Asian Flush Product (Supplement, Creams & Drink) Reviews
I tested and reviewed Sunset, CodeRed, Reducerall, Delta Essential AD2 & Before Elixir (all Asian flush supplements & drinks) to find out what works best for getting rid of Asian flush!
Over the past few months I have been trying out a bunch of different Asian Flush supplements (and drinks, in the case of Before Elixir) that claim to either get rid of Asian flush completely or at least significantly reduce it. My intention has been to review all of these products and then share my findings and ratings here on Asian-Flush.net. This page will be updated with any new reviews or updates related to the most popular Asian Flush supplements and products.
Quick comparison of the most popular Asian Flush remedies on the market
|Asian Glow Product||Did it get rid of Asian flush?||My Rating|
|Sunset Alcohol Flush Support||YES|
|Delta Nutrassentials Essential AD2||YES*|
|Pregame Labs Reducerall||YES|
**Below, you'll find my more detailed reviews; you can also click the links above to see prices or check out the individual products websites.
My Review of Sunset Alcohol Flush Support
My very first Asian flush supplement review is for an interesting product that I originally noticed on the crowdfunging website IndieGoGo. Sunset alcohol flush support was trying to raise around $3k to launch their supplement that they claimed stopped alcohol flush/Asian glow, and they ended up rasing over 4 times that with the campaign ending at around $13k. That's 317% of their original goal... Not bad!
I was actually a part of that crowdfunding campaign, and I received 3 bottles of Sunset at their pre-sell price which was heavily discounted. I gave two of these bottles to friends who promised to share their feedback with me, and then ended up loosing the only bottle I had left so I hit up the Sunset website at https://GetSunset.com in order to buy some more (their crowdfunding campaign had ended at this point) as I really wanted to write a review for this website that would be valuable.
Sunset is available from their website (and nowhere else like Amazon or Wal-Mart, it seems) at GetSunset.com at a price of $47 USD plus shipping to anywhere in the US for $2.65 (international shipping to elsewhere on the planet is $8.25 USD). They have a promotion where if you order 3 bottles of Sunset, then no matter where you are in the world they will ship your order for free – so it might be worth teaming up with a fellow flush suffering friend/family member or two in order to save on delivery fees.
Each bottle of Sunset comes with 60 capsules, which seems to be enough for 20 days/nights of drinking alcohol, according to their serving size recommendations and additional instructions that get emailed to you when you order online that essentially suggest 3 pills/capsules per night of drinking
They also offer a 'Flush free or your money back' guarantee on all Sunset purchases through the website, which I think is a great way to show confidence and at least some level of effectiveness by the creators of the supplement. From this page detailing the guarantee:
"...we'd like to take a moment to break down how the Sunset guarantee works. It's simple:
- You order and try Sunset alcohol flush support
- Follow our simple & comprehensive usage instructions & tips included with every order while trying Sunset out & enjoying your alcohol beverage(s).
- Enjoy your new flush free social life!
- If Sunset doesn't work for you, send the bottle back to us. Contact us here for return details.
- We will refund you for your first bottle ordered as well as your original shipping cost so you're not out of pocket.
We thoroughly stand behind the quality and effectiveness of our product, and our customers from all over the world have been enjoying a return to a flush-free social life too!"
Main Ingredients of Sunset:
Directly from the label, which I have right in front of me, the ingredients of Sunset alcohol flush support are:
- Vitamin C – 300mg
- N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) – 900mg
- Bromelain – 300mg
- Quercitin – 300mg
- L-Theanine – 100mg
- Thiamin – 50mg
- Riboflavin – 10mg
- Niacin – 10mg
- Vitamin B6 – 10mg
- Vitamin B12 – 100mcg
- Biotin – 100mcg
- Piperine – 3mg
"Other Ingredients: Cellulose (vegetable capsule) and may contain: Magnesium Stearate, Silica, Rice Flour."
Here's the label image from their website (click to view the full size version:
How is Sunset Supplement supposed to stop Flushing?
So taken directly from the website (because I'm lazy) here is an explanation of how Sunset is supposed to stop Asian flush:
"Sunset works to stop the Asian flush reaction by utilizing multiple layers of defense. Firstly, via glutathione synthesis, it assists the deficient ALDH2 enzyme break down acetaldehyde before it causes facial flushing. Secondly, via a histamine blockade, it prevents the body from reacting to whatever flush-provoking toxins are left behind. These two flush defence mechanisms are held in place by a synergy of compounds balanced precisely for optimum flush fighting effect."
