I am writing a post about B vitamins and their relationship to inflammation, histamine intolerance, and hot flashes, but stopped to put this post up first. In my quest to understand the connection I believe exists between supporting the hypothalamus with vitamin B1 to help eliminate hot flashes, I’ve discovered many things along the way. One of them is about my beloved olive oil.
In short, I got curious if olive oil is rich in B vitamins. I was looking for an additional link between it and my control over histamine intolerance thinking I would find it was rich in B’s. But what I stumbled over was even more exciting for me.
On the World’s Healthiest Foods site , a site I have valued for years for it’s thorough investigations into what makes certain foods healthy, was a new explanation as to why olives are so valuable for allergies.
This is the paragraph from the link I’ve provided:
In traditional herbal medicine practices, preparations from olives and olive leaves have often been used in treatment of inflammatory problems, including allergy-related inflammation. New research may help explain how olives work to provide us with anti-inflammatory benefits, especially during circumstances involving allergy. Olive extracts have now been shown to function as anti-histamines at a cellular level. By blocking special histamine receptors (called H1 receptors), unique components in olive extracts may help to lessen a cell’s histamine response. Because histamine is a molecule that can get overproduced in allergy-related conditions and can be a key player in the inflammatory process, it’s likely that the anti-inflammatory benefits we get from olives involve this anti-histamine pathway. It’s also possible that olives may have a special role to play as part of an overall anti-allergenic diet.
If you are up on your vocabulary, the blocking of the H1 receptors is huge! I knew it. My previous theories about olive oil were based solely on their polyphenols. This goes one step further to validate what I’ve known all along: olive oil was key to my controlling, if not healing, my histamine intolerance. And if you remember, I also took olive leaf extract twice a day during the acute stage of my intolerance. I still have it in the house and take it occasionally when I think I need it.
This time last year I was coming to the end of my itching and suffering. And I credited olive oil for a great deal of my progress. Even to this day I put a tablespoon of olive oil in my smoothies every morning. And I still use it on my skin as a moisturizer.
I am thrilled to be able to share this information this morning. I’m going to go out later today and buy a bag-load of olives and eat them with abandon every day!
I am also so excited about what else I’ve discovered about what I think could be key to eliminating hot flashes. I was up half the night tossing and turning writing a post in my head. There is a huge connection between the hypothalamus, homocysteine, histamine intolerance, estrogen withdrawal, inflammation, and B vitamins. I spent three hours last night chasing the idea of elevated homocysteine around the internet. And it all started when I was researching the Asian diet and white rice…don’t ask.
I’ll have it all for you this weekend. In the meantime, go eat some olives!