There are some calling Dihydromyricetin (DHM) the ‘antidote to alcohol’ because of how effectively it prevents feelings of intoxication, head banging hangovers and other unpleasant alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
But the best thing about Dihydromyricetin is that because it is a natural extract from the hovenia dulcis tree, it has no side effects and is completely safe to take, either before or after you start drinking.
In fact, it’s probably the single best hangover cure currently out there. That is unless, you actually enjoyed your buddy Kenny’s concoction of 4 raw eggs, a dash of worcester sauce, some bacon grease and a crushed up Advil. No? thought not.
Used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine, the Hovenia Dulcis tree has long been known to reverse the effects of alcohol intoxication and prevent hangovers.
But in 2007, the Hovenia Dulcis became the subject of focused research, and scientists discovered that the active ingredient responsible for it’s anti-alcohol effects was in fact Dihydromyricetin.
The first study that proved DHM’s potential involved researchers giving copious amounts of alcohol to rats. The researchers split the rats up into two groups; “Group A” and “Group DHM”. Then, researchers injected Group A with the “human equivalent” of 15-20 beers in two hours.
These rats lost their ability to stand and immediately rolled onto their backs. It took the rats in “Group A”, on average, nearly 70 minutes to stand back up.
The rats in “Group DHM” were injected with the same amount of alcohol, but they were also given an injection of 1ml pure Dihydromyricetin. These rats also rolled over onto their backs almost immediately. However, these rats were able to stand up in only five minutes! This means the rats in “Group DHM” stood up 14 times faster than the rats in “Group A”.
Scientists also tested DHM on drunk rats in mazes. Rats given large amounts of alcohol cowered in corners and didn’t explore the maze they were placed in. On the other hand, rats also given the DHM extract acted similarly to sober mice. They explored the maze instead of hiding in one spot.
Finally, scientists studied DHM’s ability to reduce alcohol cravings in rats.
The rats were broken up into two groups – “Group A” and “Group DHM”. Both groups were given two different drinking options for ten continuous weeks. Group A was given a choice between sugar water and sugar water mixed with alcohol. Group DHM was given a choice between sugar water and sugar water mixed with alcohol and laced with DHM.
And what do you think happened?
Yep, the rats in Group A became increasingly addicted to the alcohol over the ten week period. And, they consumed larger amounts of alcohol as the experiment continued. While the rats in Group DHM drank less alcohol as the experiment continued, and by the end of the experiment, rats in Group DHM drank only 1/4th the amount of alcohol compared to rats in Group A.
Originally scientists were looking at the hovenia dulcis plant to see it’s potential as a treatment for alcoholism, but what they quickly discovered was, it was incredibly useful at actually preventing hangovers. And, with it’s ability to quicken the rate an intoxicated person sobered up, it also had the additional benefit of reducing the damage to the brain and liver caused by excessive alcohol consumption.
But I’m a dude, not a rat…will Dihydromyricetin work for me?
Well… that depends?
Have you had enough of the disapproving looks from the parents as you show up late for yet another Sunday lunch looking visibly worse for wear?
Are you fed up of making barely acceptable grades because of the big parties and even bigger hangovers you’ve been having?
Maybe you’re just sick and tired of waking up with your arms wrapped around the toilet bowl, and a mouth that tastes – and smells – like garbage?
If the answer’s yes, then you’ll be excited to know that similar studies have been performed on humans, and DHM was found to be just as safe and effective when used by people.
In fact, not only was Dihydromyricetin identified as possibly the only candidate for treating alcoholism that doesn’t have any side effects, but it’s also completely safe – even at over ten times the recommended dose!
If you don’t want to reduce your drinking or your social life, when you use Dihydromyricetin, you won’t have to.