Histidine is an essential amino acid required for growth and tissue repair, blood cell production, and creation of the neurotransmitter histamine. Histidine can even help protect tissues from damage caused by radiation or heavy metals. (1)
High histidine foods include pork, beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, fish, soy, beans, milk, cheese, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and eggs. (2) The recommended daily intake of histidine is 10mg per kilogram of body weight or 4.5mg per pound. A person weighing 70kg (~154 pounds) should consume around 700mg of histidine per day. (3)
Below is a list of the top 10 foods highest in histidine with the %RDI calculated for someone weighing 70kg (154lbs). For more high histidine foods see the extended list of histidine-rich foods.