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Alcohol Flush Reaction
Alcohol Flush Reaction is a visual indicator of high accumulation of acetaldehyde. It occurs when those with ALDH2 Deficiency drink alcohol.

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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?'.

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