I'm not a huge fan of that description... it's a little too heavy on the buzz-words. I actually found a much better explanation of how Sunset is supposed to work on their "ultimate guide to Asian Flush" blog post (edited by me for clarity):
...The key was in understanding that alcohol flush reaction can be addressed from two important angles rather than just one:
- The body’s ability to break down acetaldehyde needs to be boosted to the level and functionality of a person who doesn’t have Asian flush.
- The body’s histamine defenses must be primed and ready to stop any reaction to the acetaldehyde that sneaks through the first line of defence.
[The recommended solution to this problem is] a product called Sunset - to find out more click here.
Essentially Sunset seems to have been designed to work as a sort of 'advanced natural antihistamine' with some other ingredients thrown in to help with absorbtion & improving the way that the body mops up the negative side-effects of alcohol (the posinous stuff that leaves you with those killer hangovers, usually).
Antihistamine’s (specifically H2-antagonists like Pepcid ) are well known ways to help reduce Asian flush symptoms significantly when taken before consuming alcohol. This is because Asian Flush is the result of enzyme differences that lead to accumulation of acetaldehyde, a metabolic byproduct of ethanol (alcohol). Acetaldehyde induces flushing through histamine release in the body. By blocking histamine activity in the stomach, H2-antagonists/antihistamines effectively reduce flushing and also mediate vasodilation.
Does Sunset actually work? (or 'will Sunset stop my Asian flush?')
The Short Version: Yes! Sunset worked surprisingly well for me. I had to follow a few too many instructions for my liking to take the supplement properly (but I'd rather have way too much information then too little) but overall Sunset worked very well to fight off my Asian flush!
The Longer Version: So to provide some context as to how I used Sunset, let me set the scene; I drank an average of 10 units of alcohol on single evenings/nights, 3 different times over the course of 1 month. Each time, I was drinking a combo of spirits with mixers (whisky and club soda being the most common), beers of various types and wine (one of the nights was spent only drinking wine).
I followed the instructions provided by Sunset as one of their team members reached out to me after I placed my order and provided a bunch of tips and 'best practices' for using Sunset to fight flushing. I found these tips and usage instructions a little bit too information-dense for my liking, but then I realised that I would be mad if I received the supplement with no usage instructions at all, so I definitely shouldn't be too mad at them providing too much information! It's actually a good thing.
I didn't follow all of the tips but a few key ones really seemed to help, including their 'pre-drink regime' and advice on when to take the pills (I assumed it would have been best to down all 3 capsules before drinking, but there's a bit of a trick to getting the timing right to best stop any flush).
On a usual night of drinking like I did on these trial nights, I would usually have pretty terrible flush symptoms on any of them without Sunset. I go a sort of beetish red, feel really warm and get a slight puffing of cheeks and lips when I suffer from Asian flush usually. With Sunset however, I only experienced a small amount of redness on my cheeks and a little on my neck 2 of the 3 times I drank alcohol, and even that went away after about 20-30 minutes of first appearing! On 1 of the 3 nights trialing Sunset and drinking alcohol, I did not flush at all! Only a small bout of 'internal heat' (like an internal warm skin feeling) but after checking with 3 of my friends who were with me, they confirmed that there was no redness and the heat sensation went away after splashing my face with water.
Final Verdict on Sunset
I was massively suprised with how effective this supplement seemed to be! I have already ordered 3 more bottles that I will be storing in various places (in my office, at my girlfriends place and in my own kitchen cabinet), ready for the next time that I spontaneously decide to enjoy some alcohol and don't want to worry about turning bright red from Asian flush!
I have reached out to the owners and asked if they would be willing to provide a discount code or coupon code to Asian-Flush.net readers. I'm waiting to hear back but keep checking back to grab a voucher when they become available.
My Review of codeRed Asian Flush Supplement
Recently, my friends invited me to a trivia night. I knew I wouldn't be the most help when it came to the trivia questions (my general knowledge skills are shockingly poor - the only thing I can help with is music, but even there I don't know simple things that everyone should know; like "the name of 3 Beatles songs #IKnowRight) but I figured this would be a great opportunity to try out a new (to me) Asian flush supplement — codeRed.
I've had this product lying around for a while now, waiting to give it a solid test. I can't just go out drinking any night I want to unfortunately, but my friends gave me an excuse to go drinking. Trivia night was the perfect opportunity to test codeRed for my thorough codeRed review that I've been wanting to post up here for ages! It was on a Friday, so I didn't have work the next day, and it was at a local pub. Perfect...
