Not only is this shake low in histamines, but it is an excellent source of luteolin, a mast cell stabilizer. So for anyone wanting a delicious, summery desert option, grab your blender and some ice cream. I added some pea shoots for an extra boost of DAO enzyme.
Low-histamine Mint Shake
- Fresh peppermint – about 25 grams or two big handfuls
- 3/4 cup milk
- ice cream
- pea shoots (optional, natural source of DAO)
Blend together peppermint, milk and just one scoop of ice cream until smooth. Then add in several more scoops of ice cream and blend to milkshake consistency.
Now for the science…
Dr. Theoharis Theohardies is a leading researcher on mast cell disorders and has written several papers on natural options for blocking the release of histamines from mast cells. Much of his research and papers can be found on his website, www.mastcellmaster.com.
Luteolin is one bioflavinoid compound that has mast cell stabalizing (and thus anti-histamine releasing) properties. Additionally, some studies have shown that it inhibits the production of estrogen and is being studied in regards to breast cancer. [ref] Per 100 g of peppermint, there are 11 mg of luteolin. [ref] Parsley, oregano, thyme and celery are also high in luteolin.