Amine Allergy Remedy

It’s been about two years now since I started building this Low Amine Recipes blog. It has helped a great number of you, and been an inspiration for me in the kitchen, and a driving force behind my exploratory cooking. You may have noticed, however, that in the last several months, I haven’t posted very much. Part of it is because I am unemployed and can’t afford to waste any food on failed attempts, rare though total straight-to-garbage-bin flops may be. Finances have been rough. I’m still loving life, but it’s certainly more lean around these parts.

The other reason I haven’t been posting as much is because I have been able to eat more amines lately. I have been getting away with nectarines, cherries, cauliflower, kale, unprocessed apple cider vinegar, and all other kinds of high amine goodies. I can even have the infrequent tomato, if it’s organic, non-gmo, and fresh, which is stunning, as it was previously my Kryptonite.

Processed foods, food dyes (especially Yellow #5 (Tartazine)), preservatives, canned, aged, and otherwise old foods still do me much harm. However, high amine fresh produce is becoming more and more tolerable. I have even been able to throw in small amounts of raw walnuts and almonds to up my magnesium intake.

My symptoms have reduced… BY ALMOST THREE QUARTERS.

So… How did I do it?

Though I didn’t take my own following advice, please consult your doctor first. Know you are taking your health into your own hands. I am not liable for your actions or your results. My actions may not be what your body chemistry needs. But then again, it may be. I do not feel right keeping what I know about my own success from you.

I don’t know why my symptoms have so drastically reduced. I only know the changes I’ve made that caused it. This is what I will be sharing with you today.

Firstly, I was on a strict low amine diet for over a year. I remember reading somewhere that if you’re on a super strict low amine diet, sometimes the body “resets.” I don’t think my body did this. I did occasionally break down and have the giant plate of evil (often a big bowl of pasta), knowing that by the time I was done eating it, I wouldn’t be able to stand up to put my own dish away. No walking for three days was my penance. But I still did it now and again.

Though I was originally a skeptic, I switched to non-GMO, organic foods as much as possible, and noticed a significant change with that. I realize there aren’t studies to prove GMO is damaging, or that organic is better, or… whatever. But what I do know is that my body reacts better to organic, non-GMO foods. I do not experience as many amine allergies or other bodily breakdowns. Additionally, I removed 99% of processed foods. The only processed things that remain are tamari (yes, I can get away with that now), rice/quinoa pasta, and gluten-free bread.

I do my best to keep gluten minimized in my diet. When I eat more of it, I notice my allergies are worse. When I did my elimination diet, I was diagnosed as “gluten intolerant,” however, I didn’t think much of it until I realized that by eating it, it made my other allergies worse. Just a heads up…

I have been nixing using tums or calcium for my heartburn. Also, a few times a week, I have been drinking a couple tablespoons of ACV. ACV helps to alkalize the body. I was extremely hesitant to start using this, as I know the consequences for vinegar are harsh in the amine world. It seems to agree with me, though, so long as I use it sparingly, and only use the raw, unfiltered ACV brands. It is said that over time, ACV helps to repair the digestive tract.

The biggest changes I saw were when I did research into the link between Pyroluria and Amine Allergies. Do your own research on this – there is a very helpful closed group on Facebook called “Pyroluria.” I suggest you join and read through the documents on the site. Extremely useful information. This is not to say you have Pyroluria (and no, I still have not been tested for this – I can’t seem to dredge up the funds for a test), but there were too many commonalities for me to ignore it.

I recently started dating a wonderful man who I have decided I’m going to love and squeeze into little bits forever. His knowledge in nutrition led me to start trying new supplements and replacing others with better ones. As it turns out, there is a major difference between “regular” (over-the-counter, generic, Costco-type) vitamins, and vitamins that are formulated to make your body recognize the vitamins as food. This is very important to remember when you’re buying vitamins. Price isn’t everything; Effectiveness IS.

The vitamins I now take that I have noticed the greatest benefits to my amine allergy reduction are:

  • Coenzyme B-Complex Caps, 3 per day
    With methylfolate
    (Country Life)
  • B-12 Energy Patch, 1x/week or longer, left on until it falls off
    1000mcg of Active Vitamin B-12 & 400 mac of Folic Acid
    (Healthy Habits)
  • Activated C Food Complex, 3 per day
    (New Chapter)
  • Calcium Magnesium Zinc, 3 per day
    1000 mg: 500mg: 25mg
    (Country Life)
  • Super Epa (Fish Oil), 2 per day
    (Thorne Research)
  • Every Woman’s One Daily, 1 per day
    (New Chapter Organics)
  • Vitamin D3, 2 per day
    2000 IU
    (PCC Natural Markets)
  • Iodoral (SEE NOTES…*)
    50 mg
  • Selenium (L-Selenomethionine), 1 per day when Iodoral is taken
    100 mcg

Other vitamins I take for other reasons that may/may not help the allergy but help me overall:

  • Sun Chlorella A, 15 tablets per day
  • Inflamma-Less, 1-2 soft gels per day
    (Irwin Naturals)
  • PB8 (pro-biotic acidophilus), 1 per day
    (Nutrition Now)
  • Vegenzyme, 1 before meals
  • Rhodiola Rosea, 1 at waking
    120 mg
    (Gaia Herbs)

Other vitamins I take that I don’t have brands or dosage dialed in yet:

  • Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM

I hope that this information helps you in your journey to reclaim your body. I have come to believe that my amine allergies were a symptom of much greater problems going on. Deficiencies in vitamins, as well as toxic levels of metals, arsenic, etc. I suggest you also look into chelation and into whether doing detox for your liver (I still have not done a proper cleanse, but have been doing my best to add foods that are helpful to successful detox), kidneys, and so forth. Best to you in your low amine journey.

