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Supplements To Help You Quit Smoking
Here is information on supplements that can help you quit smoking. The simple truth is that giving up nicotine is extremely tough. That is why relapse rates are so high. Most classic drugs for smoking cessation don’t work a lot better than a simple placebo overall. They also don’t work substantially better than going cold turkey. Plus, they can come with serious side effects, like agitation, depression, and hostility and they can be expensive.
Smoking is the number one cause of preventable death and disability in the world today. Stress, weight gain, and withdrawal symptoms make it difficult to quit. Actually, increased hunger and weight gain are one of the very most common complaints from those who do quit. Make sure you have a diet and workout plan prepared if you’re kicking the habit.
NAC (N-acetylcysteine) To Help Quit Smoking
NAC may discourage the craving and reward sensations of certain addictions. A small preliminary randomized study suggested that taking 3,600 milligrams per day of NAC caused less rewarding feelings when restarting cigarettes about 4 days later compared to a placebo. It deserves more attention because NAC has shown some preliminary potential for other addictions, too. A very well-done randomized trial in adolescents (ages 15 to 21) found that those taking 1,200 milligrams per day of NAC over
8 weeks were twice as likely to have a negative cannabis urine test. The side effects are similar to a placebo, so this is a great option along with conventional treatments.
Antidepressant & Anti Anxiety Supplements
These have been tested for addiction without success, which is not surprising to me because antidepressant drugs haven’t been successful. I think antianxiety supplements might be promising, though. For many people who’ve quit smoking we recommended L-theanine and GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid).
If the anxiety of withdrawal is extreme, take one GABA pill (100 to 150 milligrams per day), and if the withdrawal is minimal, take one L-theanine pill (100 to 200 milligrams) once or a few times a day. If you’ve tried everything to no avail, ask your doctor about Snus, a smokeless tobacco product that has a lower concentration of carcinogens. Research shows a reduction in lung cancer risk versus smoking with this product.