Smoking is well recognised for being bad for your health, affecting how you breathe, your energy levels, fertility, smell and your physical appearance. But men who quit smoking by the age of 30 can add 10 years to their life and people who kick the habit at 60 add three years to their life, according to the NHS. Stopping smoking can prove difficult, especially if it’s become a habit over a number of years and different methods work for different people. Taking vitamin supplements however may help in your quest.
Vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin B and L-theanine levels are all negatively impacted by smoking, according to Nature’s Best.
This vitamin is widely thought to be integral to cardiovascular health.
It explains: “Smoking is thought to increase the oxidative stress on the body, which suggests a greater needful antioxidant intake (including that from vitamin E).
“One study claims taking a vitamin E supplement may partially reduce the stress caused by smoking. There’s also evidence that smoking depletes vitamin E.”
Many studies have found smoking depletes levels of vitamin C in the body. But like vitamin E, the more you smoke, the more you need the antioxidant effect of vitamin C, it advises.
“This explains why many nutritional practitioners recommend taking vitamin C supplements if you’re a smoker.”
Like vitamin C and E, vitamin B levels are also thought to become depleted as a result of smoking.
It says: “Smoking is also thought to deplete the body’s levels of several vitamin B vitamins, including folic acid, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12.
“To prevent deficiency, it may be useful to take a good quality B complex supplement.”
L-theanine is an amino acid found most commonly in tea leaves and is known best for its stress-easing properties. This may help with quitting smoking.
It says: “Giving up smoking is well known for causing stress, thanks to the nicotine withdrawal symptoms you experience.
“One natural supplement that may help keep you feeling calm in an amino acid called theanine.
“Indeed, studies suggest taking theanine may help to reduce stress without causing drowsiness.”