I’ve written a couple of posts on Histamine Intolerance, since I *think* that is part of what I am dealing with. Those posts can be found here. I have since found some additional helpful information.
- Histamine Intolerance in Clinical Practice (journal article)
- Histamine Potential of Food and Additives from the Swiss Interest Group Histamine Intolerance (SIGHI)
- Interview with Dr. Janice Joneja on Histamine Intolerance from the Low Histamine Chef’s website. Part 1 can be found here and part 2 can be found here. You can listen to the interview or read the transcript or both. (Reading the transcript is faster.)
- The Histamine Restricted Diet from the Food Allergy Talk.com website (a nice concise list of foods to eat and avoid)
One thing I found out about histamine food lists is that they don’t always agree with each other. Oh, they do agree on the really high histamine containing foods such as fermented foods, tomatoes and spinach. But when I compared the lists more closely, I saw some discrepancies. And so it comes down to what each person can tolerate.
What was helpful for me this week was discovering a possible reason for why a B supplement I tried gave me symptoms. According to the last page (page 8) of the SIGHI Histamine Potential of Food and Additives list, folic acid is pretty good at liberating histamine. Maybe that is what caused the problem. I have since found a B supplement that doesn’t contain folic acid and it didn’t cause me any issues. Perhaps I will someday retest the folic acid containing supplement to see if I get the same reaction. But that won’t be today. I’m not fond of purposely making myself have symptoms!
I hope you find this information helpful. I write this blog partly for me….so I can keep track of the information I find. I hope it helps others too!
These resources will soon be added to the Resources page of the website. But that won’t be today either as I am off to help my son with something!