For those who’d like the best of both worlds: to thoroughly enjoy oneself by over-indulging on alcohol and yet – still be able to get to work, and kill it the morning after.
What is Dihydromyricetin (DHM)?
Dihydromyricetin is a major flavonoid found in the Ampelopsis grossedentata – a species of plant, also commonly known as moyeam, that grows widely in the south of China. For centuries, the herbal tea brewed from the leaves and stems of the moyeam plant has been used as a hangover cure in rural villages.
Benefits of DHM
Reduces feelings of intoxication
There’s no doubt about it: drinking is pleasurable. But alcohol’s activity on your brain’s GABA sites also leads to a host of other, embarrassing cognitive changes like slurred speech and poor limb coordination. If you’ve fallen flat on your face one too many times on a night out, you should consider supplementing with DHM. It reduces the effect alcohol has on GABA receptors, in turn, making you act and feel less drunk than your current blood alcohol content (BAC) warrants.
Finally, a supplement that allows you to avoid navigating the treacherous, head-splitting seas of a hangover after drinking more than you should have the night before. DHM achieves this by both accelerating your liver’s ability to break down alcohol’s toxic by-products and reducing the effects of minor alcohol withdrawals – thereby preventing classic hangover symptoms such as headaches, anxiety, and mental fogginess.
Supports liver health
Given that your liver processes over 90% of consumed alcohol, every night you spend drinking puts immense amounts of stress on your liver. More specifically, sustained bouts of heavy alcohol usage can lead to various liver diseases, such as fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis and even cancer. Thankfully, research shows that DHM has hepatoprotective qualities – signifying that it acts as a protectant against damage to the liver.
- Dosage: 600 – 900 mg
- Extended usage: Based on current research available, DHM does not appear to be habit-forming.
When it comes to hangovers, prevention is vital. DHM is, therefore, best taken while you're drinking or immediately after your last drink – while the alcohol is still in your system, but before the hangover has taken hold.
DHM side effects
No human clinical trials have tested explicitly for DHM's side effects, but several studies looking into the supplement's benefits have concluded that in general, DHM is non-toxic, well-tolerated, and safe for humans to use. And as mentioned earlier, it's been used in traditional herbal medicine for many years, with no reported side effects.
Nevertheless, it's crucial to note that you should never use DHM as an excuse to drink irresponsibly or to drink and drive.