It sounds too good to be true: a natural substance that improves your health AND combats hangovers?!
We couldn’t believe it either. The western world has been far behind the east and has recently caught up in their centuries old health regimen. Vine tea, also known as longevity tea, moyeam tea or Ampelopsis grossendentata, has been brewed by countries in Eastern Asia as they believed the stems and leaves of the plant prevented hangovers, cured diseases and promoted a long life.
Well, to an extent, they were right! Vine tea is packed with amino acids, trace elements, and contains the greatest amount of flavonoids amongst all plants causing it to display potent antioxidant properties. Studies have also shown that vine tea possesses anti-bacterial properties, improves immune function, decreases blood sugars and fats, and protects the liver.
The active ingredient that is attributed to these benefits is the flavonoid, dihydromyricetin (DHM). It is found in a number of plants, such as the vine tea, the Chinese raisin tree (Hovenia dulcis) – another common source you may have heard of.
DHM has shown much versatility in its health benefits in the past decade, demonstrating that it possesses anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant properties, along with improving metabolic conditions, such as diabetes mellitus, and protects against neurodegenerative diseases. Isn't that amazing?
But let's focus on what you're really here for. DHM has been shown to reduce the likelihood and severity of hangover symptoms. And if that's not enough, DHM has been shown to protect the liver by preventing liver enzyme elevation - a bad sign, which indicates liver inflammation.
In summary, DHM makes you feel better after a drink and protects your vital organs! And that won’t be all. The western world has studied DHM and the benefits of vine tea for only about a decade so there is much more to be discovered and learned. Until then, drink on and enjoy the many known benefits that DHM and vine tea have to offer!