As some of you may know, freshly made vegetable juice, made with my beloved slow juicer, is one of my ways to keep my “histamine bucket” low. Or simply help my body get better if/when my “histamine bucket” overflows. And this one is made with the super potent anti inflammatory moringa oleifera.
The moringa oliefera gives it a beautiful deep green color. It has a some what bitter taste though, which I balanced out with some apples 🙂 So what is in this green antihistamine juice? And what makes it antihistamine?
So here are the ingredients for this Green Antihistamine Juice:
- Moringa oleifera – super potent anti-inflammatory herb
- Cucumber – great for hydration, anti-inflammatory, contains quercetine -> antihistamine
- Apples – contains quercetine -> antihistamine
- Celery – good for the blood vessels, liver and digestive tract (also contains quercetine -> antihistamine)
- Thyme – nutrient dense herb high in vitamin C (antihistamine) and a mast cell stabilizer
- Ginger – mast cell stabilizer
- Lemon (optional) – lemons are a histamine liberator, leave them out if lemons are a problem food for you
I often get the question why I choose to add lemon to my juices, even though it can act as a histamine liberator in the body. And for me there are multiple answers to that…. First of all I’m able to tolerate small amounts of lemon in my diet, and therefor add it in small amounts as a taste giver where I feel like it benefits the dish. So I add it to my juices, and use it when I’m cooking fish, among others. And like I said we are talking about small amounts here and always freshly squeezed lemon juice, not the kind that comes in a plastic bottle shaped like a lemon 😉 You have to find what works for you and keep exploring and trying to add things back into your diet as much as your body allows. And remember fresh lemon juice also has some wonderful health benefits.
Fresh moringa can be quiet difficult to find in stores, so you might need to order it online. I live in the Netherlands, and found a great place where they sell both fresh moringa leaves (only available part of the year) and dried moringa products. So for the people from the Netherlands (they deliver to Belgium and Germany too) Moringa’s finest is the place to get your moringa products.. For people in the US you can get them on Amazon, direct link here*. I haven’t been able to find a place that sells the fresh leaves in the UK or Australia, but if any of you out there knows of place, please share 🙂 It is however possible to buy whole plants/small trees to plant in your garden or in a big pot. Search around and find what the best option is for you.
If you can’t get a hold of fresh moringa leaves, you can either replace them with some watercress or some moringa oleifera leaf powder, which is widely available (links to moringa leaf powder here: US/Amazon.com and UK/Amazon.co.uk)*
*In all disclosure the links to amazon (US and UK) above are affiliate links, which means that if you click on to the product in question and buy it, I get a small commission. This will hopefully help me to cover some of the costs to running this blog. However, this does not cost you anything additional when you order through one of these links.Print
Green Antihistamine Juice with Moringa
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 10 mins
- Yield: 2 1x
- ca. 40 g fresh moringa oleifera leaves (about 5 branches)
- ca 250 g of celery (4–5 stalks)
- 1 cucumber
- 2 apples
- ca. 5 g fresh thyme (about a handful)
- 10 g of ginger
- 1/8 of a small lemon (optional)
- Clean and prepare all the ingredients according to the specs of your juicer. I removed the most woody part of the branches.
- Juice and enjoy ?
Kid approved too 😉
- 21 Anti-histamine Foods That Fight Inflammation And Stabilise Mast-Cells by Alison Vickery
- Evaluation of Moringa oleifera Aqueous Extract for Antinociceptive and Anti-Inflammatory Activities in Animal Models. M.R. Sulaiman, Z.A. Zakaria, A.S. Bujarimin, M.N. Somchit, D.A. Israf & S. Moin. Pharmaceutical Biology Vol. 46 , Iss. 12,2008
- Moringa Benefits Hormonal Balance, Digestion, Mood & More by Dr. Axe
- The worlds’s healthiest foods, http://www.whfoods.com/
Thanks, great recipe, but especially greatful for the link to buying fresh moringa!
I’m wondering ik the moringa freezes well, have you by any chance tried that?
And is there an advantage (looking at it’s effect on histamine) in (slow)juicing over blending these ingredients into a smoothie with some water?
