Alcohol Flush ReactionAlcohol Flush Reaction is a visual indicator of high accumulation of acetaldehyde. It occurs when those with ALDH2 Deficiency drink alcohol.
Essential AD2 is the only product clinically proven for Alcohol Flush Reaction
Essential AD2 fights Alcohol Flush Reaction by reducing the accumulation of acetaldehyde in the body. By doing so, Essential AD2 protects from the damage acetaldehyde causes while also reducing the symptoms of Alcohol Flush Reaction.
What is Alcohol Flush Reaction?
Alcohol Flush Reaction is the simplest way a person can tell if he or she has ALDH2 Deficiency. Alcohol Flush Reaction is a series of negative physical symptoms that occur when drinking alcohol. In addition to intense red flushing of the face and skin, other symptoms include headache, overheating, dizziness, nausea, increased heart rate, and increased hangover. These symptoms are all caused by highly elevated acetaldehyde levels.
When alcohol is consumed, it is broken down into acetaldehyde, a toxic compound that is the cause of many of the negative effects of drinking alcohol. Those with ALDH2 Deficiency cannot break down acetaldehyde properly, and so it accumulates in the body, causing the symptoms of Alcohol Flush Reaction. Acetaldehyde levels can reach 10-20 that of an individual with normal ALDH2. Acetaldehyde causes damage to DNA and proteins, leading to inflammation and redness of the skin.
Is it the same as Asian Flush or Asian Glow?
Alcohol Flush Reaction is commonly referred to as Asian Flush or Asian Glow. It is often called this because ALDH2 Deficiency is most commonly found in people of East Asian descent, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Filipino, and more. However, ALDH2 Deficiency also occurs in other ethnicities.
Health vs. "The Mask" - Why misuse of antacid products does more harm than good
Some people take antacid products before drinking to avoid the redness of Alcohol Flush Reaction. While this can reduce redness, it does not reduce the build-up of acetaldehyde, and can actually cause harm. Antacid products are not meant to be taken while consuming alcohol, and used together can cause damage to the stomach lining and lead to ulcers. Continually taking antacids reduces the acidity of the stomach. Keeping an acidic stomach is important because it keeps bacteria under control. When the stomach becomes less acidic, it opens the door to overgrowth of bacteria, including H. Pylori, the bacteria that causes ulcers in the stomach. The Digestive Health Institute finds that antacid products are the most common cause of low stomach acidity, and can leave us vulnerable to ulcers.
With less acid around, H. Pylori populations can rise, which damages the stomach lining. When this happens, your own stomach acid can continue to damage the stomach, causing ulcers. This problem can by cyclical, as antacids are the only form of treatment for stomach ulcers.
In addition, antacid products have been shown to slow the metabolism of ethanol, increasing intoxication.
How does Essential AD2 help?
Essential AD2 is clinically proven to reduce acetaldehyde following alcohol consumption, the cause of Alcohol Flush Reaction. Essential AD2 should always be taken daily. If you are going to consume alcohol, an additional dose should be taken 45 minutes prior to alcohol consumption. A month's supply of Essential AD2 contains 70 tablets to provide extra doses to take before drinking. To reach maximum benefit, Essential AD2 should be taken daily for a period of at least 2 weeks. Why? Acetaldehyde levels in those experiencing Alcohol Flush Reaction are very high, and it takes time to create a build up of the beneficial compounds in Essential AD2 to have the most impact. In addition, Essential AD2 protects those with ALDH2 Deficiency from daily exposure to other sources of acetaldehyde. To learn more about these, visit Sources of Acetaldehyde.
Will Essential AD2 get rid of Alcohol Flush Reaction completely?
If you have ALDH2 Deficiency and consume alcohol, Essential AD2 can provide a healthier option for responsible alcohol consumption. Essential AD2 is clinically proven to significantly reduce acetaldehyde when drinking. However, it may not get rid of the symptoms of Alcohol Flush Reaction completely. Everyone's reaction can be different depending on your sensitivity to acetaldehyde. If you are going to casually drink 2-3 drinks, Essential AD2 is a great option, and will help the redness and other symptoms. Some will experience 'pinkness', but it should be a noticeable reduction. Other symptoms like increased heart rate, overheating, or nausea may also be significantly reduced. This is also a sign that Essential AD2 is protecting from the damage occurring in the body. Here, you can see from Essential AD2 customers who have written in to share their experience with AD2.
