Alcohol Flush Reaction is the fancier, more scientific, term for Asian Flush. Not all people that get Alcohol Flush Reaction are Asian, so it is probably the more appropriate inclusive term.
At any rate, you’re here to know about the cure. I’m going to let you know the bad news right away; there is no ‘cure’. We’re stuck with Alcohol Flush, Asian Flush, Asian Glow, whatever you want to call it, because it’s a part of us. It is literally in our DNA.
See, Alcohol Flush Reaction means we suck at breaking down something called acetaldehyde, which is a toxin. This comes from alcohol (among other things) and builds up like crazy, which is why we feel so crappy. Again, acetaldehyde is a TOXIN, which means when we’re getting Alcohol Flush, we’re actually poisoning our bodies. Harsh way to put it, but it’s true.
This inability to break down the toxins is called ALDH2 Deficiency (see aldh2deficiency.com) and it comes from our parents. Meaning if you get the glow, we can say with certainty that at least one of your parents gets the glow. On top of that, there’s a high likelihood that your children will get the glow. It’s one big, happy, glowing family. Because this is genetic, we can’t ‘cure’ it because it’s part of our DNA. That would be like changing from blue eyes to brown. But maybe we can treat it!
Looking closer at the problem, people with ALDH2 Deficiency can’t break down this one dangerous toxin, called acetaldehyde (which is a mouthful and from here on out I will refer to it as ‘the toxin’). The toxin builds up when drinking, causing Alcohol Flush. The toxin also comes from other sources and is very common in air pollution and in cigarettes. On top of that, we’ve come to find out the toxin is in foods I eat every day, and even in coffee, which I can’t live without. I won’t break down the full list, but if you want to check it out, you can visit www.acetaldehydetoxicity.com.
Back to the cure (or treatment really).
Basically, we, the glowers with ALDH2 Deficiency, need to avoid this toxin as much as possible because we’re vulnerable and the toxin can create long term damage in our bodies. So what we need is something that either protects us from acetaldehyde, or breaks it down for us. The best thing we can do is avoid it; but that is clearly difficult because I’m not ready to give up coffee and food. Some people have tried taking Pepcid or Zantac, but this has been proven to be bad to take with alcohol, and doesn’t actually reduce acetaldehyde.
So far, only one product we have found actually reduces acetaldehyde in our bodies and has been clinically proven (in real people) to do so, called Essential AD2. This is the only product we’ve seen advertised to be specifically designed for us ALDH2 Deficiency folk. What I like is that they don’t claim to be a cure, which some scam artists do (which I explained above isn’t possible). Instead, Essential AD2 helps against the toxin and they do have a lot of people like us explaining what it’s like (see here). Usually I read testimonials like these and they seem fake or phony or completely over the top. But, these people sound real.
If you know of any other products that fit the bill, or that really help in your experience, please send us a message. We’ll be sure to post about anything we find.