Low Histamine Coffee for MCAS (Also Mold Free Coffee)
Coffee in the morning used to be one of the highlights of my day. Unfortunately, neither low histamine coffee nor mold free coffee were on my radar back then.
The high histamine coffee I was drinking was adding to my Mast Cell Activation and Histamine Intolerance symptoms.
And I became really overstimulated by caffeine.
If caffeine had been the only problem, you’d think switching to a decaffeinated coffee would help.
But even decaf bothered me. Turns out that many forms of decaf coffee aren’t really caffeine-free. Decaf coffee still contains caffeine.
Then there was the issue of coffee adding to my histamine levels. I hoped that taking a supplement like the histamine-degrading enzyme, diamine oxidase (DAO), would allow me to still have coffee.
I wasn’t ready to give it up! Can you relate?
I’ve been a bit of a foodie most of my life. Coffee was no exception.
I always loved the roasty-rich aroma. Adding cream and sugar made it heaven.
Roasty, creamy, sweet coffee was the best way to start my day.
I also enjoyed stopping by new coffee houses to try whatever magical blend they had that day.
But the DAO just wasn’t enough. I was still having reactions. But it wasn’t just histamine that was causing problems.
Mold Free Coffee & Low Histamine Coffee
I found out that there was an even bigger problem with most coffees out there… Mold.
Yuck! Mold Toxicity is the #1 root cause of MCAS we see in the Mast Cell 360 practice. It was one of my own root causes!
If you have Mold Toxicity, you definitely don’t need more mold exposure through your drinks. That can lead to more histamine release and mast cell activation.
I wondered if I could ever have coffee again.
I’m so glad I didn’t have to give coffee up for good!
However, it did take me a while to find a low histamine, mycotoxin free coffee.
(Mycotoxins are the toxins from mold.)
Have you been missing coffee?
If so, guess what? I’m going to share a secret with you today.
There is a:
- Mold-free coffee
- Low histamine coffee
- Low acid coffee
- Organic coffee
- 99% decaf coffee
I’ve been drinking this coffee for years with no problems at all. It’s a regular part of my low histamine diet.
But first, let’s look at why you want to be careful with most brands of coffee out there.
Problems with Toxins in Most Coffee
Those of us with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or Histamine Intolerance already have a hard time detoxing.
And most coffee is unfortunately full of toxins. A few toxins that can be found in coffee are the following:
This mold toxin is harmful to the kidneys, liver, and immune system. It is produced by a few types of molds found on raw or “green” coffee beans.
This mold toxin often comes from collecting rotting coffee beans. It can also come from using unhealthy fermentation processes.
TIP: Remember that anything that’s fermented is typically a high histamine food.
You’ll read more on mold and coffee in a little. Let’s look at the next toxin.
A naturally-occurring chemical found in a variety of cooked, baked, or fried foods such as french fries, breads, cookies, chips, and coffee.
Acrylamide develops during the “browning” process. It is linked to cancer in animal studies.
This is also found in green coffee beans. Aflatoxin B-1 is carcinogenic, immune suppressive and can cause liver disease.
The coffee roasting process can create acrylamide. It can also destroy it. And it can all happen in the same batch of coffee. But it doesn’t necessarily balance out.
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)
These are burned compounds that can be present in any food that is roasted.
PAHs increase inflammation in the body. They are linked to cancer and cardiovascular disease. When coffee roasters use high temperatures, those high temps can form PAHs.
These are often present in the finished coffee bean. This is because most coffee is heavily sprayed with pesticides as it’s grown.
Of all coffee beans produced worldwide, 97% are treated with pesticides and other chemicals.
That means only 3% of the coffees available today are made from organic coffee beans.
And of that 3%, it is difficult to monitor if those organic growers are really doing a good job at keeping it organic.
Research suggests that roasting doesn’t really get rid of these pesticides either.
Next, let’s go back to mold on coffee beans.
Mold Free Coffee
You may know that mold is a HUGE issue for Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or Histamine Intolerance.
And mold is a BIG issue you have to consider when it comes to coffee.
First of all, coffee is grown in warm, moist climates. This makes it an ideal place for mold to thrive.
After the coffee beans are picked from the tree, they go to production. And a lot of things can go wrong during coffee production. Often production results in a mold of some sort.
Yeast and bacteria are also often used to naturally process the coffee after picking.
Third-party test results show yeast and bacteria residues are often left on the green, pre-roasted coffee beans.
These yeasts and bacteria may also stay on the processing equipment. This can contaminate the next batch.
