Loquat: A Powerful Antihistamine For Histamine Intolerance
Loquat (Eriobotrya Japonica), also known as Japanese plum, or nispero, is a really tasty fruit whose leaves have significant antihistamine, mast cell stabilising, and anti-inflammatory properties. Here’s where to find it, and how you might make use of it. Please remember even antihistamine foods can cause problems…
LOQUAT AS AN ANTIHISTAMINE FOODI grew up plucking nisperos straight from the trees in Spain. They’re unlike any fruit I’ve ever tasted: sweet, with a bit of sour, a lovely texture, but enormous pips. What a treat to find that the leaves of one of my favourite fruits prevents white blood cells called mast cells from releasing inflammation into the blood stream. Loquat leaves inhibit TNf-a, IL-6 and IL-8, which are all involved in the inflammatory process. Remember, inflammation release, when needed because we’re sick with an infection, or healing from surgery, is a wonderful thing. Inflammation because mast cells are inappropriately triggered by allergies, histamine in foods, or stress, however, is not something we want. Because mast cells also contain histamine, we want to make sure they remain as stable as possible, so we’re not adding more histamine to the equation. One way loquat works as an antihistamine is thanks to its abundant antioxidants. Read more about how antioxidants naturally found in foods act as antihistamines here. Loquat was also found to inhibit anaphylaxis in animal studies. Never, ever try this at home – I include this only as a clue to its antihistamine properties rather than as something to be tried. We’re all different and animal studies frequently don’t translate to humans.
- Improves liver function
- Improves lung function
- Protects the kidneys by increasing glutathione (an antioxidant found in broccoli)
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