From drinkwel's website (that's the parent company's name), you can purchase a single bottle for $14.95 per bottle. There are 15 servings (30 tablets) per bottle, so this comes out to about $1 per serving, which isn't too bad.
The website also offers a 3-pack of bottles for $39.95, although this option appears to be sold out at the moment. But that's not a problem because I only needed a single bottle for my testing purposes.
Amazon offers codeRed for a lower price — $13.99 for a single bottle. Given that the company website does not offer free shipping, Amazon is likely the way to go if you want to get hold of some of this product.
Amazon once again one-ups drinkwel's prices by offering a subscription to the product for $13.29 per bottle, per month — a 5% savings over a one-time purchase. With the subscription, you'll receive a bottle every one to six months, depending on how often you drink (and take codeRed).
Each bottle's 15 servings could last you anywhere from 7 to 15 days, depending on your drinking habits and the effectiveness of the tablets for you. According to the product's label, you should take 2 tablets (with food and water), 60 minutes before drinking. For "extra support", you can take the product an hour into drinking as well.
Money Back Guarantee = Confidence in a Product
There is a money back guarantee on codeRed, and you don't even have to send the remainder of the product back. All you have to do is shoot the company an email and say you weren't satisfied, and they'll refund you for the price of the product and shipping. With a guarantee like this, I imagine this company believes in their product quite a bit, which is reassuring.
Main Ingredients of codeRed
The main ingredients in codeRed, per serving, are as follows:
- Proprietary cR Blend - 1196 mg
- Vitamin A - 1250 IU
- Vitamin C - 300 mg
- Thiamin (Vitamin B1) - 1.5 mg
- Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)- 1.7 mg
- Niacin - 20 mg
- Vitamin B6 - 2 mg
- Folic Acid - 400 mcg
- Vitamin B12 - 100 mcg
- Biotin - 300 mcg
- Pantothenic Acid - 10 mg
- Zinc - 10 mg
- Selenium - 50 mcg
- Chromium - 200 mcg
codeRed's "Proprietary cR Blend" contains various amounts (I can't give exact amounts because it's a secret blend. I hate when supplement companies do this by the way!) of NAC, Hesperidin, Stinging Nettle Extract, Grape Seed Extract 95%, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Milk Thistle Extract 80%, R-Alpha Lipoic Acid, Ginger Extract, Resveratrol and Black Pepper Extract.
"Other Ingredients: Cellulose, Stearic Acid, Calcium Phosphate, Magnesium Stearate, Silicon Dioxide, Natural Peppermint Flavor, Hydroxypropyl Cellulose, Hypromellose, Polyethylene, Glycol, Carnauba Wax."
What a mouthful. Key points to take away from this lengthy ingredients label is that the product is both vegetarian and gluten-free. The product is also free of soy, dairy, fish, peanuts, shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, and yeast.
Here's a photograph of the label from the product's website (click the image to view a larger version):
Now that I've painstakingly typed all the information I can obtain from the bottle's label, let's continue with our codeRed review...
How is codeRed Supposed to Stop Flushing?
On the product's Amazon website, drinkwel claims that codeRed's "23 ingredient formula helps reduce alcohol flush reaction by supporting vascular integrity, helping your body process alcohol-induced toxins and providing antioxidant support."
Their website doesn't delve too far into the science behind their product, which is both good and bad. I think it's nice to be able to see the science behind a product explained in detail, even if I'll gloss over some of the more confusing/intricate anyway. It can show that a company knows what they're doing, even if the average person doesn't 100% grasp every tiny detail.
What codeRed's creators have done, is list a few of the most important ingredients and give a basic overview of their purpose:
- Hesperidin to protect heart and blood vessels from oxidation, support vascular integrity, and help improve capillary strength (natural alternative to Pepcid AC).*
- NAC (N-Acetyl-Cysteine) and both forms of Alpha Lipoic Acid, which not only support healthy liver function, but are also essential in the body's production of glutathione, a key antioxidant that help process alcohol induced toxins such as acetaldehyde.*
- Antioxidants such as Grape Seed Extract and Resveratrol to help neutralize free radicals.*
- A full Vitamin B-Complex to aid metabolism and maintain energy.*
- Chromium to manage blood sugar naturally.*
Essentially, codeRed seems to function similarly to other products I've reviewed here on this page; it aims to assist the body with processing alcohol, as well as maintain the body's normal chemical balance, which should keep your energy levels from dropping.
Does codeRed Actually Work? (or 'will codeRed Stop My Asian Flush?')
