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.

“BODY RESET”
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.

ORGANIC, NON-GMO, WHOLE FOODS
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.

GLUTEN
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…

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
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.

PYROLURIA
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.

VITAMINS
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
    (Solaray)

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
    (R-U-Ved)
  • 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,
Michelle

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!

Sake Substitute

Sake Substitute:

  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vodka
  • 1/2 tsp blueberry juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp apple juice
  • 1/16 tsp white pepper
AMINE BREAKDOWN:
Very Low Amine: water, white pepper
Low Amine: sugar, vodka, apple juice
Very High Amine: blueberry juice (low in tyramines, high in histamines)

White Wine Vinegar Substitute

White Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1/4 tsp ascorbic acid
AMINE BREAKDOWN:
Very Low Amine: water, ascorbic acid

Sherry Substitute

Sherry
  • 1 Tbsp apple juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp ascorbic acid
AMINE BREAKDOWN:
Very Low Amine: ascorbic acid, vanilla
Low Amine: apple juice

Rice Vinegar Substitute

Rice Vinegar Substitute
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1 tsp apple juice
  • 1/4 tsp ascorbic acid
Seasoned Rice Vinegar Substitute
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 3/4 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp ascorbic acid
  • 1/4 tsp apple juice
AMINE BREAKDOWN:
Very Low Amine: water, ascorbic acid
Low Amine: apple juice, maple syrup

Red Wine Vinegar Substitute

Vinegar is very high in amines, so I have come up with vinegar substitutions that are amine-allergy friendly. These vinegar substitutions are low amine, delicious, and easy to make. Blueberry juice does not give me problems, but please be aware that though it is low in tyramines, it is high in histamines. Use if your diet will allow for it, otherwise opt for an unsweetened pomegranate juice.
Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp blueberry juice
  • 1 tsp vodka
  • just shy of 1/2 tsp ascorbic acid
  • 1/4 tsp loosely packed brown sugar
AMINE BREAKDOWN:
Very Low Amine: ascorbic acid
Low Amine: vodka, brown sugar
High Amine: blueberry juice (low in tyramines, high in histamines)

Malt Vinegar Substitute

Malt Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp apple juice
  • 1 tsp ascorbic acid
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp honey
AMINE BREAKDOWN:
Very Low Amine: ascorbic acid
Low Amine: honey, apple juice
Very High Amine: lime juice

Apple Cider Vinegar Substitute

Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp apple juice
  • Just shy of 1/4 tsp ascorbic acid
AMINE BREAKDOWN:
Very Low Amine: ascorbic acid
Low Amine: apple juice

Vinegar Substitutions (apple cider, malt, red wine, white wine, rice, balsamic vinegar, and sherry).

Vinegar is very high in amines, so I have come up with vinegar substitutions that are amine-allergy friendly. These vinegar substitutions are low amine, delicious, and easy to make. Blueberry juice does not give me problems, but please be aware that though it is low in tyramines, it is high in histamines. Use if your diet will allow for it, otherwise opt for an unsweetened pomegranate juice.
Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp apple juice
  • Just shy of 1/4 tsp ascorbic acid

Balsamic vinegar

  • 4 Tbsp blueberry juice, reduced over high heat to 2 Tbsp
  • 1/2 tsp ascorbic acid
  • 1/4 tsp molasses
  • 1 tsp vodka
  • 1/4 tsp lime juice
Malt Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp apple juice
  • 1 tsp ascorbic acid
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp honey
Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp blueberry juice
  • 1 tsp vodka
  • just shy of 1/2 tsp ascorbic acid
  • 1/4 tsp loosely packed brown sugar
Rice Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1 tsp apple juice
  • 1/4 tsp ascorbic acid
Rice Vinegar (Seasoned)
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 3/4 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp ascorbic acid
  • 1/4 tsp apple juice
Sherry
  • 1 Tbsp apple juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp ascorbic acid
White Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1/4 tsp ascorbic acid
Other Substitutes:
 

Mirin Substitute:

  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp ascorbic acid
  • 1/4 tsp apple juice
  • 2 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp sake

Sake Substitute:

  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vodka
  • 1/2 tsp blueberry juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp apple juice
  • 1/16 tsp white pepper

A Cure for Amine Allergies?

Amine allergy swollen knee joints

Amine allergy swollen knee joints? These are my knees today. I've been bingeing on high amine foods for four days now. They are not swollen and do not hurt. They're a bit stiff. But they should be totally exploded from my amine allergy.

I just found something that may or may not help you. It has certainly helped me.

Correct me if I am misstating any of this information…

Apparently with some forms of amine allergies, it can cause an absorption problem in the body – particularly with Zinc and B-Vitamins. The lack of these vitamins causes a more severe reaction to amines. It seems to be a nasty cycle of making things worse.

  • Real Failsafe Meals blogger’s daughter has, “food intolerances (to salicylates and amines), and found they are caused by a condition called Pyroluria. In very basic terms, pyroles (a by-product of haemoglobin production) grab hold of B6 and Zinc and take them out of the body via the urine. This leads to massive deficiencies of zinc and B6… and on the opposite end of the scale, toxic levels of copper (copper and zinc work against each other). Check the FAQs documents [of this Facebook page for Pyroluria information].”

Upon reading several key forums, experiences, and blogs, I decided to use myself as a Guinea pig. I have been taking Zinc (zinc and calcium, mixed) and B-Vitamins for three weeks now, daily. I am only taking one per day of both the Super B-Complex and the Zinc/Calcium blend. They are meant as daily multi-vitamins, so I do not have much fear of overdoing it.

WARNING: More then 50 MG of Zinc can be lethal. See your doctor before taking over 50MG of Zinc (thanks for the heads up, Allergic Vegetarian!).

In Nature Made Zinc/Calcium Tablets:

  • Vitamin D3: 200 I.U. (50% Daily Value)
  • Calcium 333 mg (33% Daily Value)
  • Magnesium 133 mg (33% Daily Value)
  • Zinc 5 mg (33% Daily Value)
In Nature Made Super B-Complex Tablets:
  • Vitamin C 150 mg (250% Daily Value)
  • Thiamin 100 mg (6667% Daily Value)
  • Riboflavin 20 mg (1176% Daily Value)
  • Niacin 25 mg (125% Daily Value)
  • Vitamin B6 2mg (100% Daily Value)
  • Folic Acid 400 mcg (100% Daily Value)
  • Vitamin B12 15 mcg (250% Daily Value)
  • Biotin 30 mcg (10% Daily Value)
  • Pantothenic Acid 5.5 mg (55% Daily Value)

For the last four days, I have been in the moderate amines, eating things like Mexican rice (cooked with tomato paste), hot sauces, avocado, catsup, soy sauce, wild mushroom ragout, miso soup, a couple fingers of scotch, and an entire jar of marinara.

The last time I ate a bowl of marinara and pasta, I was so exploded that by the time I finished eating, my amine allergy had already caused my knee to swell. Within an hour, I could barely walk. Stairs were impossible.

This time, I’ve been eating amines all over, and though my joints are a little stiff, that’s all they are. Just a little stiff. I am positively amazed. I know there are tests you can take to measure your zinc or B-vitamin levels, and perhaps that is what I’ll do next. But while I’m onto this hunch, I feel it necessary to pass this gem along to you. I don’t know if it will work for you, but it’s certainly worth trying. Good luck, and let me know your results if you try it!