, manganese, Niacin, Vitamin B12 and folic acid may increase histamine levels.

Alcohol is also seen as a histamine liberator, i.e., it can enhance the effect of histamine in sensitive individuals. B6 assists diamine oxidase Diamine oxidase (DAO) is an enzyme synthesized primarily in the gastrointestinal mucosal cells.

Carina is available to lecture for your group or institution on this subject

Carina Harkin BHSc.Nat.BHSc.Hom.BHSc.Acu. is a practitioner of 10 years, complementary medicine lecturer of 4 years and mother of six in Galway, Ireland who practices what she teaches.

For an appointment call Carina directly on 083 34 66 333.

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