In one study, 19 out of 23 green coffees contained mold when lab tested by a third-party.
Green coffee mold is an industry problem.
In one third-party test, mold was found to be growing in green coffee beans in 46 brands!
Mold is one of the biggest triggers of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. Mold creates all kinds of issues for mast cells and the rest of the body.
Related Article: How To Detox Your Body from Mold Gently with MCAS
Mold releases the mycotoxins that cause the Mast Cells to become defensive. As a result, mast cells release histamine and a lot of other chemicals that can cause a ton of health issues.
Too much histamine release and Mast Cell Activation Syndrome can cause many problems. You can read a list of Mast Cell symptoms here.
Finding Histamine Friendly Coffee
What makes Purity Coffee different for people with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or Histamine Intolerance?
Purity Coffee is free of histamine, mold, and pesticides. It is also low in acid.
And it has been tested and found to be free of mold and mycotoxins. It is possible to have ZERO mold in roasted coffee!
The green coffee beans are also third-party tested to make sure they are free of toxins like Ochratoxin A and Aflatoxin.
So, it doesn’t trigger mast cells or cause histamine issues.
Here’s a breakdown of some of the advantages of Purity Coffee.
Purity Coffee isn’t fermented, so it doesn’t raise histamine levels.
Purity Coffee double checks for pesticides, even though they only buy certified organic coffee beans. They actually test for 310 different chemicals that can be found in coffee to make sure Purity Coffee is free of these.
The smokeless coffee roasting machines ensure low levels of PAHs and acrylamides, which we talked about before.
So, Purity Coffee doesn’t have those inflammation-triggering chemicals from high heat and smoke that could be causing your histamine reaction.
And you don’t have to worry about contaminants.
This is what makes Purity organic coffee one of the healthiest coffees for MCAS and Histamine Intolerance.
Next, take a look at coffee and histamine.
Is Coffee High In Histamine?
It depends on how it is processed and any additives.
If your coffee has:
- Natural sweeteners
- Artificial sweeteners
- Been fermented
It may cause a histamine reaction.
But Purity Coffee guarantees these aren’t there. Depending on your needs, you may have some other questions.
Is Coffee Low FODMAP?
Purity Coffee is low FODMAP.
So it may be better for you if you struggle with:
Is Coffee High in Oxalates?
The good news is no! Purity Coffee is low oxalate.
Oxalates can be behind several health issues.
Oxalates can contribute to kidney stones, for example.
And if you are struggling with Mold Toxicity, here’s something important to know. Mold toxins clog up the same pathways that process oxalates.
Concerned about Lectins and Salicylates?
In addition to all the great things you’ve already read, Purity Coffee has zero lectins.
Only decaf is low salicylate. The other 3 blends are not low salicylate.
Now you now that Purity is:
- Mold free coffee
- Low histamine coffee
- Low FODMAP coffee
- Low oxalate coffee
- Low lectin coffee
- and decaf is low salicylate
Here’s one other benefit of Purity Coffee. Read about that next.
Low Acid Coffee
If you’ve had issues with coffee and an “acidic stomach,” Purity Coffee may work much better for you.
The reasons may surprise you!
Studies so far have not connected acidity nor caffeine with stomach discomfort or reflux.
Coffee is about as acidic as watermelon (5 to 5.5 pH). That’s about in the middle of the pH scale. The lower the number, the higher the acidity.
So, if it was the acidity, tomato (about 4.3 pH) or orange juice (about 3.7 pH) would be more of a problem leading to “acidic stomach”.
Further, decaf coffee caused the same issues as caffeinated coffee in studies. So, it’s not the caffeine that’s behind acidic stomach either.
In other research, different coffees produced different results. The type of coffee, the roast, and the brewing method could make a difference.
Could it be the quality? There’s reason to believe so. After all, toxins, molds, and pesticides are common in low quality coffee.
Coffee that has been sitting on supermarket shelves for a long time could also be a problem. This will raise histamine levels even further.
Add to that, coffee has its own natural oils that can become rancid over time. Rancid oils can form toxins and are bad for the body.
Coffee that is either old (and is high histamine) or that is full of toxins may cause stomach upset.
Purity Coffee is different, though. Because it is USDA organic and toxin-free.
If you’ve had problems with coffee in the past, but love coffee, Purity Coffee is worth a try.
Related Article: Are Coffee Enemas Safe for Mast Cell Activation Syndrome?
Lowest Decaf Coffee
And if you’re working on your sleep or you feel decaf is safer to start with, Purity Coffee has a 99.9% decaf coffee.
Most decaf brands still can have some caffeine.
