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Quit your bad habits by taking these vitamins

Quit your bad habits by taking these vitamins

Quit your bad habits by taking these vitamins

New research by the University of Canterbury shows that minerals and vitamins help to reduce cigarette consumption and promote successful quitting.

A study by Unversity of Canterbury (UC), published recently in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, supports the use of micronutrients (minerals and vitamins) as a safe, readily available option to promote successful quitting and reduced cigarette use.

The UC researchers believe that micronutrients are comparable to other smoking cessation treatments (e.g., drugs of various kinds) but with fewer side effects, with 28% of the micronutrient group achieving abstinence for 12 weeks versus 18% of the placebo group.

“Micronutrients are being increasingly studied for the treatment of psychiatric conditions, but directly using micronutrients as a treatment for addictions is novel,” says Psychology doctoral student Phillipa Reihana of the study.

“There is extensive evidence that micronutrients alleviate stress. Given that tobacco smoking is often used to cope with stress, taking micronutrients may moderate the stress of withdrawal and increase the chance of a successful quit attempt.”

Furthermore, those taking micronutrients reported reduced consumption of cigarettes per day, notably in the four weeks prior to quitting (when participants attempted to cut down) and at four weeks after their quit date.

The researchers conclude that the study supports the use of micronutrients as a safe, readily available option to take before and during a quit attempt to potentially increase the likelihood of success.

“This and future research in this field may support Aotearoa New Zealand to reach the goal that fewer than 5% of New Zealanders will be smokers by 2025,” Reihana says.

This study is the first known randomised controlled trial investigating the impact of a mineral-vitamin formula for smoking cessation and reduction of cigarette use anywhere in the world.

Quitting smoking is among the most important health-promoting changes a person can make, and is the most cost-effective disease prevention intervention available. Despite the benefits, many smokers have difficulty quitting and the incidence of smoking relapse is high, with many smokers failing even 24 hours of continuous abstinence after their quit date. 

Multivitamins, Vitamin B Complex, including vitamin B1, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, vitamin B9 (folate), are vital for healthy skin, hair, eyes, and liver. Reports indicate that these vitamins may help curb nicotine cravings and irritability.

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One Comment on Quit your bad habits by taking these vitamins

  • Linda
    October 4, 2018 5:43 pm

    Vitamins do not make much difference if you continue to have a bad diet, eat lots of fresh raw vegies and fruit to increase micro-nutrients and your cravings will go away, you will start to crave wholefoods more and more.

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