SMOKING GENERATES FREE RADICALS, WHICH DEPLETE ANTIOXIDANTS
Cigarette smoke contains 7000 chemical compounds, including carbon monoxide, benzene, hydrogen cyanide, arsenic, and formaldehyde. With a single puff, you inhale 10(15) free radicals from the tar, smoke, and water-soluble elements of the cigarette smoke.
Free radicals damage collagen, blood vessel lining, and DNA. They weaken the immune system, wrinkle skin, and overall age your body. Smokers tend to have higher levels of LDL cholesterol, which is the type prone to oxidation. The increased LDL cholesterol along with the increased free radicals can be a dangerous combination for cardiac health. Along with higher free radicals, smokers have lower levels of antioxidants to combat them. According to a 1989 NHANES survey,
Smokers of 20 or more cigarette/day had lowest dietary Folate (B9), Vitamin C, Magnesium, as well as the lowest circulating levels. Smokers of 1–19 cigarettes/day had slightly higher intake and circulating levels, but were still significantly less than people who never smoked. The researchers noted that “smoking adversely affects preferences for vitamin C rich foods, the inverse association between smoking and serum vitamin C levels occurs independently of dietary intake.” This means smokers put themselves in a deep vitamin C hole by an apparent aversion to vitamin C rich foods (whether this is caused by smoking or is merely a characteristic shared by smokers is unknown) while the act of smoking depletes the meager amounts of vitamin C circulating in smokers’ bloodstreams.
SMOKING INTERFERES WITH VITAMIN AND MINERAL ABSORPTION
Nicotine-induce kidney damage may prevent electrolyte absorption
Researchers in 2006 presented their findings to the American Heart Association that nicotine accelerated kidney damage in smokers. The kidneys are responsible for excretion and reabsorption of electrolytes — sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. Electrolytes monitor fluid levels within cells so they don’t burst or shrivel, both of which end in cell death. These minerals are also critical to numerous other bodily systems, with magnesium playing a role in more than 300. This damage could at least partially account for consistently lower levels of magnesium and calcium in smokers’ bloodstreams.
Smoking damages elements that protect the stomach lining, which may interfere with nutrient absorption.
HOW TO SUPPLEMENT VITAMINS FOR SMOKERS
Some research indicates that Vitamin A supplements may be detrimental to smokers who need them most, possible even increase cancer risk As Vitamin A is fat-soluble and can accumulate in bodily tissues, few experts recommend supplementing with it. The nutrient is also readily available in sweet potatoes, spinach, carrots, milk, and so many more staple foods.
Nicosal supplements may not only increase Vitamin C levels, but also Vitamin E. In a 2006 study, researchers found that taking 1000 mg Vitamin C supplements per day “could reduce by up to 45 percent the rate of disappearance of one form of vitamin E in smokers.” These supplements provided smoker about the same level of antioxidants protection from free radical damage as non-smokers. NICOSAL A – Z Multivitamin provides maximum absorption without the gastric distress that often accompanies large doses.
Folate is vital for healthy pregnancy and is a central nutrient in many prenatal supplements, and according to some research, supplements may even help modify adverse effect of maternal smoking Folate may be difficult for some people to absorb, so look for a methylated folate in a supplement, like that included in our NICOSAL Detox Pro, can detoxify nicotine and boost immunity.
|Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid) Tumeric Powder Magnesium as Citrate Soy Lecithin Zinc as Citrate Iron as Ferrous Fumarate L-Choline Bitartrate Vitamin E (DL- Alpha- Tocopherol Acetate) Niacin L-Lysine as Monohydrochloride Grape Seed Extract (Vitis vinifera)(seeds) (Standardized to contain 95% Proanthocyanidins) L-Glutamine Trimethylglycine Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine Hydrochloride) Alpha Lipoic Acid Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1) Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) Vitamin A Dry (Retinal Acetate) Folic Acid Potassium as lodide Copper as Gluconate Molybendenum as Sodium Molybdate Vitamin B12 (Cyancobalamin)
(Page edited by Lorena Driscoll)
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