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By Louise Carr, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist




You’ve probably heard of antihistamines, which are
commonly taken as a defense against hay fever and allergies,
but what exactly are histamines? And what do high levels of
histamines do to your body? If you have high histamine
levels there are natural solutions in the form of herbs and
foods that help to lower your levels without the assistance of
antihistamine medication, which can cause uncomfortable
side effects. Find out more about what histamine can do to
your health and about lowering histamine levels the natural
way.

What Exactly Are Histamines?

A histamine is a chemical, stored in the mast cells, which
your body releases when it detects the presence of
something dangerous, such as an infection.

Histamine acts like a security guard, stopping threats from
breaking into the cells. It offers protection by telling the
blood vessels to expand and for the skin to itch and swell.
This is great, but in some cases histamine starts working in
reaction to a harmless “threat” such as pollen.

What Do High Levels of Histamine Do to Your Body?

High levels of histamine can cause inflammation, rashes,
sneezing, runny nose – the classic symptoms of hay fever.
But there’s more. For people who are sensitive to histamine,
high levels could contribute to panic attacks, anxiety, and
even schizophrenia.

And did you know that high levels of histamine can actually
cause sea sickness?

What Can You Do to Lower Your Histamine Levels?

You can take antihistamines, of course, but these come with
side effects like sleepiness, reduced coordination and
reaction time, dry mouth, blurred vision, headache, and
nausea.

You could also try to avoid high-histamine foods. These
include fermented foods, dried fruits, processed meats,
spinach, anchovies, tomatoes, avocados, smoked fish, sour
cream, aged cheeses, and yogurt, according to the Michigan
Allergy, Sinus and Asthma Specialists. It also helps if you
avoid foods that can trigger a release of histamine in the
body like wine, chocolate, coffee, and cheese.

To lower your histamine levels, you could try these foods
and herbs, all of which are said to reduce histamine levels
naturally, without side effects.

We looked at recent scientific studies to see which foods are
the best for this important purpose.
































1.
Garlic Helps Lower Your Histamine Levels

Garlic is a natural antioxidant and also stops mast cells in
your body from releasing histamine. This was the surprising
finding from a study conducted almost 60 years ago in
Sweden.  In 1958, Scientists from the Karolinska institutet,
Stockholm, Sweden, tested extract of garlic on rat mast cells.

They discovered that allicin, the active compound in garlic
has the ability to block histamine levels even at extremely
low concentration levels. In fact the garlic was effective even
at levels of one molecule of allicin in 2 million of neutral liquid.

What this suggests is that adding some garlic to your meals
early in the allergy season could be a savior.

Your cooking technique matters. Other studies have found
that allicin is only released when you crush your garlic cloves
first. Just remember to crush the garlic to release the allicin
and you could be breathing free and easy throughout the
sneezy months of the year.

2.
Take Butterbur for Lower Histamine

The herb
butterbur is a potential ally in the fight against high
histamine levels.

In a 2002 study by the Allergy Clinic in Landquart,
Switzerland, 125 people with hay fever tested extract of
butterbur against the antihistamine cetirizine.

Both butterbur and the drug proved equally effective. And in
a 2005 study from the Allergy Clinic in Landquart, 330
people took wither butterbur or the antihistamine
fexofenadine, or placebo. Both butterbur and the
antihistamine were equally as effective, more so than the
placebo.

3.
Vitamin C Helps to Reduce Levels of Histamine By 40%

Vitamin C may lower histamine levels, according to experts
who have tested injections of vitamin C to reduce blood
levels of histamine in people with allergies. 

A 2014 study from the FAZ Floridsdorf Allergy Center,
Vienna, Austria tested vitamin C as a treatment for
seasickness since high histamine levels can cause this
problem.

Researchers looked at 70 people in a life raft in an indoor
wave pool, who took 2g of vitamin C or placebo. Vitamin C
was found to be effective in suppressing seasickness
symptoms and almost 40% of histamine.

4.
Lower Your Histamine Levels with Chamomile

Chamomile, which is often brewed as a tea, can stop mast
cells from releasing histamine, according to a 2011 study by
researchers at the Hanagal Shri Kumareshwar College of
Pharmacy in Karnataka, India.

Drinking chamomile tea also helps settle the stomach and
may reduce symptoms of allergies. It is better to use fresh
chamomile rather than dried.

5.
Watercress Blocks an Amazing 60% of Histamine

Watercress (Nasturtium officinale) is a peppery, sharp-
tasting salad vegetable which is a valuable addition to salads
when you have high histamine levels.

Here's a shocking discovery. A 1999 study from the National
Institute of Health Sciences in Japan revealed that extract of
watercress blocked the release of 60 percent of histamines
that come from mast cells, which will certainly help to lower
histamine levels in the body. It is normally eaten raw and
complements milder lettuces.

6.
Eat Your Sprouts to Help Lower Histamine Levels

Members of the fabaceae family of pulses contain high levels
of diamines oxidase, which is an enzyme that helps to
degrade histamine in the body.

Pea sprouts are the most beneficial members of this family,
according to a 2007 study from the University of Florence in
Italy, as they contain the highest levels of diamines oxidase.

Other beneficial sprouts include chickpea seedlings and lentil
seedlings.

7.
Fresh Onions Help Keep Histamine Levels Down

The humble onion is often overlooked but it is actually a
highly beneficial vegetable when it comes to keeping
histamine levels low.

Onions, including spring onions, are nutritious, low in
calories, high in prebiotics, and contain chemicals that inhibit
the release of histamine, as well as help stabilize mast cells.

Onions could also help to lower levels of histamine at an
extra-cellular level according to a 2009 study from
researchers at the Division of Pharmacology and Natural
Products Chemistry, Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine,
Jammu-Tawi, India.







































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Eating curry at least once a month
increases lung capacity and lowers
risk for asthma.
Add onions to your meals to naturally
block histamine.