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Re: MAOI diet short list LLL

Posted by jsarirose on July 22, 2002, at 10:41:32

In reply to Re: MAOI diet short list, posted by LLL on July 22, 2002, at 10:02:07

Please do post if you get a response.

When I see conflicting reports I always look at the date and go with the later one. Usually, it is an item they thought was not allowed and then they realize it's fine.

I've never heard of raspberries causing any trouble and I've eaten fresh raspberries, frozen raspberries, and raspberry jam. Judging from my reaction to other items I would guess I'm a "rapid metabolizer".

And I believe the same is true with peanuts except in very high quantities. I've successfully eaten more peanut butter & jelly sandwiches than I care to admit (and I use pure ground peanuts and don't put it on sparsely).

Some things, like chocolate, do contain tyramine in studies but in practicality you would have to consume so much it really would be difficult to get a reaction. They still tend to include them on the 'use in small quantities' lists though.

There is a list on the web of actual tyramine content in a variety of foods. Here's one (I've seen others but can't find any good ones right now): http://www.migraene.dk/Engelsk/triggers/Tyraminmigr%C3%A6ne-english.htm

General rule of thumb, I believe, is greater than 6mg/serving is a no no, while less than that is allowable in increasing moderation as it nears 6mg.

Another stat for you: A person (not on MAOI) can safely ingest 100mg of tyramine. As the amount increases their blood pressure will increase. 400-500mg causes hypertension. Taking an MAOI causes a 50-fold effect on tyramine levels, hence 6mg of tyramine = 300mg for a "normal" person.
(Paraphrased from a couple sites, including: http://nepenthes.lycaeum.org/Drugs/Misc/maoidisc.html)

-Jessica


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