Do you react to fermented foods, chocolate and wine? It could be amines..

When you’re having reactions to seemingly un-related food items it can be difficult to pin-point what is causing your symptoms and to find the connection between them. But what if what you’re reacting to is a natural food chemical?

What are amines?

Biogenic amines (food amines) are naturally occurring chemicals that are caused by the bacteria that break down amino acids. They’re particularly high in foods that are overly ripe, over cooked, grilled/charred, processed, fermented or decomposing.

Some common amines found in foods include:

  • Tyramine – high in aged and fermented foods, such as aged cheeses, and cured/smoked meats and fish.
  • Histamine – watch out for fermented foods and beverages (like wine, beer and sauerkraut), cured meats and foods that contain vinegar.
  • Phenylethylamine – found in chocolate, nuts and legumes, meat seafood and poultry.
  • Polyamines - high in wheat germ, rice bran, intestine, liver and some nuts.

How can you develop a sensitivity?

Amines are usually broken down by monoamine oxidase-A (MOA) enzymes found in the gut, intestine and liver. But, they can build up in the body if these enzymes are depleted, blocked or sluggish due to underlying conditions like leaky gut or histamine intolerance, sparking allergy symptoms in sensitive people.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of amine sensitivity will vary from person to person – it depends on the amount you eat and your overall tolerance.

Watch out for:

What to do?

Amines are a naturally occurring chemical in many foods and can not be removed from food by boiling or any other cooking method. So, how can you manage your reactions to them?

  • Keep a food diary – if you suspect sensitivity to amines, keep a log of what you eat and drink. Watch for a pattern of foods that may be sparking your symptoms.
  • Support your gut health – being susceptible to developing allergies and sensitivities can come about from gut conditions like leaky gut and histamine intolerance – so supporting gut health with healing herbs, supplements and probiotics can help address the underlying cause.

Try PAT -

At HWA, we perform a natural allergy treatment called Positive Association Technique (PAT), which may help reduce your reactions and help manage the symptoms.

PAT is a non-invasive holistic therapy, which:

  • draws on acupressure and kinesiology techniques
  • aims to re-train your body
  • may reduce your reactions to food and environmental substances that may be causing or exacerbating your symptoms

This blog is intended as general information only. PAT cannot diagnose or cure allergies – it is intended to decrease reactions and help manage symptoms. It is not intended to raise unrealistic expectations. If symptoms persist, consult your GP.

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