I wanted to try codeRed in two ways:
- Taking just one serving, 60 minutes before drinking
- Taking one serving before drinking, and one serving 60 minutes into drinking
I wanted to try the smallest dosage of the product first because of the company's confidence in their product. If it ended up working, then I was all set! If it didn't, then I could up the dosage and try again the next night.
As usual, I went drinking 1 night a week, for 2 weeks in a row. For both of these nights, I attended a trivia night at a local pub with some friends.
The first night, I only took one serving of codeRed, an hour before drinking. Unfortunately, within 15 minutes or so, the flushing had begun. I didn't even have to ask my friends if they noticed, because they pointed it out before I had the chance to. I decided to curtail my drinking since the supplement didn't seem to have helped, and I didn't want to have a rough morning the next day. In this instance, codeRed Asian flush supplement didn't seem to have much of a noticeable effect.
Because trivia nights are not long enough for heavy drinking (they typically don't last long enough for me to really get going), I decided to coax my friends into showing up early to the pub the second week, so I could get some drinking in before the event started. This time, I took codeRed an hour before drinking and then took it an hour into drinking.
Unfortunately, the supplement again did not work as well as I had hoped. codeRed helped a little this time, though. My friends agreed that I was not as red as I usually was. Despite this, I still didn't feel the best.
I tried the product a few more times after these events, to check if the product became more effective with each usage, but it didn't. It had a tiny effect each time I used it, but nowhere near as much as I'd have liked. Even the tiny effect it did have could have been a placebo effect actually, I felt really rough on nights I used codeRed and found it pretty difficuly to accurately measure the small effect it may have been having on me 🙁
My Final Verdict on CodeRed Asian Flush supplement
I think codeRed Asian flush supplement is a hit-or-miss thing. It seems to work well for some people (looking at Amazon reviews), but has no significant effect on others. I fell squarely in the latter category, codeRed basically did not work for me at all, but it's possible this product will work better for you.
It's a little better than nothing, that's for sure. But for me, Sunset alcohol flush support has been the most effective in my flush product experiments, so I'll keep that as my go-to Asian flush supplement for now!
My Review of Delta Essential AD2
In November of last year, I came across an online press release announcing that Delta Nutrassentials was launching a new product, Essential AD2 and it would “alleviate” symptoms of ALDH2 Deficiency (aka. Asian Flush).
I made a mental note and then forgot about it until a couple of months ago when one of my friends recommended Essential AD2. Since I was already planning on testing out a bunch of Asian Flush supplements, I added it to my list.
In my Essential AD2 review, I give you all the information you need to decide if it’s worth trying out for yourself and I give you my honest opinion about the product.
Essential AD2 is available on the company website (https://www.deltanutra.com/) and at Amazon. After calling around to places like Walmart or Walgreen’s, I don’t think it’s available to purchase in-store.
When you order directly from the Delta Nutrassentials website, you have a few options. You can buy a one-month supply (for a one time deal) for $45 (free shipping and $5 shipping options for International orders), or you can Subscribe for monthly shipments.
If you choose to “subscribe” you save 20 percent, costing you $36, and the shipping rates remain the same. When you subscribe, you are shipped a 30-day supply, and according to the site, you can cancel at any time. If you choose to order from Amazon, it costs $50 with free shipping, and you don’t have the option of subscribing.
Each monthly supply includes 70 tablets, and according to the makers of Essential AD2, you should take "2 tablets daily to alleviate acetaldehyde exposure and take an additional 2 tablets (45 minutes before drinking alcohol) to alleviate Alcohol Flush Reaction".
A Quick note about the (annoyingly) strange recommended dosage directions of Essential AD2 (!!)
If I were to follow the recommended dosage directions, I would have enough capsules to drink about five nights out of the month. When I looked a little more closely at the dosage recommendations, I discovered that for maximum benefits in reducing Asian Flush, you should take it daily for two weeks.
So, if I decided to cut back on my dosing (after two weeks), I could get more out of my month supply. I also discovered, after doing a little research, that you can take up to 4 tablets 45 minutes before drinking, but that you should not exceed more than 6 tablets a day.
No refund policy or real guarantees!
To make my Essential AD2 review more complete, I needed to make sure that I could get a refund if I wasn’t happy with the product. Here’s what the company had to say:
“Delta Nutrassentials does not offer refunds on products that have been opened. Unopened returns will receive a full refund if they are returned within 60 days of purchasing the product.”