Happy to hear that 🙂 I hope you’ll be able to get your hands on some of the fresh stuff :), where in the world do you live? About the freezing: I have four bags in the freezer, but i haven’t tried to use it yet, since I still have some of the fresh stuff in my refrigerator. But I will let you know how it went once I start using them (I plan to use them for smoothies). As for the smoothie vs juicing question, there are different advantages to both methods. Juicing: You can fit the nutrients of a larger amount of veggies and fruit in to one glass of juice compared to a glass of smoothie, and you should be able to absorb everything faster. Smoothies: By blending you still have all of the fibers. I personally don’t think one option is better than the other, and I juice as much as I blend 😉 But I feel that when my stomach is iffy due to histamine issues, my body clearly prefers the juice. I think this would make a great smoothie too. Also, I have a smoothie bowl with moringa recipe coming in 1-2 weeks.
I hope this answers all of your questions, and if you have more just give me a shout 🙂 And if you try this as a smoothie, I would love to know how it turns out 🙂
Thanks Tania, this does answer my questions. I use smoothies a lot, as they work better dan solid foods when my histaminelevel is too high, so it makes sense that juicing in that case would be an even less ‘burden’ for the body. I just don’t like the idea that so much of the food is not used by juicing… I’ll take it into consideration, maybe this will help me decide to try it 😉
I live in the Netherlands, so with your information I should be able to get the fresh moringa!
Nice to know that there are other people from the Netherlands out there 😉 May I ask how you found my site?
In terms of the food waste with the juicing, I felt the exact same when I started juicing a couple of years ago. I do save the pulp when I juice stuff like carrots and beets (sometimes also from apples). And add the pulp to different meals or baked good, for extra fiber (I freeze it down if i’m not using it right away ;)). That way not everything goes to waste 😉 If you google recipes with juice pulp there are a bunch of different ideas out there. I also have a couple of recipes in mind for sharing on the blog at some point.
Enjoy your fresh Moringa when you get it,
P.S. I have a lot of different ideas for smoothies on my instagram feed, if you need some inspiration 🙂
Note: I have been using the frozen moringa from my freezer in smoothies the last couple of weeks, and I must admit you don’t notice on the taste or the smell of the leaves that they have been frozen. They still look beautifully green, when you take them out of the freezer.
Hi there! I was recently diagnosed with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. Thankful to find your site 🙂 I really want to get into juicing and was wondering what juicer you have. I’m looking for a cold pressed juicer. Also, do you know if Moringa powder is low histamine?
Hi Samantha 🙂 I’m happy you are loving the site 😀 My juicer broke recently, so I had to buy a new one and ended up buying a relatively cheap masticating slow juicer from Lidl. Which has really positively surprised me 🙂 In my latest juice related blog post: “Anti-Inflammatory Pomegranate Juice” I added a juicer review plus a few links to juicers resembling mine 🙂 I hope this will help you choose the right juicer for you 🙂
In regards to the moringa powder! Fresh is of course always best. But I have no issue with the powder or the dried leafs what so ever. Choose a good organic brand without any weird conservatives, and it should be fine. If you are generally highly reactive to anything dried, be cautious.
If you have any further questions, just let me know 🙂 And I wish you a lot of success with your healing journey. Also if you have any requests for recipes, or ingredients just let me know 🙂 I love hearing from all of you guys 🙂
Thank you so much Tania! I’ll check out the juicer you reviewed. I definitely need to subscribe to your newsletter so I don’t miss anything 🙂
I made your nomato sauce last night and it was great! Can’t wait to try more of your recipes.
Definitely subscribe Samantha 😀 And great that you love the nomato sauce \o/ Did you see the lasagna recipe using the nomato sauce?
Also if you are missing any kind of recipes, please let me know! I really want to create recipes which all of you are longing for 🙂
I just found your site and so excited to try your recipes. I love the extra information you share about the foods. It’s so helpful to me and I’m trying to wrap my head about histamine intolerance (newly diagnosed). I can’t find fresh or powered moringa locally but I did find a liquid. Do you think this would be an acceptable replacement until I can order the powder? https://www.amazon.com/Bio-Nutrition-Moringa-Liquid-Fluid/dp/B00DRC9EJG
I’m happy to hear that you find the blog helpful…. I hope you’ll soon get a hang of things and find some relief from your symptoms. I took a look at the product you mentioned – and it has a few other ingredients as well which might be problematic like citric acid and raspberry flavor. If you are in the elimination phase I would buy this product. If you are in the phase where you are trying to reintroduce things, you could give it a try. Always listen to your body and yourself though 🙂
Great post? great recipe ?
I’d like to know if I can use dry moringa leaves?
You could try mixing the juice with moringa powder. Alternatively you can substitute the moringa with another antihistamine green like water cress (packs a real punch flavor wise, so go easy on it).