Part of my healing process is including herbs and other foods daily that help fight inflammation and stabilise my mast cells naturally, they have been a big part in making me feel better and calming down my pecan savage reactions. I have created a list below of foods that I use to help me feel better. I shall add this to the “useful info” page, which is at the top of my site.
Onions (including spring onions) are nice and nutritious and also a prebiotic, they are high in quercetin and have been shown to inhibit histamine release and stabilise mast cells.
Like onions, garlic is very nutritious, a prebiotic and also high in anti-oxidants. Garlic has been shown to inhibit histamine release from mast cells.
Watercress is considered one of the most nutrient dense plants commonly available; it is a cruciferous vegetable that has a peppery tangy taste. A study showed that watercress inhibits 60% of all histamines released from mast cells.
Sweet potato is high in histamine lowering rutin and quercetin. Also possesses significant anti-inflammatory and anti-ulcerogenic action.
Fennel is anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, analgesic and anti-oxidant.
Kale is highly anti-inflammatory and has cancer prevention potential.
Courgette is anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcerogenic and inhibits potential antihistaminic activity.
Butternut squash suppresses IgE antibody production. Also possesses anti ulcer, anti-inflammatory and antidepressant action.
Beetroot reduces histamine induced inflammation and help clear up arthritic inflammation. It acts as an antihistamine/H1 receptor antagonist.
Thyme is a nutrient dense herb. It has high levels of vitamin c, combined with flavonoids that stabilise mast cells. It also has anti microbial benefits. I use thyme in most meals that I cook as it really helps me feel better.
Tarragon has a nice anise flavour. It is one of the highest anti-oxidant food sources amongst herbs. A study shows that it stabilises mast cells.
The flavonoids in peppermint have been found to have a potent inhibitory effect on histamine from mast cells. It is also effective for allergic rhinitis.
Parsley repairs damage to the mucosal lining of the stomach and prevent histamine release. It’s also anti-inflammatory and can repair liver damage.
Basil is a potent anti-inflammatory herb.
Coriander is a mast cell stabiliser and natural painkiller.
Oregano inhibits histamine release and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Ginger is able to inhibit allergic reactions. It has traditionally been used as a H2 inhibitor but a study showed that it also acts a mast cell stabiliser
Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. A study found that it inhibited mast cell activation.
Saffron is a H1 receptor antagonist and is also anti-inflammatory.
Apples are rich in histamine lowering quercetin and inhibit the development of allergies.
Pomegranates have a sweet but tart taste and are used in both savory and sweet foods. They are high in anti-oxidants and a study showed that they act as mast cell stabilisers.