This, in my mind, is a little bit of a weak policy and shows me that the company isn't 100% confident of the efficacy of their supplement, otherwise they would be fine with standing behind their product more and offering a full 'either it works or you get your money back guarantee'. I can understand that the company (Delta Nutrassentials) might be worried about a guarantee like this leaving them open to abuse, but I still think it's worth implementing a more solid guarantee as competing products like Sunset offer a 100% 'it works or your money back' guarantee on their supplement!
Main Ingredients of Essential AD2
As I read directly from the label, here are the main ingredients in Essential AD2. Per serving size of 2 tablets:
- Vitamin A (as beta carotene)-2500 IU
- Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid)-150 mg
- AD2 Proprietary Blend-1180 mg
The Proprietary Blend includes Niacinamide, N-Acetyl Cysteine, Alpha-Lipoic Acid, Thiamine, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin A, Vitamin C
“Other Ingredients: Microcrystalline Cellulose, Croscarmellose Sodium, Silicone Dioxide, Magnesium Stearate, Hypromellose, Polyethylene Glycol/Macrogol, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Titanium Dioxide, Talc.”
Here's a picture of the rear of the Delta AD2 box packaging (click the image to view a larger version):
How is Essential AD2 Supposed to Stop Flushing?
When trying to figure out how Essential AD2 was designed to stop flushing, I encountered a lot of “science” talk. While I appreciate a product with plenty of scientific data to back it up, I wanted to make it a little easier to understand when writing my Essential AD2 review.
If you want to delve deep into the science, head to the site yourself but here are some of the “basics” of how it works and in regards to Asian Flush.
First of all, Delta Nutrassentials never claims that Essential AD2 “stops” flushing but rather “alleviates” the symptoms. This is important to keep in mind, particularly if you expect it to be a miracle product (I’ll discuss that a little later on.)
According to the website, here’s what Essential AD2 does:
“Increases the activity of the mutated ALDH2 Enzyme, Clears the acetaldehyde directly, and Boosts natural metabolism.”
Are you still with me? That may be a little abstract, right? Basically, When you drink alcohol, acetaldehyde levels in people with Asian Flush are high. When you take AD2, the “proprietary blend” it may reduce certain symptoms from redness to an increased heart rate. It can also protect your body from further damage.
In short, it helps your body metabolize alcohol better.
Does Essential AD2 Actually Work? (or ‘will Essential AD2 Stop My Asian Flush?’)
When I decided to start Essential AD2, I was torn between taking a daily dose for two weeks rather than every day for a month. I opted to try the "recommended dose" and took two tablets every day.
These daily tablets are supposed to protect your health and build up an immunity of sorts. After the first month was up, I decided to try the daily dose for just two weeks.
During the first month, I went drinking for 1 night, 2 weeks in a row. One of these nights, I attended a wine tasting with some friends. While wine isn’t my “go to” for alcohol, it often makes me feel more flushed, and that’s when I feel symptoms of the Asian Flush the most.
I took a few tablets beforehand (as per the directions), and after the tasting (plus a few glasses) I felt less flushed than normal and didn’t have as much of a headache. I didn’t feel awesome, but I felt better than without Essential AD2.
After I was done with my “daily dose” trial period, I hit up a few bars (still taking the two tablets before drinking). I had less flushing than usual but more than when I took a daily dose. It was hard to tell if I was less red, but fewer people commented, so I’ll take that as a good sign.
Final Verdict on Essential AD2
I think Essential AD2 has potential. It seems to do a good job as a "preventative", and in boosting your health but in all honesty, I didn’t like taking that many tablets on a daily basis! I appreciated the research, but I felt like Nutrassentials cut short in explaining how it works with Asian Flush.
Essential AD2 seems to be a good fit for someone who has a routine, but I don’t think it worked as well as Sunset. I am more spontaneous when it comes to drinking, so I want something that will work a bit better (almost) instantly.
My Review of Reducerall
With a company name like Pregame Labs, I have to assume the makers of Reducerall care about drinking and alcohol. A lot.
But, will this company's love for all things alcohol translate to an effective Asian flush supplement? My experience with Reducerall, and my resulting Reducerall review below should tell you everything you need to know about Pregame Labs "no glow" Asian flush supplement.
Reducerall can be obtained through the company's website (pregamelabs.com) or via Amazon (what doesn't Amazon have for sale).
From Pregame Labs' website, the product can be purchased for a one-time deal of $29.95, and then subsequent bottles will cost $39.95 each.There's also a subscription option available, meaning that Pregame Labs will deliver a new bottle to you every 30 days.
All of these options come with free shipping to the U.S, which is convenient, but Amazon's prices are cheaper despite this.
Amazon doesn't offer a subscription for Reducerall, but the product only costs $24.99 on there. This seems to be the way to go, especially if you have Amazon Prime.
