It’s that time of year when everyone seems to be forever hunting around for an antihistamine or a tissue to stop the sneezing. Pollen is everywhere and so are the stories about how to stop it.
From local honey to garlic or camomile tea, there’s plenty of ‘natural’ cures around for hay-fever, but this one, as reported by the Independent is, the best yet (in our opinion).
It has been proven by Asthma UK that alcohol worsens the symptoms of hayfever and asthma due to the triggering chemicals of histamine and sulphites.
These chemicals are commonly found in darker, fermented beverages like red wine or beer, but the study has found that gin and vodka have a relatively low histamine content. Gin in particular, due to its distillation process, doesn’t have any sulphites (unless the brand choose to put them in).
Food products that have been proven to be high in histamine levels include cured, smoked and tinned meats including bacon, salami and tuna. Cheeses like stilton, cheddar, camembert and parmesan are also high, whereas fresh meat and fish and younger cheeses like ricotta and mozzarella have much lower levels.