I first wrote about Diamine Oxidase enzyme supplements in this post. (In a nutshell, diamine oxidase is an enzyme your body makes to break down ingested histamine. If your body doesn’t make enough of the enzyme, you may have issues with histamine building up and symptoms resulting.)
I wasn’t eating animal protein because no matter what I tried (chicken, fish, lamb, pork or beef) it gave me headaches and other issues. I wasn’t eating legumes because it made my GI tract unhappy. I desperately needed protein so when I decided to try the diamine oxidase supplements it was with the animal protein. (Even though, to be honest, I would prefer to eat plant protein!)
I tried the DAOSin twice and it seemed to give me a headache about an hour after taking it. I suspected that some of the filler ingredients in the DAOSin were causing the headaches (eg the rice starch or corn starch).
I searched for a product that didn’t contain those ingredients. I found Histame and ordered it. Here is their website. I tried it at home, testing it with chicken for the first time on August 5th and it seemed to help. I was traveling the next week and for the first time in over a year I ate in restaurants. I ordered my food plain, avoided any high histamine foods, and asked for the freshest meat or fish they had on the menu. And I brought my Histame with me and took 2 with each meal.
It did allow me to eat some of the meals without a problem. I was very happy and excited. Finally, if I were careful, I could enjoy going out with my family. I did have problems with two of the meals. One of the meals was a chicken dish, and I suspect the chicken wasn’t fresh. The other was a salmon dish. I slept poorly that night, was itchy and had sore joints in my hands and elbows. I’m suspecting that the salmon wasn’t very fresh either. I had eaten salmon twice previously (with Histame) and had done fine with it.
Yesterday I tried to eat chicken without any diamine oxidase enzyme to see if I would have any issues. And I did. I ate 1 oz of chicken mid morning, 1 ounce mid afternoon, and 1 ounce around 7 pm. This was the freshest chicken that the grocery store could offer me and I still had problems. I slept poorly and had a decently bad headache until 2 pm today. Yep, I need the diamine oxidase. Or I need to not eat animal protein. But I have to get protein from somewhere and while whey protein seems to work for me I don’t want to live on it.
I will continue to experiment with both supplements and with various animal and vegetable protein foods. It *seems* I require 1 Histame for about 2 ounces of animal protein. For now I am grateful that there is something I can take to allow me to eat some protein. I only hope it continues to work for me!
And someday, I hope my body will be well enough to make it’s own diamine oxidase!
Update: November 29, 2014: In September I was made aware of the Emerson Ecologic’s website that listed the ingredients for Histame. On their website, they listed that the product contained rice starch, corn starch, and other ingredients not on the label. I called the Naturally Vitamin company which makes Histame to clarify the situation. The person answering the phone could not tell me exactly what was in the Histame. I tried again a few days later and got the same response. I emailed the company on the 17th of November and have not received a reply. If they respond I will post what they say. I did notice yesterday that the ingredient list on the Emerson Ecologic’s website now matches what is on the Histame bottle.