So, with most coffee, a cup after dinner isn’t a good idea, due to the effects of caffeine. It can keep you up at night or make you jittery.
Additionally, most decaf coffee uses a toxic chemical extraction (methylene chloride) to remove the caffeine.
More toxins! This is something you want to avoid. Especially if you have Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or Histamine Intolerance.
Purity Coffee is different though.
Purity Coffee uses the Swiss Water Process to decaffeinate their beans, instead. This is much safer.
This method manages water, temperature, and exposure time to gradually remove the caffeine. It is about a 10-hour process, which is why a lot of coffee companies don’t want to use this safer process.
A great benefit of the Swiss Water Process is that no added harsh chemicals (like methylene chloride) are used.
Plus, this method leads to a better flavor in the finished cup.
Decaf Purity Coffee is a great place to start if you want to bring coffee back into your life.
But, if you are used to drinking caffeinated coffee, their regular coffee is very good as well.
TIP: Because anyone with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or Histamine Intolerance can react to anything, slowly try new foods and beverages.
Purity Coffee Review on Taste
Now, you are probably wondering how the taste compares.
Granted, it has been a while since I drank conventional coffee. But this foodie gal thinks that Purity Coffee is really delicious.
I’ve also shared it with my friends who don’t worry about low histamine and mold free coffee. They drink Starbucks or the store bought brands. They thought the Purity Coffee was really good too!
It’s a lot more affordable than other brands of specialty grade, mold-free coffee like bulletproof coffee or other organic coffee brands.
Health Benefits of Purity Coffee
Sometimes, coffee is thought of as junk food rather than a health food.
But some coffees have really great health benefits for your wellness! You need low histamine coffee and mold free coffee to not negate the positive.
And the great news is, if you tolerate coffee, Purity Coffee can deliver health benefits without triggering flares of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or Histamine Intolerance.
Again, that’s because it is low-histamine, mold free, and chemical-free. (It’s also paleo and keto friendly!)
Here’s a quick summary of the benefits.
Purity Coffee has:
- High antioxidants
- Inflammation-lowering properties
- Brain protective properties
Let’s look at these one by one…
Purity Coffee is High in Antioxidants
Antioxidants are good at healing things for the body.
Purity Coffee is very high in these types of antioxidants:
- Chlorogenic acids
- Ferulic acid
Let’s look at how these antioxidant properties support your health.
Chlorogenic acid is often taken as a supplement in the form of green coffee extract.
Studies show chlorogenic acid can help lower inflammation. It can also help protect nerve cells from damaging stress.
When you drink coffee, this chlorogenic acid gets changed in your gut into ferulic acid.
Ferulic acid helps increase glutathione levels. Glutathione helps you detoxify mold and chemicals. It also fights inflammation.
The flavonoids in brewed coffee include the same ones found in green tea: epicatechin and epigallocatechin. These are often taken as supplements.
But did you know coffee also contains quercetin? Quercetin has many health benefits, including antihistamine and mast cell supporting properties.
Purity Coffee May Lower Inflammation
According to research, drinking coffee can lead to a longer lifespan.
Even one cup of coffee a day over 4 years could reduce the risk of dying over that time by 16%, according to research.
In studies where people drank 2 to 3 cups of coffee each day, the risk of death was 19% lower.
This is likely due to coffee’s ability to lower inflammation, reduce insulin resistance, and protect the brain over time.
And this even applies to decaf.
There are hundreds of compounds in coffee (regular and decaf) that may promote good health. Here are a few more:
- Deterpenes – such as cafestol and kahweol
- Polyphenols – including chlorogenic acids, caffeic acid, and other free radical reducing compounds
- Magnesium – up to 7mg per cup!
- Chlorogenic acids
Coffee is actually the major source of chlorogenic acids in the standard American diet. A typical cup provides 70-350 mg /100 ml of it.
This leads to the next point.
Purity Coffee is Brain Protective
Again, chlorogenic acids help lower inflammation and protect nerve cells against damage from stress.
Coffee can also lower your risk of developing diabetes.
A study of decaf coffee found that 3 to 4 cups of coffee each day reduced risk for type 2 diabetes 30%.
Truly pure whole bean coffee has the potential for being:
- Anti-tumor (anti-cancer, especially colon, prostate, and liver cancers)
- Anti-allergenic (in cell studies)
- Brain health-improving
These effects have been seen in cell, animal, and human studies.
A cell study on low-grade green coffee and brewed coffee even showed some anti-allergenic potential.
My Purity Coffee review is two thumbs up for health benefits and taste!
