What is histamine intolerance?
Our body can react to several components in our food. With a histamine intolerance, a physical reaction to histamine from food occurs. This is a non-immunological response from the body. About 1-2% of the population has a histamine intolerance.
The body can produce histamine itself in the mast cells, because histamine is needed for different functions in the body. Besides this, histamine also occurs naturally in food. Normally, the enzyme Diamine Oxidase (DAO) is responsible for the breakdown of histamine from food in our intestine. When DAO is working properly, the histamine from food will be broken down in the intestine and there will be no rise in histamine levels in the body.
With a histamine intolerance, there is to little DAO in the intestine, or it’s not working properly. Because of this, not all histamine from food will be broken down with the result that the histamine level in the body will rise and this can cause serious complaints.
Consult a dietician
If you suspect a histamine intolerance, consult a specialized dietician. He/she can help you figure out if you have a histamine intolerance and can prepare appropriate, complete and personal nutritional advice.