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 dessert 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 a 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 bioflavonoid compound that has mast cell stabilizing (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 is 11 mg of luteolin.[ref] Parsley, oregano, thyme and celery are also high in luteolin.
Debbie Moon is the founder of Genetic Lifehacks. Fascinated by the connections between genes, diet, and health, her goal is to help you understand how to apply genetics to your diet and lifestyle decisions. Debbie has a BS in engineering and also an MSc in biological sciences from Clemson University. Debbie combines an engineering mindset with a biological systems approach to help you understand how genetic differences impact your optimal health.