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  • Jane Condliffe

Natural remedies to ease histamine-related symptoms

There are several natural remedies and lifestyle changes that may help alleviate histamine-related symptoms for some individuals. Here are some natural approaches that some people find helpful:

  1. Quercetin: Quercetin is a flavonoid found in many fruits, vegetables, and supplements. It is believed to have natural antihistamine properties and may help reduce allergic symptoms by stabilizing mast cells.

  2. Vitamin C: Vitamin C is known for its antioxidant properties and may also have antihistamine effects. Consuming vitamin C-rich foods like oranges, strawberries, and bell peppers, or taking a vitamin C supplement, may help alleviate allergy symptoms for some people.

  3. Stinging nettle: Stinging nettle is a plant that has been used traditionally to treat allergies. Some research suggests that it may help reduce inflammation and histamine levels in the body. Nettle tea or supplements are available for those interested in trying this remedy.

  4. Butterbur: Butterbur is an herb that has been used for centuries to treat various ailments, including allergies. It may help reduce nasal congestion and other allergy symptoms by acting as a natural antihistamine. However, it's important to choose a butterbur supplement that is certified as free of pyrrolizidine alkaloids, which can be harmful to the liver.

  5. Probiotics: Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that can help support gut health. Some research suggests that a healthy balance of gut bacteria may help regulate the immune system and reduce allergy symptoms.

  6. Avoidance of trigger foods: Some foods, such as fermented foods, aged cheeses, and certain alcoholic beverages, can trigger the release of histamine in the body or block the enzyme responsible for breaking down histamine. Avoiding these foods may help reduce histamine levels and alleviate symptoms for some individuals.

  7. Essential oils: Certain essential oils, such as lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus, may have anti-inflammatory and decongestant properties that can help relieve allergy symptoms when used in aromatherapy or diluted and applied topically.

It's important to note that these remedies may not work for everyone, and it's always best to consult with a healthcare professional before trying any new treatment, especially if you have severe allergies or other medical conditions.

How to Test for Histamine Intolerance

What is the purpose of testing?

Testing aids in confirming diagnoses such as anaphylaxis, mastocytosis, or mast cell activation

For diagnosing histamine intolerance, I suggest undergoing a histamine blood test. This test evaluates the ratio of histamine to DAO enzyme levels. Elevated histamine to DAO ratio indicates insufficient DAO levels to metabolize histamine.

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