The internet is brimming with information on Asian flush, including its causes, statistics, studies, and anecdotal examples. However, not enough information can be found regarding its prevention and treatment, so if this piques your interest, you’ve come to the right place.
The alcohol flush reaction has many names, Asian flush syndrome and Asian glow being the two most common ones. As you may already know, it involves red facial and upper body flushing after drinking even the smallest amount of alcohol, oftentimes accompanied with other side-effects like nausea and an elevated heart rate.
Whoever experienced this reaction knows how uncomfortable it can get, especially if you simply want to enjoy a beer or two after work or a glass of wine during dinner. In general, this reaction mostly affects people of Asian descent, or more specifically East Asians, but this doesn’t mean that people of European, African, or American descent are can’t experience it for themselves either.
What Causes Asian Flush In The First Place?
To put it simply, Asian flush is caused due to one’s inability to properly metabolize ethanol (a different name for alcohol), and it’s all because of an enzyme called ALDH2. When alcohol is consumed, it’s metabolized and converted into acetaldehyde, a toxic and often dangerous substance, which undergoes transformation into acetic acid, only to be broken down into the completely harmless CO2 and water. Since the previously mentioned enzyme basically doesn’t do its job properly, the toxic substance does not get to be broken down further so it accumulates causing the familiar facial redness and flushing.
So far, a cure for this reaction doesn’t really exist/hasn’t been found yet. Nevertheless, there are some pretty effective prevention treatments available, usually in the form of pills. We’ll mention the (number) most effective ones, the best choice being the Sunset pills, so we’ll start with that.
According to the reviews we’ve received, alongside the reviews and personal experiences we’ve encountered on other sites by people who’ve used our product, Sunset pills are the best Asian flush prevention product available on the market today. In fact, we are so convinced that our product works, that we offer a 30-day money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with it.
The way our product works is by directly assisting the tricky ALDH2 enzyme, thereby supporting the liver function when metabolizing the alcohol. Consequently, your face will be completely flush-free, even after 3 continuous shots of tequila, while without any of the side-effects associated with the Asian flush. Sunset pills will increase your overall alcohol tolerance (as far as Asian Flush is concerned, not from getting intoxicated though) and keep you happy while enjoying as many alcoholic beverages as you please.
The way that our Asian flush supplement achieves its full potential is by having the right balance of the right ingredients. Undoubtedly, balance is extremely important, especially when it comes to a product with many ingredients and serves a certain purpose. In order to ensure its quality and keep you healthy at the same time, we use all-natural ingredients like amino acids, natural enzymes, alkaloids, nature’s alternatives to antihistamines, and of course, vitamins.
Amino acid n.1 - N-acetyl cysteine (NAC)
This amazing amino acid works on so many levels. Firstly, it breaks down into the super-powerful antioxidant known as Glutathione, protecting you from cellular and tissue damage, while significantly reducing inflammation.
Secondly, it helps the above-mentioned deficient enzyme known as ALDH2, the main culprit for Asian flush. Therefore, by assisting it to break down the acetaldehyde, the harmful and toxic substance whose piling up is the main cause for this reaction, the Glutathione prevents the red flashes and glows.
Lastly, it prevents (the appearance of) the after-effects of drinking like nausea and headaches, therefore providing you with the comfort you need to have a truly good time.
Amino acid n.2 – L-Theanine
This is a non-protein amino acid that can be found in the Camellia sinensis teas, like green tea, often used for its relaxing properties which don’t sedate. On the other hand, when combined with caffeine, it promotes focus and attention.
Its purpose in our product is to prevent the harmful alcohol-induced free-radicals from damaging your body as well as to speed up the alcohol metabolization by working in synergy with the formerly-mentioned amino-acid.
Natural enzyme – Bromelain
Found in pineapple, this natural digesting enzyme helps your body to better absorb the previously-indicated antihistamine Quercetin. The fusion of these two compounds reduces the red flushes much more effectively that the sole use of antihistamines like Pepcid AC, Zantac, or Zyrtec, by helping the deficient enzyme to better metabolize the alcohol. This is an essential compound whose presence is one of the reasons for the extreme effectiveness of our product.
