How it Works: The Enzyme that Breaks Down Alcohol
Contrary to popular belief, dehydration is not the main reason you feel lousy after a night of drinking.
When your body metabolizes alcohol, it creates a toxin called acetaldehyde. This sneaky bugger is the culprit behind your rough mornings, and it can stay in your body for 12-24 hours.
Your body can break down acetaldehyde — but not very efficiently. And the longer it sticks around, the worse you feel. (It’s a toxin, after all!)
Some people naturally have a lower tolerance for alcohol than others because they’re low in the enzyme that breaks down acetaldehyde.
And the bad news gets worse because everyone’s ability to metabolize alcohol slows down with age. This makes us more sensitive to alcohol’s effects as we get older — and puts more stress on the liver when we drink.
BACUP helps you go back to the good old days.
It helps clear acetaldehyde from your system by providing a boost of the same enzyme your liver uses for the job. This takes some of the load off your liver and helps minimize the not-so-fun after-effects of drinking
Dr. Young Wu didn’t set out to create a product for alleviating the after-effects of drinking. He was researching liver metabolism for another project when he accidentally discovered that the coenzyme NADH (short for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) effectively clears alcohol toxins from the body.
Based on that breakthrough discovery, Dr. Wu and a team of scientists at UCLA spent the next few years developing BACUP – a scientifically researched, third-party tested solution for a better drinking experience and a smoother recovery.
The lead ingredient of the formula, NADH, is backed by a doctor-led study published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
The placebo-controlled, in vivo laboratory study demonstrated that NADH — the star enzyme featured in BACUP — helps the body break down alcohol more efficiently. As a result, it reduces the build-up of acetaldehyde in the liver. Less acetaldehyde build-up means less post-drinking discomfort.
The study also found liver enzyme levels were lower in the BACUP group compared to the control group, suggesting BACUP helps reduce stress on the liver after a night of drinking.