Food, Environment & Vinami

You don’t have to be a wine lover to benefit from Vinami.

The chemical compounds that people can react to in wine are commonly found in the foods you eat and the air you breathe. You can avoid wine, but you still need to eat and breathe!

The compounds that can trigger chemical intolerance include sulfites, phenolic compounds, aldehydes, prostaglandins, histamines, biogenic amines, fusel oils, methanol, acetone. These can cause a wide range of symptoms that can be debilitating if you are sensitive to them.

It can be difficult to determine what is triggering your symptoms. Symptoms of chemical intolerance or sensitivity are often confused for other health problems. People who have intolerance and sensitivity to two or more of these compounds can cause the patterns of symptoms to become more confusing.

Covered here are common patterns that can be triggered or complicated by food and environmental intolerance.


You don’t have to be a wine lover to benefit from Vinami.

Alcohol Flushing Response

Alcohol Flush Syndrome (Asian Glow) occurs in people who are deficient in acetaldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH2). Symptoms include red flushing of head, face, neck, shoulders and potentially entire body, headache, anxiety, nausea, increased heart rate, dizziness, itchy skin and fatigue.

Approximately 50% of people with Asian descent have the gene variant that results in deficient ALDH2, whereas it is rare in other populations.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

This syndrome is characteristic by fatigue, loss of memory or concentration, sore throat, widespread muscle and joint pain, headache, unrefreshing sleep, extreme exhaustion that is aggravated by physical and/or mental effort.

The systemic inflammation that can result from sensitivity to phenols, histamine, aldehydes, and prostaglandins can mimic or compound this syndrome.

Chronic Headaches

Sensitivity to phenols, histamine, tyramine, aldehydes, and prostaglandins are all potential triggers for headaches. Vinami is designed to improve tolerance to all of these triggers and in this way can help you control headaches resulting from  exposure to these compounds.

Chronic Systemic Inflammation/Chronic Pain

Chronic systemic inflammation can be a cause for chronic pain. There are many potential causes for systemic inflammation, but among them are chemical intolerance to phenols, histamine, aldehydes, and prostaglandins

Distilled Spirits Intolerance

The compounds that can trigger symptoms from scotch, whiskey, and rum are of essentially the same type – just of different proportion – as those found in wine.

Vinami can help you get back to the peaty, briney, fuller Scotch without suffering.


The symptom pattern of fibromyalgia includes widespread constant dull aching pain, fatigue, poor sleep and waking tired, foggy-headedness, depression, headaches and abdominal pain. This syndrome is often confused with other illnesses. Food and environmental intolerance is often confused for fibromyalgia or can contribute to the symptoms.

Histamine Intolerance/Mast Cell Activation Syndrome

Histamine Intolerance occurs when your body doesn’t regulate your production and breakdown of histamine properly. It is not an allergy. Symptoms include nausea, dizziness, headache, shortness of breath, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, muscle pain, rash/eczema/hives, skin redness, flushing, insomnia, fatigue, joint inflammation, and problems with memory and concentration. Vinami was formulated to improve histamine regulation and tolerance.

Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS)

This syndrome is be due to reactions exposure to naturally occurring and man-made chemicals through foods and aromatic chemicals that can be smelled in your environment.

Symptoms are non-specific and can be attributed to many conditions. Common symptoms are  fatigue/exhaustion, headaches, nausea, dizziness, inflammation of skin and joints, irritation of the throat sinuses and lungs, and intestinal problems.

Phenol Intolerance

Phenols are all around us – in our foods and in the air we breathe.

Foods that are naturally high in phenols include fruits and vegetables, nuts (especially walnuts), herbs and spices, coffee, tea, chocolate, wine, and beer. Food additives such as artificial food colourings and flavourings – are also phenols. Volatile organic compounds are phenols and can trigger symptoms from smell.

Phenol intolerance can trigger a wide range of symptoms that can include redness of  face  and ears, dark circles under the eyes, chronic fatigue in adults, “stomach” problems,  constipation and/or diarrhea, generalized aches and pains, insomnia, headache, diarrhea, excessive thirst, night sweats, and strong body odor.

In kids symptoms of phenol intolerance often include hyperactivity, aggressive behavior, self-injury behavior, inappropriate responses in conversation or social situations.