Alkaloid – Piperine
This alkaloid is what makes the Sunset pills long-lasting due to its purpose of increasing its efficiency and effects. This way, you will only need to take one pill even if you plan to drink all night long.
Vitamin B1 – Thiamine
This ingredient is vital when it comes to the efficiency of the N-acetyl cysteine amino acid. Moreover, it controls the accumulation of the harmful toxin acetaldehyde, especially when taken prior to drinking. This occurs because the alcohol naturally gets rid of this vitamin when we drink, so amplifying its levels before that is essential when it comes to alcohol flush prevention.
As you may well know, Vitamin C is the ultimate vitamin fundamental for so many things. Its purpose in our product is not only to aid the amino acid N-acetyl cysteine’s breakdown into the antioxidant Glutathione, but also to aid the Vitamin B1 in doing its job, which is controlling acetaldehyde’s accumulation.
Lastly, but certainly not least importantly, we have the B Vitamins: Riboflavin, Niacin, Pridoxine, Cobalamin and Biotin. Again, they serve the purpose of being the N-acetyl cysteine amino acid’s assistants, while helping to prevent alcohol-induced toxins from accumulating.
Their most important job, however, is making sure that all of the above-mentioned ingredients are as efficient as they can be, which is why the Sunset pills are the most effective Asian flush prevention product that can be purchased online.
Makeup and Skincare
Often overlooked, most people disregard how taking care of their skin can affect the flush reaction. Ensuring capillaries are hydrated and flexible can encourage the dissipation of blood from the surface of the skin. BB creams and tinted moisturisers work very effectively at reducing the appearance of redness though without helping with the underlying cause. We have a whole post about the skincare routine some of our favourite makeup artists recommended here.
Pharmaceutical antihistamines like Pepcid AC, Zantac, and Zyrtec have been used to combat alcohol-induced redness for many years. Even though histamine blockers work in the sense that they reduce the facial and upper body redness, it may not be a good idea to use this medication continually. This results from the fact that antihistamines only mask the symptoms, instead of taking care of the real problem which is the ALDH2 enzyme deficiency.
As we previously mentioned, Asian flush is caused due to the accumulation of acetaldehyde, which causes the facial flushing by releasing histamine, a natural compound found in our bodies’ cells. Histamine blockers, as the name suggests, block this histamine build up, hence significantly reducing that uncomfortable red glow. However, it is important that we mention the dangers of using antihistamines, especially if used for longer periods of time.
The first reason is that they can actually make you drunker than you would have normally been, since you’ll become less aware of the alcohol’s effects until it is too late. The second reason is that it’s very easy to become tolerant, therefore consuming larger and larger amounts which is very dangerous. On a final note, antihistamines work but only on the surface, which makes them not as healthy of a choice as opposed to Asian flush supplements like the Sunset pills.
Small amount of Aspirin
So you want to enjoy a glass of champagne while celebrating some special event without flaring up your face? Aspirin may very well do the trick, but only if you consume a small amount of alcohol.
This was firstly concluded in a 1987 study, where researchers proved its effectiveness regarding alcohol-induced facial flushing. It’s important to know that it will only work when taken in small amounts, while drinking small amount of alcohol, since aspirin and alcohol are not such a good combination when taken in high doses. Again, this will only mask the symptoms, but it is a good solution if not used continuously.
Drinking lots of water can be very beneficial when it comes to Asian flushing, and the reason is simple. Having enough water in your system before even starting to drink can be helpful in reducing Asian glow since alcohol dehydrates the body, hence causing more intense blood flow. This results in facial flaring, so by having plenty of water in your system you may not be able to prevent this reaction, but you may still be able to reduce it at the very least.
Asian flush is difficult to prevent if proper medication is not used. The above-mentioned prevention treatments are not guaranteed to work since each body is unique, therefore susceptible to different things. The only way to surely know which treatment works is for you to try it and see the results for yourself.Still, the best and most efficient solution would be to use Sunset pills, whose proven effects already help a plethora of people around the world. Not only do they prevent the Asian flush symptoms, including the facial redness, nausea, and increased heart rate, but also directly assist the enzyme responsible for metabolizing the alcohol.