Histamine is naturally made in our bodies and acts as a hormone and neuromodulator. Histamine has a number of important functions including immune function, allergic response, gastric acid secretion, sleep cycles, and regulates the release of other neurotransmitters and it is also found in many foods.
A person's total histamine load may depend on a number of factors including how quickly your body is making histamine, how quickly it is broken down, and how much you are consuming in your diet. Levels of histamine increase as vegetables ripen (ie. a green unripe tomato has less histamine than a red ripe tomato) and histamine levels are generally higher in fermented foods. Avoiding foods high in histamine may be helpful if it is suspected that high histamine levels are contributing to symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, rash, itching, headaches, etc.
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