So when I found out about Essential AD2 that is supposed to remedy the Asian glow, I was like yeah right. But it didn’t take me long to circle back and beg the company to send me a sample to review. Before we get to whether it actually works or not, let’s start out with introductions. What is the product? What does it do? What the hell is Asian glow?
What is Asian glow? It’s basically turning red and feeling like shit after drinking alcohol. A lot of Asians (not all), but a lot of Asians get it. I personally can’t drink more than a beer or a shot before turning bright red, feeling sick and dizzy, and for some reason, I get all congested and sinus-y. The only way that I personally know how to combat (up to this point) it is to drink through the glow, to the point where I’m so drunk that I don’t give a shit that I look like an over-ripe strawberry with a runny nose- at which point I’ll probably blackout, make some questionable decisions and hate myself the next day (but not really remember why).
I did some research on Essential AD2’s website and read over some testimonials to get a better idea of how this product would help me. There are a lot of testimonials, but I think Steve C’s description of “Asian glow” best fits what I go through currently whenever I drink. Here’s an excerpt from his testimonial:
My Asian [glow] was rather severe.. my face turning red.. eyes getting bloodshot.. shortness of breath, stuffiness and sometimes heart palpitations. I always thought this is was everyone felt when drinking aside from the red face. Essential AD2 was a true blessing. It made me understand what normal people felt like when drinking. I still get a little flush at first but that goes away quickly. My shortness of breath, stuffiness and heart palpitations went away. I can relax and enjoy myself without feeling self-conscious. I highly recommend this product to everyone I know that suffers from Asian Flush.
Now reading this along with other testimonials gives me exciting news. Because up to this point, I don’t think I’ve ever been “properly drunk.” I have no idea what a “good time” feels like because much like the symptoms Steve described, I react pretty severely to alcohol.
So before we try out Essential AD2, we need an explanation.
EXPLANATION OF HOW ESSENTIAL AD2 WORKS
I want to first explain to you how this works and why it works. Because I think that’s just as important as knowing that it does in fact work.
In a nutshell: Essential AD2 helps reduce the level of acetaldehyde in your bloodstream.
Why is this good? Well, in order to understand that it would help to know what is acetaldehyde?
It’s a toxin in your body that comes from pollution, high sugar foods, cigarette smoking, alcohol.. a variety of sources. And it’s always circulating at low levels in your bloodstream.
And this is where ALDH2 (Aldehyde Dehydrogenase 2, not to be confused with Aldehyde Dehydrogenase 1, ha) comes in. ALDH2 is an enzyme found in the liver that is responsible for the breakdown of acetaldehyde.
Some people have ALDH2 Deficiency, which is a genetic disorder. People who have ALDH2 Deficiency have less of the enzyme that helps break down acetaldehyde and the BEST WAY for you to tell if you have this type of deficiency is if you get “the Asian glow” Do you get red, dizzy, and/or nauseous when you drink.. like even if you drink a little bit? Are you Asian and experience these symptoms? Yea, you probably have ALDH2 deficiency. A lot of Asians do (though not all). Including me.
So back to Essential AD2. It corrects the deficiency and helps break down the level of acetaldehyde in your bloodstream. Without the build-up of acetaldehyde in your system, you won’t get the yucky “Asian glow” symptoms.
Which is why Essential AD2 is a godsend for me. Cause if it works, I can finally go out and know how it feels to literally “party like a white boy” (or in my case girl), instead of partying like an Asian who has ALDH2 deficiency.
SO LET’S PUT IT TO THE TEST: THE EXPERIMENT
The instructions are: Take 2 tablets daily to alleviate acetaldehyde exposure. To reduce Alcohol Flush Reaction, take an additional 2 tablets 45 minutes before drinking alcohol.
So this is how I’ll do the experiment:
Phase 1 will consist of me drinking without ever having taken AD2
Phase 2 will consist of me taking Essential Ad2 starting 14 days prior to the first day of drinking. On the 14th day, I will take an additional 2 tablets (about 45 minutes) prior to drinking.