For anyone looking for histamine control supplements, here’s the first wave of my own experience with re-building my gut flora and bringing down my histamine.
BAD – cause (or may cause–do your research!) histamine to be released in the body:
- Lactobacillus casei – I have been taking PB8 which has 8 strains, one of which is this one. I wonder how much pain this has caused me!
- Lactobacillus bulgaricus – typical in yogurt
- L. reuteri should be avoided. (conflict with Yasmina’s below)
- Lactobacillus delbrueckii
GOOD – lower histamine:
- Bifido infantis The infantis is found in infants’ intestines and help to lower histamine in the body.
- Bifido longum species helps to repair leaky gut.
- Lactobacillus plantarum
ALSO GOOD Yasmina said: "So here are some of the strains that my wonderful research scientist friend Katerina has found that are particularly beneficial for both histamine intolerance and leaky gut/intestinal permeability:" https://healinghistamine.com/how-histamine-causes-leaky-gut/
- Lactobacillus rhamnosus 19070-2
- L reuteri DSM 12246
- bifidobacteria infantis (B. infantis) 35624
- Lacto. salivarius (per Ben Lynch)
- Lacto. plantarum (per Ben Lynch)
Yasmina of HealingHistamine.com has been using and promoting Seeking Health Priobiota Bifido which contains:
- Bifidobacterium bifidum
- Bifido longum – the only of the 4 mentioned above.
- Bifido lactis
- Bifido breve
Seeking Health Probiota HistaminX – this one is developed by Dr. Ben Lynch (Dirty Genes). As you can see, this formula has the 4 Bifido strains found in the Probiota Bifido, but it also includes B. infantis and two other lacto. strains.
- B. infantis
- B. bifidum (important in vagina)
- B. longum
- Lacto. salivarius
- Lacto. plantarum
- B. lactis
- B. breve
In June 2016, I had a stool test by Genova Diagnostics called GI Effects. I was fine on pretty much everything, except: I had nearly zero good bacteria (Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium)! Why would this be? Well, I had stopped eating fermented foods of all kinds due to the reactions I had to them, and because I knew I was allergic to yeast. I had also been dairy free for a few years. I started on probiotics, and switched to PB8 for about a year, which contained one or two of the histamine-creating strains. I started taking Probiota HistaminX on Dec 14, 2017. I took the Probiota HistaminX for three months and stuck to my low histamine diet and regimen. I went on vacation in March 2018 to an Orlando theme park. Over the course of a week, I ate several foods including ice cream and several meals that would normally cause me some high histamine discomfort. I even drank a glass of red wine! I was amazed at how well I was able to tolerate all of that. I believe it was some part or combination of this probiotic, low histamine diet, as well as a few weeks of keto-diet and caloric restriction. I am not quitting the Probiota HistaminX any time soon! I take one or two capsules per day and…
Drink no chlorinated water. I try very hard to drink the best water I can at all times, including no fountain sodas made with tap water. For my home water filtration, I use reverse osmosis.
ALSO GOOD– SBOs:
Chris Kresser also said: "… soil-based organisms like Prescript-Assist, which I like for many other reasons. This is another reason that I like it. There’s not a lot of research on this, but my experience is that soil-based organisms tend to be neutral or even histamine-degrading. They tend to be tolerated pretty well by people with histamine issues."
I would like to experiment in the future with SBOs, but I haven’t even begun to find a product that is SBO-only. I would be checking products to make sure they don’t have the strains of lacto or bifido that produce histamine.