Dihydromyricetin (DHM) is marketed as a revolution in the hangover cure supplement space. If you’ve landed on this articles, chances are you already know a thing or two about hangover cure remedies.
Ampelopsin AKA Dihydromyricetin is the active ingredient of the Japanese raisin tree. It’s been used in the east for thousands of years to prevent hangovers and help headaches.
DHM has been shown to:
- Increase alcohol metabolism – meaning it increases how fast you clear alcohol from your bloodstream.
- Reduces alcohol anxiety – By reducing the rebound effect of alcohol on our nervous system
- Makes you want to drink less.
So basically, its a top herbal product to take after drinking and can help reduce some of the worse hangover symptoms which include headache, anxiety and the shakes.
In this article we are going to cover:
- Where the best places to buy Dihydromyricetin are.
- What’s the best way to take Dihydromyricetin
- How much Dihdromyricetin you should take for hangovers
- When you should take Dihydromyricetin to have the best hangover prevention effect
How to use Dihydromyricetin / Ampelopsin?
To understand how DHM works, we first need to cover how alcohol causes hangovers in the first place.
It’s a complicated process but we’ll lay it out short and sweet:
Alcohol produces harmful toxins – When we drink alcohol, our liver breaks it down into a substance called acetaldehyde which is highly reactive and causes a lot fo damage when it comes into contact with the cells in our body.
The more you drink, the more acetaldehyde is produced and the worse your hangovers will be.
How does DHM counteract this?
Well, it increases alcohol breakdown in your liver. Put simply, this means less alcohol builds up in your system and therefore less acetaldehyde is produced…
You can find out more about DHM in our ultimate guide.
What’s the recommended amount of Dihydromyricetin to take for hangovers?
So far the only studies which show how much DHM it takes to prevent hangover symptoms have been carried out in mice only.
We know that comparing results from mice to humans is not great but it’s all we have at the moment.
The researchers used 1-15mg/kg in mice. So if you’re 70kg (Roughly 150 pounds), that would mean a dose of 70-1000mg. So quite a wide range if you extrapolate this to human weight.
Thankfully though, most DHM supplements contain between 100 – 500mg so well within the range of the study, In fact, most good supplements use around 300-400mg.
What’s the best way to take Dihydromyricetin
DHM has been used in eastern herbal teas for centuries to help with hangovers. So one option is it get yourself the herb from a herbal store and brew it.
There are a few problems with this method though:
Firstly you’ll need quite a lot of it to get a good dose. Herbs mixed in tea only give you a small dose of the active ingredient.
Furthermore, drinking tea after a night out of drinking isn’t the most ideal thing, especially in the summer.
The best way to take dihydromyricetin is to buy it in capsule form, from a reputable source. This was you get a solid dose of DHM and you know exactly how much you’re getting.
When is the best time to take Dihydromyricetin?
Once the damage is done, there’s no turning back…
What we mean by this is that anything you do to try and reduce the effect of your, hangovers need to be done before you go to bed after a night of drinking (or whenever you have your last drink).
The best way is to take Dihydromyricetin is after your last drink (So usually before you go to bed after a night out). This way, DHM can work while you’re asleep and clear the excess alcohol from your system before it causes damage.
The main harmful by-product of alcohol (acetaldehyde) will do all its damage while you’re asleep so its best to do something about it before it can do so. Taking preventative measures before is always key and this includes drinking plenty of water and taking your other hangover preventing vitamins before sleeping.
After all, there’s no point taking it once the damage is done. Once you have a hangover, you’ll have to ride it out until your body recovers and nothing much really works.
Where are the best places to buy Dihydromyricetin / Ampelopsin?
It depends if you’re looking to buy DHM on its own or with other ingredients. If you’re looking for the pure powder or plant form, places like alibaba will give you access straight to suppliers from Asia. Always look out for purity claims and “standardized extracts” which means that high amounts of the active ingredient (DHM) will be in the product.
Problem with this is that some suppliers outside the US and Europe will make claims with regards to their purity which may not be reflective of their product – so if you’re going to order it this way, always get an independent third party to sample it and provide a report.
If your aim is to take Dihydromyricetin for hangovers, looking for a supplement that contains DHM and other ingredients to combat a hangover is most ideal.
After all, hangovers are caused by many different things and DHM is one of many ingredients which work great for hangovers
Look out for products with “Proprietary blends” and avoid them like the plague. You want to pick a product that clearly states exactly how much DHM and at what purity they’ve used.
Proprietary blends are used by manufacturers who want to cut corners and keep their costs low to make the most profit.
Anything else to consider?
DHM isn’t the only ingredient that’s good for hangovers. It’s one of many different ingredients which are needed to have the best hangover prevention effect.
As you all know, hangovers come with so many different symptoms, and each need to be targeted from different angles.
That’s, why drinking a big glass of water or having a kebab before going to bed, doesn’t do the trick.
Dihydromyricetin is a great ingredient and shows a lot of promise, so it’s certainly a top ingredient to look out for in a hangover cure pill.
Other things to look out for are:
B-Vitamins which help your liver regenerate some of the enzymes needed to clear alcohol from your system.
Other herbal extracts such as ginger and milk thistle. Ginger is the only scientifically proven herb that reduces symptoms of nausea. Milk thistle can also settle your stomach after drinking and boosts your liver’s detoxifying ability.
If you’re taking prescribed medication, it’s also important to discuss with your doctor to avoid side-effects with DHM.
Dihydromyricetin has gained a lot of attention in the last few years and some products base all their marketing and claims around DHM’s hangover busting properties.
There’s no doubt it shows great promise and some studies have proven that it works well to clear alcohol from the system and reduce alcohol “rebound” effect which is a major cause of anxiety.
To really give yourself the BEST chance of preventing the worst hangovers, you need extra vitamins and herbal extracts to cover all bases.