Servings and Usage
Each bottle contains 16 servings (48 capsules). Depending on your drinking frequency, this could last you up to 16 nights of drinking — or days, I don't judge.
One thing that could cause you to run out of Reducerall more quickly is the supplement's multiple uses. Not only does the product work to reduce alcohol flush reaction, but it also can be taken to prevent hangovers. Reducerall's multiple uses are, of course, a good thing, as long as it doesn't interfere with the main purpose of the product — preventing Asian flush.
Reducerall Money Back Guarantee
Reducerall comes with a 90-day money back guarantee (minus the shipping cost) if you aren't completely satisfied with their product. A money back guarantee is always a good sign, as it shows a company's trust in their product. Don't know why they limit it to 90 days though, might as well make it a lifetime guarantee if they are that confident in their product. But that's just a tiny detail...
Here's the description of the money-back guarantee from their website:
90 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE
We are so confident in our products that we offer a 90 Day Money Back Guarantee on ALL products. What that means to you is that if you're not satisfied with your purchase simply return your product(s), used or unused within 90 days and you will we be refunded in full (minus shipping costs).
Main Ingredients of Reducerall
Reading from the label on my bottle of Reducerall sitting on my desk, it looks like Reducerall contains the following ingredients:
- Vitamin C - 100 mg
- Thiamine B1 - 50 mg
- Riboflavin - 20 mg
- Vitamin B6 - 10 mg
- Vitamin B12 - 300 mcg
- Molybdenum - 200 mcg
- Reducerall ALDH2 Blend™ - 1803 mg
Reducerall's "special blend" (it's proprietary, meaning you don't know how much of each item is in there, but it is; supplement companies use this to protect the 'secret sauce' of their product) contains the following: Dihydromyricetin (DHM) Vine Tea Extract 98%, Calcium Carbonate, N-Acetyl Cysteine, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Magnesium, Hydroxide, Black Pepper Extract.
The only other ingredients are the "Vegetable" capsule.
I don't want to bog this Reducerall review down with a longer description of the ingredients, so I'll leave it at that.
Here's the label if you want to read it for yourself (click to view full size):
How is Reducerall Supposed to Stop Flushing?
Pregame Labs' website does a nice job of explaining their product's main purpose. The producers describe it as follows:
Reducerall’s proven, proprietary formula is designed to help combat and reduce the symptoms of Asian Glow or Alcohol Flush reaction. Ingredients like DHM, NAC, & ALA all work synergistically to help quickly flush alcohol preventing dangerous, toxic builds up that product flushing symptoms."
I translated that to mean that the supplement helps your body get the harmful components of alcohol out of your system more quickly, instead of letting them build up in your system. If you suffer from Asian flush, your system isn't the best at doing this on its own, so the idea is that Reducerall improves your body's ability to do this. And this should eliminate or reduce Asian flush.
Reducerall's website also lists a few more perks of the supplement, including some positive side effects of the product, such as improved confidence (haha). It's always nice to have a little more confidence. I'll have to try the product before I believe all of its claims, but I'm quite hopeful.
Pleasant Side-Feature: Hangover Prevention
Their website claims the following:
Because the mechanism of alcohol flush reaction and hangovers are similar (an excess build of of acetaldehyde in the body), Reducerall also serves as a powerful Anti-hangover cure. By taking Reducerall before and after you drink, you’ll wake up with a hangover reduced by at least 80% and won’t experience the usual, crippling headaches.
Even if Reducerall doesn't effectively treat my Asian flush, I'm hoping this feature of the product will be effective.
Does Reducerall Actually Work? (or 'will Reducerall Stop My Asian Flush?')
For my Pregame Labs Reducerall Review I went out drinking 1 night a week; for 2 weeks in a row. This time around, I "performed" each test at a bar with some drinking buddies.
For both nights, I took the capsules as directed (1 serving before drinking, and an additional 1 or 2 capsules as the night wore on).
My first drink went down smoothly, of course, and then after a short while, I began to feel a slight flush. Because of Reducerall (or maybe it was the dim lighting), none of my friends noticed any change in the color of my face. (Once I felt the alcohol kick in, I went to the bathroom to see how red, or not, my face had gotten.) Luckily, it was not very red at this point. So far so good.
As the night dragged on, drinks were consumed (naturally), and my face slowly reddened a bit more. I had forgotten to take any additional capsules, so I swallowed another two capsules. I finished the night feeling somewhat better than usual (without any supplement), so the product definitely has some merit to it. I wish it were more effective, but I should probably attribute some of its ineffectiveness to my forgetting to take more capsules throughout the night.
