Eating a low histamine diet is a must if you want to have a chance at controlling, and hopefully eliminating the itching and hot flashes related to elevated histamine. I find using supplements is also a must to control the itching and flashes. I’ve never really believed in supplements before, having always read that it makes expensive pee, and that you should get all your nutrition from whole foods, but I could not have the quality of life I have now with this problem without them. I’ve always been into herbal medicine, and most of this is food derived, so I’ve come to terms with it all. Also, I am constantly refining my choices of supplements and adding foods that are antihistamine to help control this issue.
If you google supplements for histamine intolerance you’ll find the same few listed on many sites: Quercetin with Bromelain, Vitamin C, and Vitamin B6. I’ve also found Olive Leaf extract to be helpful. These are in addition to eating antihistaminic foods.
So the most popular supplements to take are:
Querecetin with Bromelain
Quercetin is found in the skins of many fruits and vegetables. Apples and red onions are a couple of examples. Of course the problem is you cannot eat enough apples to get the amount of Quercetin to help you control your problem.
I take anywhere between 1000 to 2000 mgs depending on the day I’m having. You can buy Quercetin without Bromelain, but the Bromelain is supposed to make the Quercetin more absorbable. I still don’t really understand because pineapple is high in histamine and that’s where Bromelain comes from, but I’ve taken it with only positive effects.
I recently read that Magnesium should be taken with Vitamin C, so I now take Magnesium Ascorbate instead of ascorbic acid. I think it has made a difference. If you can’t find magnesium ascorbate I would at least take an ascorbic acid powder rather than capsules or tablets. I personally think it works better. And by works I mean Vitamin C is an antihistamine, so during some itchy moments I’ve taken it to reduce itching and it seems to help.
I take about 1500 mgs of Vitamin C. Depending on what you read, some sources say don’t take more than 200 mgs and some say you can take 2000. Some people mega-dose up to twenty thousand, but I wouldn’t do that. You excrete the excess so you don’t really need to worry aout it building up in your system, but that still seems scary to me.
Olive Leaf Extract
This is fast becoming a favorite course of action. I started with a tincture but really like the capsule form, specifically the Gaia brand. I am not shilling for the brand, trust me. I just know it works for me. I can use it before I’m going to eat badly and it seems to really prevent an instant flare up. Olive leaf is an antioxidant and an anti viral. It works on cleaning up free radicals. It also strengthens immunity. I really want to read more about this. Histamine intolerance is a result of an over active immune system. That doesn’t mean it’s working better than it should it means it’s dysfunctional. And because Olive Leaf really works for me it bares more research in this direction.
I’ve been taking one capsule before bed at night but have started to use it more during the onset of a reaction and to prevent reactions.
I take a 500 mg Ginger capsule before bed also. Ginger is a known antihistamine. Quercetin works on supporting mast cells, Olive Leaf is an antioxidant and anti viral and ginger is an antihistamine. I use crystallized ginger for flare ups too. Often it works great. I can tolerate sugar though. If sugar is not good for you, avoid the crystallized ginger.
Proper levels of vitamin B6 is a must to promote the DAO enzyme, necessary in the control of histamine, to function properly. You can get too much B6 however which could be detrimental to your health, so I personally do not supplement with it. There are foods that are high in it. I am vegetarian and have taken a tablespoonful of Nutritional Yeast for years in my morning smoothie, so that’s how I get my fill of B vitamins. Pistachios are high in B6 too. Unfortunately they are high in histamine. Luckily, they are one of those things I can eat if I’ve been careful the rest of the day. So you might want to supplement with Vitamin B6. Just be careful.
My daily regimen
When I get up in the morning I have a glass of water and take a Quercetin with Bromelain capsule. Then I have a smoothie. After the smoothie I take a 100mg Coq10 (prophylactically for migraines) 2 Algal DHA capsules, about 800mg, for Omega 3s (I need to talk about this) 1000mg of Magnesium Ascorbate and a 500mg Ginger root capsule. I’ve recently added the Olive Leaf capsule to the rest of it too.
Then during the day, it completely depends on what my body is doing. Itching will bring out a Quercetin, but tomorrow I’ll probably try an Olive Leaf instead. I also drink ginger tea. If you do this make sure it’s only ginger. Don’t buy teas that have unidentified ingredients like flavor or color.
Before I go to bed at night, no matter what kind of day I’ve had, I take two 800mg Quercetin with Bromelain capsules, a 500mg Ginger capsule and a 450mg Olive Leaf capsule. After weeks and weeks of toying with supplements, it’s this combination that finally worked to eliminate hot flashes, insomnia, and itching at night.
All in all, eating a low histamine diet and finding the right supplements are my best advice to you to manage living with this new issue. I still hope that when my hormones settle down, my histamine issues will resolve, but I have not found anything in all my research that alludes to this. It just makes sense that it would, right?
I’m not going to get the chance right now to explain on this page the connection between olive oil and my healing, so search my site for olive oil to catch up on all the details. But I did want to take a minute to say that in addition to to the supplements listed, I now add a tablespoon of olive oil to my morning smoothie, and take a teaspoon of it right before bed with the rest of my supplements. I also make sure I apply it to my arms and legs at least once a day. My skin is soft and healed from all the scratching and hives, and I think it helps supplement the amount I get considering skin is the largest organ, and it absorbs what you put on it into your bloodstream.