Too much alcohol or too many biogenic amines?
Biogenic amines may be one of the factors responsible for symptoms such as headaches, gastro-intestinal disorders, shortness of breath, fall in blood pressure, and even unconsciousness and cardiac arrhythmia in severe cases.
Histamine, one of the best known members of this group, can cause serious physical problems.
Biogenic amines can be produced in the body by natural metabolic activities but are also ingested in larger quantities with food. They play a special role in microbiologically produced food such as wine, beer, cheese, and sauerkraut.
Metrohm has developed a method to quantify these amines via Ion Chromatography.