Purity Coffee Review of Blends
Purity specializes in these 4 types of healthy coffee for you to enjoy.
Most sensitive people do best with CALM: Decaf until they recover their health.
CALM: Decaf uses a chemical-free natural water process that removes 99.9% of caffeine. That also retains high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
EASE: Dark Roast is high in antioxidants. It’s lower in acidity and has prebiotic benefits ideal for supporting gut health and overall wellness.
If you are further along on your health journey, you may enjoy some of Purity’s Caffeinated blends.
FLOW: Medium Roast is high in antioxidants.
Like all of their blends, it’s USDA Organic Certified, Smithsonian Bird Friendly, and Rainforest Alliance Certified.
PROTECT: Light-Medium Roast is sourced and roasted specifically for liver care, metabolic vitality and the highest level of antioxidant activity.
This one contains more Chlorogenic Acid Lactones (CGA) of all Purity coffees. CGA have antioxidant activity and may have positive effects on the brain.
How to Drink Low Histamine Coffee
You’ll want to avoid the typical sweeteners in coffee if you don’t like it black.
Some of my favorite low histamine foods to add into my Purity Coffee are:
- Coconut milk – A great substitute for high histamine milks (both plant milks and dairy). Be sure to get a brand without gums like guar gum or xanthan gum.
- Monk fruit – Use a pinch of this sweetener to make your coffee a little sweet.
- Stevia – Use 1 drop of this plant based sweetener to sweeten your coffee.
Some of my clients like to add MCT oil for a boost of healthy fats. You’ll often see people who are eating keto do this, too. It doesn’t really change the flavor.
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Be sure to use a plastic-free coffee maker like the glass Chemex pour over coffee maker.
You may also be interested in their Pocket Purity bags. These are ground coffee bags that are single serve coffee sachets.
Pocket Purity is more sustainable than K-Cups, but just as easy! It’s quick, clean coffee without the plastic. Keurig machines are also notorious for growing mold.
These work well for those who don’t have a coffee grinder or who have intense pain or fatigue that means they need some shortcuts in their routine.
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When it comes to coffee, there’s one more thing that comes up a lot in our community.
Can you use Purity Coffee for coffee enemas? Why Purity Coffee instead of others for coffee enemas for people with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or Histamine Intolerance?
A Note on Coffee Enemas
Coffee enemas can help with detoxification.
We know that a congested liver can be a problem for Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Histamine Intolerance.
Coffee enemas help detoxify the liver and get rid of bile buildup. This happens by helping bile move into the colon. The colon is then able to help the body get rid of toxins.
However, coffee enemas tend to be too strong for the more sensitive population.
Let me know in the comments if you’d like me to do a post on coffee enemas in the new year!
But if you’re curious, a coffee enema given through the rectum helps you instantly absorb the nutrients in coffee.
The antioxidants and other beneficial compounds are absorbed through the colon and sent to the liver via the hepatic portal vein.
These compounds support liver detoxification and bile productions.
These nutrients flow directly to the liver within seconds.
The liver responds by dumping toxins through the bile duct, into the small intestine, and eventually into the bowels.
Some people also find them calming because coffee enemas can turn up parasympathetic nervous system signaling and stimulate the Vagus nerve.
After holding, you release the coffee solution along with bowel waste products (including toxins from the liver.)
A high quality and healthy coffee will clean the liver out.
However, a lower quality (high toxin) coffee will worsen problems in the liver and colon.
Organic, chemical-free, mold-free, and low histamine coffee by Purity will enhance liver detoxification. And if you are doing coffee enemas, you want to use something that is chemical-free, mold-free, and low histamine.
Lowering your toxic load and optimizing liver function is a big deal for healing. Let me know in the comments below if you’d like to learn more about coffee enemas.
After all, toxicity is one of the 7 root causes underlying Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Histamine Intolerance.
Best Deal on Purity Coffee
Purity Coffee is the premier source of low histamine coffee that’s also mold free. I hope you enjoy some!
If you tend to be hypersensitive and aren’t sure if it will work for you, try 5 cups for only $5.
Not sure if it will work for you?
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More Low Histamine Drinks
- Pumpkin Spice Drink – low lectin, low oxalate, low FODMAP
- Elderflower Sparkling Wine Cocktail (plus Mocktail option) – low FODMAP, low lectin, low oxalate
- Tulsi Rose Tea – low lectin, low oxalate, low FODMAP
- Meat Broth – low lectin, low oxalate, low FODMAP, low salicylate
- Iced Hibiscus Tea
- Lower Histamine Wine Options
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