Do You Know What The Asian Flush Is?

Asian flush, also widely known as Asian glow, is when Chinese, Japanese and Korean people turn red after their body reacts to certain compounds. What causes Asian glow? Genetics, basically. Around 36% of Northeast Asians are deficient in one of the enzymes that metabolizes alcohol, due to a gene mutation called ALDH2*2. This leads to a buildup of a toxic substance called acetaldehyde, which causes Asian flush and can also cause cancer, especially esophageal cancer.

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