While nicotine replacements may not always be the best path, nutritional supplements can play an essential role in transitioning to a smoke-free life.
Personally, I discovered that even after quitting smoking, my battle with addiction persisted.
It was only when I delved into research on neurotransmitter imbalances and learned about using supplements to balance brain chemistry and heal addictions that I was able to conquer my addictive tendencies once and for all.
For some people, certain supplements can help in the process of quitting smoking. These can balance your brain chemistry and alleviate withdrawal symptoms.
Vitamin B-3 (Niacin or Niacinamide): Reduces nicotine cravings because nicotine and niacin occupy the same receptors in the brain. Dosage is 500 mg to 1000 mg of Niacinamide with breakfast and lunch, or 50 mg of Niacin.
B Complex Vitamins: These vitamins calm the nervous system, decrease fatigue, stress, anxiety, and insomnia that commonly occur when you quit smoking. A B-50 Complex is recommended, with 1 at breakfast and 1 at lunch.
Chromium: Helps to regulate blood sugar which can become lower after you quit smoking. Dosage is 200-500mcg of GTF Chromium Polynicotinate with food twice a day.
L-Glutamine: An amino acid beneficial for reducing cravings for cigarettes, alcohol, sugar and carbs. It also helps stabilize blood sugar levels and may decrease anxiety. Dosage is 2000 mg before breakfast, and before lunch and mid-afternoon as needed. Do Not Use if you have cancer and caution is advised for long-term use without regular exercise.
NAC (N-Acetyl-Cystine): 1200 mg a day. Take with 2000 mg of Vitamin C a day to prevent kidney stones.
Mag07: Start with 3 pills at night, and if that doesn’t do trick, try 4 or 5 the next night. You can take it anytime if you are close to a toilet, I personally take 2 or 3 a night as a maintenance dose.
Scroll down to read more about each supplement
Note: It’s essential to consult with a healthcare provider before starting any supplement regimen
The B Vitamins
I do believe that Vitamin B-3 is one of the most important supplements you can take when it comes to treating addiction. Nicotine and niacin occupy the same receptors in the brain, which is why it is so helpful in reducing nicotine cravings.
B vitamins help to calm and regulate the nervous system while decreasing fatigue and stress. B vitamins can also help relieve the anxiety and insomnia that commonly occur when you quit smoking. Your body uses more B vitamins when you are under stress.
Smoking triggers the release of stress hormones in the body, while also depleting the body of B vitamins at the same time, so quitting smoking means an increased need for all the B vitamins.
Ideally start taking B vitamins at least one week before you plan to quit.
If you take niacinamide (B-3) or any of the individual B vitamins, always take a B-complex as well. Studies have shown that any long-term use of one B vitamin can cause a deficiency in another. So, I repeat: always take a B-Complex.
Vitamin B-1 (Thiamine): Helps to regulate the nervous system, heart and stabilize mood. Thiamine is helpful for adrenal fatigue, increasing focus, reducing stress, increasing energy and maintaining a positive attitude. A lack of B-1 can cause depression, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and irritability.
Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin): Vital for the production of healthy red blood cells which transport oxygen throughout the body. More oxygen reaching the brain means a greater capacity to stay alert. It helps prevent anemia, high blood pressure, migraines and is the vitamin that causes your urine to turn bright yellow.
Vitamin B-3 (Niacin) or (Niacinamide – the non-flushing niacin): Also called nicotinic acid, B-3 is chemically similar to nicotine and fills the nicotine receptors in your brain relieving nicotine cravings.
Vitamin B-3 also boosts the neurotransmitter GABA, which relieves anxiety and helps you to relax. It is excellent for alcohol cravings as well. It also helps to dilate blood vessels, improve circulation and lower cholesterol. It helps prevent skin cancer, reduce acne and is anti-aging.
I recommend taking niacinamide which is the form of niacin that doesn’t cause the red skin or flushing that niacin causes unless you have high cholesterol, in which case, I recommend taking niacin since it is so effective at lowering cholesterol.
Vitamin B-5 (Pantothenic Acid): This helps to lower the negative effects of stress and is vital for proper adrenal function. B-5 is helpful for adrenal fatigue, anxiety, acne, and insomnia and is also necessary for a healthy metabolism.
Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine): Helps regulate the nervous system and produce the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin. B-6 is important for the control of anxiety, depression, fatigue, irritability and mood swings.
B-6 helps to process fats and proteins and also helps to control cravings and weight gain that often arise when you stop smoking.
Vitamin B-7 (Biotin): Essential for the breaking down of nutritional carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Helps to stabilize blood sugar levels, strengthen hair and nails, as well as helping the body get rid of toxins.
Vitamin B-9 (Folic Acid): Folic Acid or Folate is essential for proper functioning of the nervous system and reducing the chances of birth defects. Folic acid supplements have been used to help treat depression and enhance antidepressant drugs.
Studies show that people who are lacking in folic acid do not respond as well to antidepressants, and it also plays a part in mood regulation. It lowers the effects of nicotine on the lungs and protects from cell damage which may contribute to getting cancer.
B-12 (Cobalmin): Vital for sustaining energy levels in the body. B-12 also helps to decrease cellular damage. It helps maintain a healthy digestive system. B-12 also protects against heart disease by decreasing and improving unhealthy cholesterol levels, protecting against high blood pressure and strokes.
It’s essential for healthy hair, skin, and nails. It helps in cell generation and the renewal of the skin. B-12 helps protect against cancers including breast, colon, lung, and prostate cancer. Heavy smokers, drinkers, and vegetarians tend to be deficient in B-12.
Choline: This crucial nutrient is used in our liver to avoid the build-up of fat, but its most important role is in supporting your brain. Choline is a precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine which helps with focus, memory and mental clarity.
Choline also reduces the stress hormone cortisol, which is raised by smoking. Elevated cortisol actually prunes the neurons of your brain’s memory center, which is part of why our memory tends to be worse when we are stressed.
Inositol: Helps with the metabolism of fats and cholesterol. Inositol is one of my favourite supplements for people who suffer from anxiety since it raises GABA levels which has a relaxing effect. It has also been shown to be beneficial for treating anxiety, depression, insomnia, PCOS and panic disorders.
IP6/Inositol has also been found to reverse cell damage in the airways of the lungs, turning precancerous cells back to healthy ones.
Dosage: B-50 Complex – 1 with breakfast and/or 1 with lunch, combined with any of the individual B Vitamins you feel would be beneficial for you personally.
Chromium Polynicotinate or Chromium GTF: Helps regulate blood sugar levels, reducing cravings and maintaining energy after quitting smoking. It aids in sugar absorption into cells, helping to prevent it from being stored as fat. Chromium can control appetite and reduce stress. Dosage: 200-500 mcg with food 2x a day.
L-Glutamine: Useful for reducing cravings for alcohol, cigarettes, sugar, and carbs. It aids in muscle building and blood sugar stabilization. L-Glutamine can also decrease anxiety and improve mental clarity, making it beneficial during smoking withdrawal. For the first 2-3 weeks after quitting, take 1000-2000 mg every 5 to 6 hours.
DO NOT USE IF YOU HAVE CANCER: Use caution with long-term use without regular exercise.
Dosage: 2000 mg before breakfast, lunch, and mid-afternoon as needed.
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