An interesting side-note: Reducerall's "hangover prevention" works pretty well. I took the appropriate amount of capsules (with water) before bed, and when I woke up, I felt fine.
My second night of drinking, I took one serving before drinking and additional capsules throughout the night. I drank a bit more this time than the first night. However, I think that taking the additional capsules helped keep my Asian flush to a minimum. Despite having a greater number of drinks this night, I only felt somewhat flushed, similar to the night before.
I asked my friend to judge my level of alcohol flush that night (he has seen me bright red after alcohol hundreds of times as he’s my best friend who I’ve known since University days!) and he said that it was clear that there was less flushing then normal, but if he hadn’t have seen what I’m like without an Asian flush supplement, I would still look oddly red to a casual observer.
So reducerall definitely has an effect, I’m just not sure it’s enough of a difference to be reliable when I really need to be flush-free, like on a night out with the workmates or a date. For a casual night out… I might rely on reducerall, but there are just better alternatives available at the price-point.
The hangover prevention side of the supplement once again came in handy. Or maybe it was all the water I chugged before sleeping?
Pregame Labs' product does reduce the symptoms of Asian flush as it claims to do, but (for me) it wasn't able to eliminate symptoms completely. However, as far as I can tell, the hangover prevention of Reducerall works pretty well. I'll probably use the rest of the bottle for this purpose and rely on a different supplement (Sunset works most effectively for me at the moment, but that's just me).
Hopefully, my experiments with Pregame Labs' Reducerall were helpful to you in your quest to find the perfect Asian flush solution!
My Review of Before Elixir
After testing out tablets, I was pretty excited (and interested) to see how an Asian Flush product would work in the form of liquid. Before Elixir has been around for a while and I remember skimming an article in GQ with the CEO and creator, Jen Du, but I didn’t remember much else about the product (article is here, by the way).
In my search for the best Asian Flush supplement (well, not just supplement, but solution, really), I came across Before Elixir. Since it looks like a red sports drink, I decided it was easy enough to test out and compare to the other supplements I've tried.
In my Before Elixir review below, I'll be providing you with all the information you need: how it works, if it works, and where to buy Before Elixir if you’re interested in trying it out yourself. As always, I give you my honest opinion about the product.
If you’d rather head to the store and buy a bottle or two, before committing to a shipment, go to Before Elixir’s website and utilize their 'store locator' feature. After using the feature, I was happy to see that a market just a few blocks away from my place carried the product.
If you decide to purchase Before Elixir from their website, the prices are as follows:
As you can see, the higher the quantity ordered, the lower the cost per bottle. Shipping is free from the website, and you can also sign up to 'subscribe' (as in have the product delivered automatically and also have your credit card charged automatically every 1, 2, 3 or 4 months) which will save you 20 percent. If you subscribe, you have a choice of having a delivery every one, two, three, or four months.
When checking out the website, I also noticed that you can sign up for a rewards program in which you can accumulate points (that turn into coupons). If you sign up to receive emails, you can also receive 10 percent off of your first purchase.
When ordering off of Amazon, you have two options. <4 bottles for $20 or 12 for $48. At the market, where I purchased Before Elixir, there was a special going on for 2 bottles costing $8, which was a bit of a savings so I bought four bottles!
Each bottle contained 8 fluid ounces, and the directions seem pretty easy to follow. If you’re planning on drinking alcohol, it's suggested that you drink one bottle of Before Elixir 30 minutes beforehand. If you’re hungover, they recommend that you drink one bottle of the elixir.
According to the makers of Before Elixir, one bottle is effective for about three to four drinks (depending on sensitivity), and if you’re having a long night out on the town, you can drink Before Elixir throughout the evening.
As far as having “too much” I couldn’t find much information about exceeding a recommended dose. I assume it's pretty safe though, scanning the ingredient list.
Before Elixir can be stored in the fridge or at room temperature. Once you open a bottle, the manufacturers recommend that you keep it in the fridge and use within seven days.
Are there any side-effects?
The team behind Before Elixir must be pretty confident in it's lack of side-effects, because on their website the only side effects mentioned were:
- Getting Rich
- Finding True Love
- Increased Attractiveness
How's that for a disclaimer!
