Thanks to one of my readers, I’ve started researching more about olive oil’s role in healing my histamine intolerance. It’s such a large puzzle and there are so many pieces to put together that it’s hard to know which theory is right or if all my theories are right. It’s usually not just one thing anyway.
In yoga, when I pulled a muscle in my back, my yoga teacher asked what I was doing before the injury. Her thinking was it wasn’t reaching to touch my toes in class, it was the vacuuming, the carrying heavy grocery bags, the biking, and the running in the days leading up to the muscle pull.
I’ve even said I think I’ve always suffered from a mild form of intolerance but just never knew it. So it built up over time until menopause, in my case, was the tipping point.
The link that Dotslady sent is really interesting when it comes to what effect olive oil might have on a person with histamine intolerance. I was initially focusing on what effect olive oil had on the hormones DHEA and cortisol. This article focuses on yet another system that olive oil effects: the intestinal system.
DAO is an enzyme that helps break-down histamine. If you’re lacking this enzyme, which is produced in your intestines, your body doesn’t handle the histamine in foods properly and your histamine bucket tips over. This article in the Examiner is very concise about DAO’s role in controlling histamine. I hate the name of the article though. Food Allergies may be simply a DAO deficiency. Simply? Really? There’s nothing simply about it. But I digress…
If a person has a slightly lower level of DAO, or has eaten too many foods with high levels of histamine that exceed their enzyme’s capacity to break down the excess quickly enough, signs of histamine excess result. And we all know what that means. For me, itching, insomnia, hot flashes…
So then what does olive oil do? In the studies I’ve linked to, it was found to increase intestinal lymph DAO. To put it simply, it is my understanding, after reading a few medical abstracts, that if you are low on DAO, olive oil helps make some.
If you like reading medical abstracts, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition’s site has some great explanations of DAO and the details of histamine intolerance.
In the meantime, I’m going to keep using olive oil to cook with and make salad dressings, supplement with it, and apply it to my body. I know it’s helped me heal. Why, well there could be more than one reason. And if I ever figure it out I’ll let ya know!