No, alcohol is not low histamine. While different types of alcohol contain different levels of histamine, alcohol itself is a so-called histamine liberator, meaning that it provokes the release of histamine and/or blocks its degradation. In this case, alcohol (also called ethanol) directly competes with histamine for use of diamine oxidase (DAO) in order to be cleared from your system. This means that anyone dealing with DAO Deficiency will have a “bad reaction” to any alcohol, including wine, beer, cider, and liquors of all sorts.
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