Main Ingredients of Before Elixir
As I finish up a bottle, I’m reading directly from the label (this is about as accurate as I can get with this review). The nutritional value and ingredients are as follows:
- Calories - 35 per 8 ounce serving
- Total Carbohydrates-8g
- Total Sugar-8g
- Calcium - 18mg
- Thiamin (Vitamin B1) - 1.2mg
- Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) - 1.7mg
- Vitamin B6 - 16mg
- Folate - 800mcg DFE and 400 mcg folic acid
- B12 - 24mcg
- Pantothenic Acid (B5) - 10mg
- Magnesium - 25mg
- Selenium - 70mcg
- Potassium - 25mg
Before Elixir also has 1955mg of a “Proprietary Blend” which includes Acetyl-L-Carnitine, Hovenia Dulcis, N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine, Hesperidin Complex, Grape seed extract, Milk thistle extract, R-Altha Lipoic acid, Kudzu extract and Dandelion extract.
“Other Ingredients include Filtered Water, Pure Cane Sugar, Natural berry flavor, Citric Acid, Fruit and Vegetable Juice (for color), Monkfruit extract, Potassium Sorbate.”
Some other things worth noting is that Before Elixir has no artificial colors, sweeteners, or flavors. It’s vegan and free of corn, dairy, gluten, nuts, and soy. The flavor is pomegranate raspberry.
Here's a picture of the rear of the Before Elixir bottle, containing all the ingredients (click the image to view a larger version):
How is Before Elixir Supposed to Stop Flushing?
According to the company website, the purpose of Before Elixir is pretty cut and dry: the ingredients flush the liver and help to promote healthy liver function. It can also remove acetaldehyde from your liver.
When you drink Before Elixir before drinking alcohol, the amino acids supposedly regulate alcohol metabolism and minimize the production of acetaldehyde.
As we've established elsewhere on this site, regulating (and lowering) levels of acetaldehyde can reduce flushing and other common symptoms associated with Asian Flush, so the claim at least sounds legit!
Does Before Elixir Actually Work? (or ‘will Before Elixir Stop My Asian Flush?’)
When I found Before Elixir at my neighborhood market, I was pretty excited as I wasn’t really in the mood to order online and wait for the product to arrive. I wanted to try a product that truly seemed to be 'spontaneous' (I'd also run out of my other favorite Asian flush supp - Sunset, so I was in need of something!)
One of my buddies called me up last minute on a Thursday after work to go out for a few drinks. Knowing that drinking on a work night can make for a rough day after I’m usually (more than) a bit hesitant. Since I had just picked up some Before Elixir, I agreed to go out... in the name of 'product testing' 😉
I drank Before Elixir about a half hour before my ride arrived. The taste was okay and a little sweeter than I prefer (it tasted like a normal sports drink, Gatorade for example, only a little sweeter). When I got to the bar I had a beer, then a shot, and then another beer. The company that makes Before Elixir says one serving works for about 3 to 4 drinks, so this was the products chance to shine.
Following a small hiatus of about 10 minutes, where I actually felt fine and started to think that the drink was working, there was a turn for the worse... I started to flush!
Not as badly as usual (I'd say about 65% as severe as when I drink without any 'assistance') and a slight headache began to form. My friend quite clearly pointed out my redness when I asked for their opinion, and I'm not sure if it was the specific shot I tried but the sugary aftertaste of Before Elixir just didn’t mix well with the drinks I had. I felt a little nauseous, but not too bad (same as usual).
After a few hours, I went home, drank another bottle of Before Elixir before bed to test out this "hangover curing" element they push on their website; and I actually felt pretty good in the morning! Good thing too, as it was a 'work night'. So while Before Elixir may not be good (at all, really) for helping with my flush: it definitely helped with the hangover!
The next week, I went out again but spent a few extra hours out on the town. During this time I drank two bottles of Before Elixir and one before going to bed. I didn’t feel terrible while drinking alcohol but I felt slightly nauseous (again, the sugary drink). I had some of the symptoms I’m used to again, just not as severe.
Overall, Before Elixir is a good option for someone who needs something fast (especially if you have a shop nearby that carries it) or perhaps as an addition to a regular Asian Flush supplement that you take. On it's own though, I just can't recommend Before Elixir, unfortunately.
For me, it was just way too sweet, and the aftertaste kind of ruined my enjoyment of the alcoholic drinks I had afterwards. Critically though, it only had a mild effect on my flush symptoms, reducing my regular face and upper body after-drink redness to about 65% as severe as normal, and the nauseous feeling and the slight headache that accompany flushing for me were still there.
While Before Elixir made me feel a bit better than if I were to drink without anything at all, I still flushed quite a bit after drinking it (only slightly less than normal) and it just didn't work as well as some of the other Asian flush supplements that I've tried.