The importance of protein in a histamine intolerant diet: Understanding its benefits and limitations

The importance of protein in a histamine intolerant diet: Understanding its benefits and limitations

Protein is a vital nutrient that is essential for the human body to function properly. It is a building block for muscles, bones, skin, hair, and nails. But for people with histamine intolerance, choosing the right type and amount of protein can be a challenge. In this blog, we'll discuss the role of protein in a histamine intolerant diet and its importance for the body.

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8 benefits of adding protein into your diet:

  1. Protein helps to repair and rebuild tissues: After injury or surgery, protein is needed to repair damaged tissues and promote healing.

  2. Supports immune function: Protein is crucial for the immune system, as it helps to produce antibodies to fight off infections and diseases.

  3. Maintains fluid balance: Protein helps regulate fluid balance in the body, which is important for blood pressure regulation and kidney function.

  4. Promotes healthy bones: Protein is needed for bone health, as it helps to maintain bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

  5. Regulates hormones: Some hormones, such as insulin, are made from proteins, so it's important to consume enough protein to help regulate hormone levels in the body.

  6. Supports muscle mass: Protein is essential for building and maintaining muscle mass, especially as we age.

  7. Helps with weight management: Protein is more satiating than carbohydrates and fats, which can help with weight management.

  8. Improves cognitive function: Some studies have shown that consuming adequate amounts of protein can improve cognitive function, including memory and attention.

It's important to note that some proteins can trigger histamine intolerance symptoms in some individuals, so it's essential to be mindful of the type and amount of protein consumed. Foods high in histamine and histamine-releasing substances, such as fermented foods and processed meats, should be avoided. Good protein sources for histamine intolerant individuals include eggs, dairy-free milks, and certain types of fish.

Can I take protein powder if I have histamine intolerance?

Yes! Just because you have histamine intolerance doesn’t mean you can’t have protein powders. It is important to look at your diet, and see what food source you are getting your protein from.

There are different types of proteins derived from difference sources such as plant protein i.e. soybeans, fava beans, green peas, rice, potatoes and hemp. And animal protein such as egg whites, milk (casein or whey protein).

We recommend looking at your histamine diet and seeing what you don’t react to. Have you found you are fine eating peas or beans? Then maybe a good plant based protein would suit you. Or maybe, you are fine with eggs and milk, then maybe a well-rounded whey or casein protein which is easy to digest is right for you. It is important when having histamine intolerance or histamine overload that we take a close eye on our protein intake, especially when we are going through an elimination diet.

In conclusion, protein is a crucial nutrient for the human body and its importance should not be underestimated, especially for individuals with histamine intolerance. By understanding the role of protein in the body and choosing the right type and amount, histamine intolerant individuals can improve their health and wellbeing.

Reach out to our healthcare team and find out how we can support and offer some friendly advice and support on your histamine journey.

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