Love and Light,

P.S. I know this blog is impossible with the recipes sometimes. Would you be interested in purchasing a book if I put one together? I was thinking about it, but I wanted to know whether the interest is out there…

*NOTE: Iodoral is an iodine complex that I feel did me a great amount of good. There is a specific way you need to take it, though. Starting slow… Do research on Dr. Brownstein and Iodine before starting.

You Can Do It, Too!

Go Get ‘Em, Tiger! You’ve GOT THIS!

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  1. Thanks for this email. It was so great to see pyroluria on your list. I’ve been making connections about my health and see the relationship between mast cells, connective tissue, gut dysbiosis, metabolic imbalance (genetic or dietary), yeast overgrowth, copper excess, deficiencies in multiple vitamins and minerals including B6, magnesium, zinc, iron, etc, and food intolerances. I’ve been reading many articles and books and have been making connections. Have you read Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Campbell Mcbride? This was also very interesting:

    Would love to exchange notes on sources. By the way, I didn’t see B6 or P5P on your list of vitamins. I’m planning to start as soon as I know the right dosage. Best of luck in the new year! Wishing you health and peace.

    Take care, Eiman

    • Happy day for me… B6 and P5P are both included in the Coenzyme B-Complex Caps I take (though I didn’t know to look for them until you mentioned it, so thank you). These B vitamins are amazing. My life pretty much crumbles to pieces when I don’t take them and happen to eat something high amine, but with them, I am fully functional and my symptoms take WAY more before they flare up. Go, go B Vitamins. Who knew.

      I found a lot of the articles about amine allergies to be unreadable. So heavily science-based that they made no sense to me as a layman. But I found many on Pyroluria both readable and relevant. I have not yet read that book – thank you for the suggestion. Also, for the article. I would love for this comment section to be laden with suggestions for other people on what to look up and where, for things they have found success with.

      I look forward to us all getting better together.

      Thank you, Eiman, and Happy New Year!

  2. thanks for including me in your blog, I have three grandchildren that my daughter in law say are amino intolerant (first she diagnose them as a salicylate allergies), I don’t really know if they have been assessed by specialist or not but my question is, I have read a lot about amino intolerant but still do not know or have clear knowledge of what they can or can not eat, all I have been told, no acid like lemons, oranges, no chesses, red meat, only organic chicken, no this or that, etc.
    I am so afraid to have them in my house for holiday by their own in case I make a mistake in their diet, dying to have them by themselves with us but I stop because of their strict diet. Funny thing is I worked for 40 years as a Nutrition Assistant in big hospitals ( I am retired now) but never encounter such a strict diet, gluten free is very common, lactose intolerant too, diabetics, vegetarian all of the 7 different kinds but amino??? never.

    Please I really need help if I want to have a closer relationship with my grandchildren, a book, names of foods they can not eat, etc, anything will help.

    Thanking you \.


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  4. Congrats, Michelle. I’m hoping for a reset myself. I believe in retrospect I had histamine intolerance for my entire adult life, and likely longer. But it didn’t go into extreme overdrive until after a horrific reaction to surgery/medications 4 years ago. Unfortunately (well it’s a good thing, but), I already do all the stuff on your list. Good luck with everything and I’ll keep reading for sure.

  5. Good news. Same change happen to me after about 5 months on a low amine diet. I think the main reason is the addition of Iodine (Atomidine) with selenium and taking a strong and effective pro-biotic. (I use TruFlor when I travel and Theralac at home.)
    I’ve taken the other vitamins and minerals in the past, but they did not bring about the improvement in my bodies tolerance to histamines.

    • So glad others have found results with the same supplements! This is a great trend!

  6. In your blog email today you stated that, “I realize there aren’t studies to prove GMO is damaging…”. In fact there are studies to show that GMOs are damaging. See Seralini et al, Carman, Heinemann et al. I am able to send copies of these studies to you if you are unable to find them in a google search.

  7. Hi there, I just wanted to confirm whether or not Butternut Squash is considered to be low in amines, thank you.

    • Squash all across the board is pretty much okay. I have not heard of any reactions, nor have I read that they were high. However, nothing is fail-safe, so please use caution when testing foods.

  8. What do the “H” and “T” represent on the spread sheet? eg. Sweet potatoes, green beans

    • H means high in Histamines.
      T means high in Tyramines.

      Some people are sensitive to one or the other, so I put that there for their benefit.

  9. Hi, Hope you are still getting messages from here. You done some great work here, you do not know how important it is. I want to explain the genetics behind it with you. Please go to my blog and read my story and send me an email or message me on Facebook.

    I will be putting up a post soon on how problems with the monoamine oxidase and COMT gene causes issues with dietary amines and results in disorders like IBS/Anxiety/Dermatitis/MS and parkinson. (If you google all of those with “monoamine oxidase” you will see what I mean.

    • Thank you. <3

  10. Hi, thank you so much for all the great information! I have all the same joint pain /amine issues as you so recipes etc are great. I see this post is a little old so you may have discovered this already, but you can probably choose a better probiotic than the one listed. Some strains produce histamine, e.g L.Casei. Jarrow’s senior dophilus only has amine-neutral or amine-degrading strains.

    • Awesome!!! I didn’t know that’s, thank you for sharing!

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