What is Asian Flush? Do I have it?
To put things simply, Asian Flush is when you get a red face shortly after drinking alcohol.
The most obvious way to know if you have Asian Flush is if you experience negative symptoms like these when you drink alcohol:
- Redness of face and upper body
- Swelling of the cheeks
- Red eyes
- Difficulty breathing
- Rapid heart rate
While some of these symptoms sounds like what you might experience during a hangover, Asian Flush is very different. Those with Asian Flush can experience these symptoms almost immediately after drinking alcohol. However, you don't have to experience all of these symptoms to have Asian Flush. Many people deal with a combination of some of these symptoms, but not necessarily all of them.
Do you get a bright red face after one beer? Asian Flush might be the reason.
Why do I get Asian Flush and other people don’t?
Asian Flush comes down to a genetic deficiency in the way we metabolise alcohol in our liver. When our body tries to break down alcohol, it gets flooded with a metabolic by-product of alcohol called acetaldehyde.
In a healthy liver, acetaldehyde is broken down into a harmless non-toxic substance called acetate. However, in alcohol flush sufferers it isn't broken down adequately and ends up passing through the liver and into our system. This causes all kinds of unpleasant symptoms that are commonly reported to detract from the enjoyment of alcohol and cause people to feel embarrassed and self conscious.
Why is it that people with Asian flush can’t break down acetaldehyde like normal consumers of alcohol? The problem originates from an obscure enzyme that goes by the name of ALDH2.
Mitochondrial aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH2) is an enzyme that is encoded by the ALDH2 gene.
The main purpose of this enzyme is to break down acetaldehyde into harmless acetate during the metabolism of alcohol.
As we’ve seen above, not only does this protect us from the likes of Asian Flush, but it also ensures we are not exposed to the long-term health effects of acetaldehyde exposure.
How can I reduce my Asian Flush reaction to alcohol?
You’re not alone in this condition and thankfully there is a supplement you can use to reduce your reaction. Sunset Alcohol Flush Support was designed specifically for Asian Flush and works at the core of this issue to reduce your symptoms.
If you have Asian Flush, it’s likely someone has recommended using antihistamines like Pepcid AC to reduce your symptoms. This isn’t what they are used for and they can cause unnecessary risks when taken with alcohol.
One of the main issues with medicines like Zantac or Pepcid AC is that they may reduce red facial flushing, but they don’t do anything for the growing amount of toxic acetaldehyde in your system.
This is what sets Sunset apart.
Sunset supports your body to remove harmful acetaldehyde from your body as quickly as possible. This means you can comfortably drink alcohol without all the negative symptoms from Asian Flush. It also means that you’re not masking the symptoms, you’re actually dealing with the underlying problem of Asian Flush.
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Can I get Asian Flush if I’m not Asian?
It is estimated that approximately 50% of East Asians are born with a genetic ALDH2 deficiency with a smaller percentage of Causcasians being affected. That said, alcohol flush reaction in Causasians is not as uncommon as one might think. In fact, according to a 1986 study looking at the racial differences in alcohol sensitivity, approximately 3 to 29 percent of Caucasians get a red face from alcohol.
Regardless of race, people get alcohol flush reaction because they inherit a deficient ALDH2 gene from their parents, who inherited it from their parents, and so on.
As a result of its genetic origin, people are often told they can't do anything about ALDH2 deficiency and usually advised to abstain from alcohol if they don't like going red in the face.
However, whilst the enzymatic deficiency is permanent, it doesn’t mean the function of the enzyme can’t be assisted in such a way that enables it to break down acetaldehyde like any normal healthy liver. Sunset can help allow you to enjoy alcohol again.