How to quit smoking - Food for the Brain

How to quit smoking

We know you smoke and obviously you know it’s not good for you. With a trillion oxidants per puff you’d have to eat a lot of antioxidant rich foods to counteract this effect. As a crude measure, every cigarette smoked consumes about 25mg of vitamin C. So, if you smoke 10 a day you certainly need to supplement 2.5 grams a day to counteract this.

But the real reason for this email is that if you would like to quit, but have failed in the past, probably due to the pangs of withdrawal fuelled desire and habit, we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeve that might make it a lot easier. After all, would you quit if you didn’t have to experience abstinence symptoms you experienced last time you tried?

Did you know, for example, that vitamin B3 (called niacin or nicotinic acid) reduces craving for tobacco, as does vitamin C? Here’s an extract from a case study: “ To quit smoking, I chose a time when I had no tobacco in the house. My lungs hurt and I was motivated. From the local pharmacy, I purchased some Vitamin C and Niacin – both very cheap. I chose the B3 “flush” variety – and proceeded to load up with both. For three days, every time I went to urinate, I took 500 units of Vitamin C (one pill, 500 mg) and 100 to 250 mg of Niacin. I experienced some uncomfortable itchy skin flushing, but nothing too painful. I was delighted to find that Vitamin C detoxed my body, and I had no craving for nicotine. They say that after 3 days, nicotine is no longer in your system, and I have never smoked again.”

Read the Report ‘How to Quit Cigarettes’ in the Cognition Library.