What is Dihydromyricetin (DHM)?

​​Dihydromyricetin (DHM) is a natural supplement that may protect the brain and liver, and help reduce hangover symptoms. 

DHM is an organic chemical found in a berry-like fruit that grows on the Japanese Raisin Tree. The tree is known by its latin name, Hovenia Dulcis, and is widespread across Asia. Hovenia Dulcis has been used for thousands of years in Asia and has several natural advantages.

Dihydromyricetin is obtained from the Hovenia Dulcis tree's bark using an ethanol-based solution. It is then treated before being dehydrated and powdered for purification. Dihydromyricetin works with your body to reduce the effects of acute alcohol use.

What are the health benefits of Dihydromyricetin (DHM)?

According to studies performed on laboratory rats in 2012 and at the USC School of Pharmacy in 2020, DHM may help to alleviate hangover symptoms. 

DHM may be useful as a dietary supplement to protect the brain and liver, aid in alcohol metabolism, and even help relieve hangover headaches. It is used to counteract both short and long-term alcohol effects.

Note that there has not been a study of DHM on humans. However, the results of recent studies and hundreds of years of use in Asian countries to prevent hangovers indicate that DHM could be a powerful tool to reduce hangover symptoms.

1 - DHM protects GABA receptors in the brain

DHM decreases the effects of alcohol on GABA receptors in the brain. This allows you to get restful sleep and prevents hangover-related anxiety, depression and stress.

When you drink, alcohol artificially raises GABA levels in the brain, causing the body to produce less of its own.

When you stop drinking, a phenomenon known as the "rebound effect" occurs. The decrease of GABA raises cortisol levels, which in turn increases anxiety and stress. The increase in cortisol also leads to insomnia and the inability to fall asleep after drinking alcohol.

DHM protects the brain's GABA receptors from alcohol, which prevents the post-drinking rebound effect.

2 - DHM provides hepatoprotective benefits for the liver

Scientists think that DHM may have hepatoprotective benefits for the liver because of its antioxidant properties. The term "hepatoprotection" refers to the protection of the liver. 

According to a 2019 research paper, DHM helped protect mice liver against acetaminophen-related damage.

3 - DHM speeds up alcohol metabolism

When you consume alcohol, your body produces acetaldehyde, a harmful byproduct created in your body when you drink alcohol.  The liver turns alcohol into an acetaldehyde, which causes headaches, nausea and triggers a hangover.

The supplement DHM boosts the liver's capacity to break down acetaldehyde more quickly.  Research shows that DHM may reduce the quantity of acetaldehyde in your body if taken before and after drinking alcohol. As a result, you'll have less severe hangover symptoms.

4 - DHM speeds up sobriety

DHM could also help you feel less inebriated than your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) would normally suggest. This allows you to wake up feeling more refreshed after drinking alcohol.

Is Dihydromyricetin natural?

DHM is a natural, plant-based supplement extracted from the Hovenia Dulcis raisin tree. The DHM used in IVITA ACTIVE is 99% pure. It is important to confirm the purity of DHM before consuming the supplement.  

Can you take Dihydromyricetin (DHM) daily?

DHM has been linked to a relatively small number of negative side effects, according to published research publications. For this reason, DHM is considered to be safe for daily consumption. 

As with any supplement or medication, you should consult your doctor before taking DHM if you have specific health issues or concerns. 

How much Dihydromyricetin (DHM) should I take?

The primary US-based group that investigated DHM as an anti-hangover treatment gave rats dosages ranging between 1 mg and 15 mg of DHM. These amounts were determined to be safe with few side effects.

Translated into human terms, a dosage of 1 mg would be 80 mg for a 175 lbs (80kg) individual.

The larger dosage of 15 mg would be 1200 mg of DHM for a 175 lbs (80kg) individual.

IVITA Active contains 1,000 mg of 99% pure DHM per dosage.

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