Histidine (abbreviated as His or H) is one of the 20 most common natural amino acids present in proteins. It is also considered an essential amino acid.
Most often recognized as a precursor to the allergy symptom producing hormone histamine, both histidine and histamine have essential roles in the body beyond tormenting allergy sufferers.
Histamine is well known for its role in stimulating the inflammatory response of skin and mucous membranes such as those found in the nose – this action is essential in the protection of these barriers during infection.
Histamine also stimulates the secretion of the digestive enzyme gastrin. Without adequate histamine production healthy digestion can become impaired. Without adequate L-histidine stores, the body cannot maintain adequate histamine levels.