Those who binge drink, or drink many alcoholic beverages in a short period of time, will likely still experience the symptoms of Alcohol Flush Reaction, as very high amounts of acetaldehyde are entering the body at once. It is strongly recommended that those with ALDH2 Deficiency not binge drink, as there is nothing that can protect from very high levels of the acetaldehyde toxin.
What else can I expect?
ALDH2 Deficiency is about much more than alcohol consumption, and when drinking, these symptoms are a sign of serious damage taking place in the liver and body. As acetaldehyde is reduced, many people experience reductions in heart rate, over-heating, itchiness, stuffiness, nausea, headache, and more. These are all symptoms of high levels of acetaldehyde in the body.
There are many other sources of acetaldehyde, and it is constantly circulating in the body at low concentrations. In fact, acetaldehyde is actually produced inside the body as well.
Do I have ALDH2 Deficiency?
Not sure if you have ALDH2 Deficiency? Read our How Do I Know If I Have ALDH2 Deficiency page. For more information about Acetaldehyde and other sources from which it enters our bodies, see 'What’s Acetaldehdye?'.
Let customers speak for usfrom 65 reviews
I had simply stopped drinking alcohol in any quantity whatsoever. I would get flushing, overheated, rapid heartbeat, dizziness and nausea. I have been using AD2 for about 3 1/2 weeks now and I am able to have 1 or 2 cocktails or beers without any negative reactions. I am sold. so nice to be able to do a little light social drinking of alcohol without taking a sick day after 1 beer.
I have always suffered from the asian glow- RED PUFFY face, racing heart, throbbing headache, constantly looking in the mirror to make sure I didn’t look like I needed to be taken to the hospital (because people used to ask me that) – with Essential AD2 I can confidently go out and socialize like everyone else!
Whenever I drink, first thing that comes into mind is “gonna be a red tomato again” then have to worry about the physical consequences of having headache, red blotchy skin, racing heart, etc. My friend let me try Essential AD2 one night and it was amazing. I was first skeptical because I had never heard of it, but I can say myself that it works wonders. Essential AD2 changed my life when it came to drinking. Going to be buying immediately.
I would always get asian glow even after having one beer. After taking Essential AD2 for a few days, I would still get a little bit red but my head wasn't throbbing anymore and I didn't feel like dying. After a few more weeks on Essential AD2, I feel almost perfectly normal and can actually go out to bars with my friends without worrying about my glow.
Whenever I drank, no matter how much, I would start to get the Asian flush. My face, neck and chest went quite red and my eyes eventually started to look quite bloodshot! It has made me very self-conscious for a long time, making it hard to just to have a casual drinks with friends. Worse than my appearance was the other physical effects. My heart was racing, sometimes I found it hard to breathe, my head would throb and music could make my eardrum feel like distortion was playing right into it. Since taking Essential AD2 I still go slightly red, but in no way as bad as before. The best thing is I feel fine when drinking. My heart feels normal, I don’t feel like I’m burning up and there’s no thudding head experience anymore. I can now just have a drink and not have to worry about feeling like my head is a war zone anymore.
I tried the product about a year ago and it was life changing, to say the least. I used to get tomato red even after 1-2 beers. Initially, the product minimized headaches and made my face feel less hot. But after I started taking it consistently (twice a day as instructed), the redness went down CONSIDERABLY. It was to the extent where I didn’t feel uncomfortable around others anymore, even though it was still a little red. But it looks healthy and I can enjoy drinking now. I am excited to order to item again. This picture is after 2 beers, almost no flushing seen!
I got tested and found I have a 'double mutation'. Product works okay for me but definitely still get red. Still good for health and avoiding acetaldehyde, especially if I'm double deficient, but I still get red when drinking.
I was skeptical at first, but after taking Essential AD2 for two weeks my hangovers were dramatically lessened. I used to suffer from extremely bad nausea the night of drinking and whole day after, but not after taking Essential AD2!
It is annoying to have to take it daily but I am less red while drinking. It also feels like there is less of a hangover and less of the headache while drinking which is more important to me than the red face.