Supplements to Stop Smoking:
Plantain and Lobelia are the most popular and well-known herbs to quit smoking. Plantain is one of the safest supplements to quit smoking. Lobelia while effective can cause stomach irritation. Pairing Lobelia with Ginger helps lessen possible stomach irritation. Kudzu Root is known for helping people reduce alcohol and cigarette cravings. Cayenne Pepper is recommended to protect lungs from continued smoking. Cayenne Pepper causes uncomfortable gastrointestinal disturbances/heartburn/nausea which can be lessened when taken with Ginger.
1) Supplement: Plantain
Pros: Helps with nicotine withdrawal symptoms – noise sensitivity, moodiness, and insomnia. Lung expectorant. Helps soothe and heal throat. Reduces nicotine cravings. Diuretic. Helps detoxify liver, kidney, and bladder.
2) Supplements: Lobelia & Ginger
Pros: Lung expectorant. Creates mucus to clear out lungs. Reduces cigarette craving. Ginger lessens possible side effects.
Cons: Do not take more than 20 mg a day. Dosages over 500 mg are toxic. May cause some stomach irritation. Also known as puke weed. Not for those who are prone to vomiting or are pregnant. Lobelia should be only taken on a need to basis.
Pros: Works in conjunction with Lobelia, to help with possible stomach irritation. Helps prevent nausea withdrawal symptoms.
3) Supplement: Kudzu Root
Pros: Improves liver function. Liver detox. Reduces cigarette and alcohol cravings.
4) Supplement: Cayenne Pepper
Pros: Helps stop tobacco from becoming carcinogenic which causes lung cancer. Inexpensive. Anti-bacterial.
Cons: Temporary acid reflux, heartburn, and nausea. Will subside 30 minutes to 1 hour. Can be taken with Ginger to help lessen side effects.
Brands: Nature’s Way or Nature’s Answer
Rebuild Body after Smoking:
1) Supplements: Cilantro & Chlorella
Details: Rids body of harmful chemicals like cadmium, mercury, etc. from cigarette/marijuana smoking. Cilantro releases metal toxins from the brain and nervous system while Chlorella absorbs them. 30% of people have an intolerance to Chlorella, and will need to take Cellulase. Cellulase is a digestive enzyme that can be found in some Plant Enzyme complexes.
2) Supplement: Citicoline
Details: Smoking decreases blood flow to the brain. Citicoline helps rebuild grey matter. Nicotine and Citicoline both raise acetylcholine which is a neurotransmitter which regulates mood, memory, and muscle. May reduce cigarette cravings. Should be taken in the morning.
Product: Jarrow Citicoline, Cognizin CDP
3) Supplement: Vitamin C
Details: Smoking depletes Vitamin C twice as fast than for non-smokers. Powerful Anti-Oxidant. Helps repair DNA. Look for Buffered Vitamin C or Calcium Ascorbate which is a less acidic form of Vitamin C.
4) Supplement: B-Complex
Pros: Helps repair cellular enzyme system. Improves mood. Increases energy.
Product: Jarrow B-Right is gentler and more effective than other B-Complexes.
5) Supplement: Co Q 10
Details: An antioxidant necessary for cell’s energy production. Kaneka or Ubiquinol is a more expensive and bio-available form of Co Q10.
Pros: Safe. Improves heart health, lowers blood pressure, diabetes, brain booster, gum disease.
Cons: Expensive. Recommended dosage is 100 mg, but some need 200 mg to feel effects. Results are subtle, and more noticeable when not taking.
6) Supplement: Grape Seed Extract or Mullein
Pros: Helps Repair Lungs
Note: Omit Co Q 10 and Grape Seed Extract/Mullein if Glutathione Injections are an option. Glutathione is a very powerful antioxidant helpful for repairing lungs and other cells in the body. If cost is not an issue, supplements can be taken together.
Other Helpful Supplements:
Supplement: Glutathione Injections (online)
Details: Powerful anti-oxidant in every human cell. Injections are more effective than oral supplements. Some health practitioners and spas carry this. TrimNutrition.com is the only place in the United States I can find that offers this online. It is founded by Brent Agin MD author of Superfoods for….. and Healthy Aging for…..
Cons: Not registered by the BBB yet. $100-$150.
Pros: Several locations in Florida.
Pros: Calming effect. Helps with withdrawal symptoms. Used to treat Anxiety.
Cons: Overdosing can lead to confusion. Mild Relaxant.
Product: Nature’s Answer Skullcap tincture
Pros: Increases immunity. It is helpful for anemia, heart disease, fatigue, kidney disease, asthma, hepatitis, stomach ulcers, herpes viral infection, etc
Note: I am not affiliated with any of the products I recommend. I do not get paid for my recommendations.
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