How to Avoid the Histamine Headache

Wine is a pleasure that can cause headaches and often, allergy symptoms.

Happily, there’s a solution that makes things like red wine consumption much more enjoyable and less punishing.

There are many reasons for this punishment, as this paper outlines regarding histamine. Red wine is not only high in histamine as are tomatoes, chocolate, and strawberries but alcohol and its metabolite, acetaldehyde, does several things to make you miserable:

  • It causes histamine release in mast cells that line the gut. (upset stomach)
  • It competes for the enzyme that breaks down histamine metabolites (red cheeks; flushing)
  • It inhibits the DAO enzyme which breaks down histamine
  • It affects the brain’s ability to break down histamine (restless sleep)

Besides the histamine problem, alcohol is sugar, which messes with your detox pathways, causing hangovers to last longer.

Fortunately, I have found with both high histamine foods like my beloved chili, or an occasional glass of bourbon or red wine, taking two (2) GI Histamine Control capsules before consumption makes all the difference.

Here comes the inevitable precaution: They are re-evaluating studies that show alcoholic beverages are good for you, especially daily intake. It is better to drink in moderation: 1-2 times per week.

When that time comes where you just want a good glass of wine, not a bottle, then Gi Histamine Control should help you enjoy it to the fullest.

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