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Friday, August 9, 2013

The Root Causes of Histamine Release



In my last post, I discussed how excessive amounts of histamine can potentially interfere with sleep and how quercetin is a natural supplement that can reduce histamine release.

Let's take this one step further. What causes histamine to be elevated in the first place?

1. Ingestion of substances high in histamine, such as alcohol, certain prescribed drugs, and foods high in histamine or histadine

2. Ingestion or inhalation of substances that trigger histamine release in your body

Some foods (i.e. citrus) may not be high in histamine, but they can cause the release of histamine in your body. You may also inhale or ingest allergens that can cause a histamine release.

3. Conditions that cause the body to produce too much histamine

These conditions include allergies, overproduction of certain immune cells, bacteria, some yeasts, bleeding in the digestive system.

4. Genetic or acquired impairment of the enzymes that break down histamine

If your body lacks the enzymes to break down histamine, it builds up over time in your body. Some people genetically lack these enzymes. Other times, these break-down enzymes are inhibited by gastrointestinal disease, alcohol or certain drugs.

If you suffer with too much histamine, an antihistamine drug or natural antihistamine such as quercetin may provide immediate relief. However, addressing the underlying cause can provide long-term relief.

Reference: http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/85/5/1185.full

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