I recently had one of those months where I couldn’t figure out why I was itching at night. It drove me crazy. I cut back on edible histamines. I cut back on histamine liberators. I cut back on DAO inhibitors. I ate pea sprouts for the natural DAO. I checked my environment for any new… Continue reading Use DailyMed to identify excipients
Dose-dependent mast cell degranulation from AGEs in food
An inflammatory compound called ”advanced glycation endproducts” (also known as AGEs) is created whenever high protein/fat foods are cooked using very high and dry heat. Some examples of foods high in AGEs are grilled or broiled meat, BBQ ribs, fried eggs and —bummer of all bummers—roasted nuts or seeds. I’ve written before about AGEs causing… Continue reading Dose-dependent mast cell degranulation from AGEs in food
Cooking method affects histamines
According to a 2017 study on how cooking method affects histamine content of select foods, grilling and frying increased histamines whereas boiling did not. I wish they’d measured the effects of steaming, sautéing and a few other cooking methods, but we know from research on AGE’s (inflammatory compounds called advanced glycation endproducts) that cooking methods… Continue reading Cooking method affects histamines
How psychological stress affects mast cells
If you have mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS), then you probably already know—all too well—how psychological stress affects mast cells. But if you want proof, details, and a ton of other fantastic information from one of the world’s top mast cell researchers, check out this new article by Dr. Theo Theoharides: Impact of psychological stress… Continue reading How psychological stress affects mast cells
Fight MCAS with your Fork: Healthy foods that are mast cell stabilizers
The Institute for Functional Medicine has collected research on 10 foods that can help fight symptoms related to mast cell activation.
Pandemic ruining your low-histamine diet? 12 strategies
Low-histamine diets are hard enough at the best of times. Here are 12 tips for getting low-histamine (i.e., super fresh) foods during the pandemic.
Citric acid may contain fragments of mutant toxic black mold?!
Citric acid is basically just lemon or lime juice, right? (Nope.) And if it likely had something harmful in it, the USDA would tell us, right? (Nope.) And if an ingredient were made from toxic black mold—in China—the USDA would require safety testing before allowing it in thousands of foods and supplements, right? (Nope.) Ok,… Continue reading Citric acid may contain fragments of mutant toxic black mold?!