Dihydromyricetin (DHM) is a natural extract of the Oriental Raisin Tree. (Hovenia Dulcis) DHM has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine as a hangover cure and intoxication blocker, but has just recently been the subject of focused research.
Benefits of Dihydromyricetin
1) Sobers You Up
Dihydromyricetin doesn't just prevent you from getting drunk, but can actually sober you up after a night of drinking. It does this in two primary ways:
It blocks alcohol's effect on your GABAa receptors, preventing the increased effect of GABA from causing the negative symptoms commonly associated with drunkenness.
It causes the liver to metabolize alcohol more quickly, lowering your BAC and causing you to be fully sober more quickly.
2) Prevents Hangovers
Dihydromyricetin is the most effective hangover cure currently on the market, and when combined with the age old advice of staying hydrated, will prevent hangovers in almost everyone. A hangover has three main causes, and DHM fights against two of them:
GABA Receptor Overstimulation
3) Increases Intoxication Threshold
Have you ever been in a social situation where you don't want to get drunk, but you'll be the odd one out if you don't drink? Take 300 600 mg of Dihydromyricetin before you start drinking and you'll stay sober even after having 5-6 beers.
Dihydromyricetin does this by blocking the GABAa receptors in your brain, preventing the increased effect of the neurotransmitter GABA caused by alcohol. The increased efficacy of GABA is why alcohol causes symptoms such as slurred speech, poor decision making, and loss of motor skills. DHM blocks this effect, allowing you to stay sharp when normally you'd be heavily intoxicated.
DHM also restrains the absorption of alcohol in the gastrointestinal tract, causing less of the alcohol you consume to reach your brain in the first place.
4) Protects the Liver
DHM isn't just useful and counteracting intoxication or preventing hangovers, but also helps to reduce the liver toxicity caused by alcohol consumption. While numerous studies have reported on the liver-protecting properties of the hovenia dulcis fruit, a recent study identified Dihydromyricetin as the responsible compound.