DHM Powder: 3 Things You're Not Told & Best Supplement

DHM Powder

Before you make your final decision on whether or not you're going to try DHM powder or what brand to use, there are some things you should know. We're going to cover 3 things you're not told about DHM powder and what you should look for when buying DHM powder or DHM supplements. 

DHM Powder

DHM powder, which is short for Dihydromyricetin or Ampelopsin, is an extract from the Japanese Raisin Tree (Hovenia Dulcis). With so many DHM benefits, this raisin has been used for centuries as both a food and medicine in Korea, China and other Asian countries.

It was introduced to the West only recently but has gained popularity for its use with liver support. DHM powder is a powerful flavonoid derived from Japan Raisin and known for its dynamic antioxidant properties.

It is now used in supplements such as our Zaca Recovery Chewables.

DHM Powder: 3 Things You're Not Told

There's things you're not told about DHM powder and DHM supplement manufacturers which can effects its efficacy and the results you get. Whether looking to use a DHM detox recovery blend or just a generic DHM powder, you'll want to look out for these three things.

Here's 3 things you're not told about supplements using DHM Powder:

1. DHM Not Derived From Japanese Raisin
First, one thing is clear that a lot of supplements are deriving DHM from a plant named Vine tea extract (Ampelopsis grossedentata), not from Japanese Raisin (Hovenia dulcis). Although Vine tree extract can a beneficial plant as well, it is not the Hovenia plant and it is quite a different species.

2. Studies Are Mostly Based On Japanese Raisin
A majority of the studies on DHM are using an extract from Japanese Raisin (Hovenia dulcis), not Vine tea extract. Such as with the UCLA study done by Jing Liang on DHM.¹ Based on this, Japanese Raisin appears to be the superior source of DHM.

3. Using Isolated DHM Instead Of Full Spectrum Japanese Raisin
Regardless of how the DHM is derived, most supplement companies also isolate the DHM flavonoid. By isolating DHM from Japanese Raisin, it's missing other cofactors and biologically active compounds that have synergistic benefits from the plant.

You want to be cautious of where you buy your DHM powder or DHM supplement from. You're losing potential benefits if the supplement doesn't follow these three things.

At Zaca, we pass all three concerns by using a Japanese Raisin extract containing DHM instead of Vine tea extract, and not isolating the flavonoid but rather including all the beneficial components of the plant.

Isolated DHM Vs Japanese Raisin

While DHM is certainly one of the most important components in Japanese Raisin (Hovenia dulcis), there's so many more components with synergistic benefits.

By using Japanese Raisin extract with DHM versus using isolated DHM, you'll benefit from the many biologically active compounds and cofactors contained in the full plant

These biologically active compounds include the following:

  • quercetin
  • DHM ampelopsin (dihydromerycetin)
  • saponin derivatives
  • dammarane-type triterpene saponins hodulosides I – V
  • flavonoids hovenodulinol
  • hovenitin I
  • (−)-catechin
  • (+)-afzelechin
  • hodulosides I
  • taxifolin
  • myricetin 

While many of these may sound foreign, they each play significant roles in nutrition. Quercetin alone, the most notable ingredient outside of DHM powder, is known to help boost immune support, aid exercise performance, and maintain general health.²

These other flavonoids and biologically active compounds are critical components, and why you want to use Japanese Raisin containing DHM versus only isolated DHM.

Zaca uses a full-spectrum Japanese Raisin containing all of these biologically active compounds. Our Japanese Raisin is farmed for not only just the fruit, but includes the seed and pedulcle for maximum nutrient content.

DHM Side Effects

A study was done on the protective effects of Hovenia dulcis, specifically a Semen Hoveniae extract (SHE). The results concluded to demonstrate results without any toxic side effects.⁴

  • Acute toxicity tests showed that a single dose of oral SHE up to 22 g/kg did not result in any death or toxic side effects in mice during 14 days' observation.⁴

To the knowledge of the scientific literature, there are no known side effects of using DHM-containing Hovenia Dulcis.

Standardized DHM

Manufacturers who standardize their products use a process to ensure consistent quality in every batch. Some herbs are standardized by identifying specific chemicals such DHM, called markers, that can be used to manufacture a consistent product.³

This process of standardization is a reliable method of quality control, and assuring every batch of product you receive as a customer has the same efficacy and results.³ It's important that you get your DHM powder from a supplement that uses standardization.

Zaca uses not only a standardized Japanese Raisin containing DHM powder, the raw material is certified by the Korea FDA dating back to 2008.

Best DHM Supplement

Best DHM Supplement
Zaca is known for its superior quality since 2008, making chewables with Japanese Raisin. Our supplement uses a standardized, full spectrum Japanese Raisin extract that assures the inclusion of biologically active compounds including DHM. Each tablet contains 1100mg of active ingredient, Japanese Raisin being the most potent, while including other beneficial antioxidants and amino acids such as Glutathione. All packed into tiny fast-acting chewables to take when you need it most. Try Zaca chewables today and get superior herbal replenishment, or click the follow post to find out 8 Reasons Zaca Is The Best DHM Supplement.






1. Dihydromyricetin As a Novel Anti-Alcohol Intoxication Medication
2. What Is Quercetin? Benefits, Foods, Dosage, and Side Effects
3. What Are Standardized Supplements?
4. Semen Hoveniae extract protects against acute alcohol-induced liver injury in mice