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How Nutrients Can Help Repair Damage Done By Smoking

stop smokingIf you have recently quit smoking, or if you are getting ready to embark on a smoking cessation program – congratulations! You have taken the first steps to improved health and a longer, happier life.

Years of smoking can take quite a toll on your physiology and appearance. Among other things, excessive smoking causes the production of harmful free radicals in the body.  According to scientists;

Free radicals damage contributes to the etiology of many chronic health problems such as cardiovascular and inflammatory disease, cataract, and cancer. Antioxidants prevent free radical induced tissue damage by preventing the formation of radicals, scavenging them, or by promoting their decomposition.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3249911/

 

Although it is better never to have created an overabundance of free radicals by smoking, it may be possible to reverse some of the free radical damage with whole foods or whole food supplements containing high-quality vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants etc.  Antioxidants in particular found in many vitamin compounds can help detoxify and reduce free radical activity.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that everyone needs to stay healthy, but smokers have a special need for this compound. Smoking depletes the body of ascorbic acid, so a smoker will need up to three times more Vitamin C than the average non-smoker. Vitamin C also helps your body absorb iron, which means more oxygen in your blood stream. 

Smoking can cause bone loss at an accelerated rate. Calcium is one of the minerals that works to prevent bone loss, but did you know Vitamin C improves your ability to absorb and use calcium?

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Top 8 Vitamin C rich foods

1) Oranges
2) Red peppers
3) Kale
4) Brussels sprouts
5) Broccoli
6) Strawberries
7) Grapefruit
8) Guava

Folate is another important vitamin compound, especially for smokers. Folate is part of the B vitamin family, and is crucial for lung health. Studies have shown that increasing folic acid intake can reduce symptoms of bronchitis, COPD and other lung-related maladies.

Top 10 Folate Rich Foods

1) Garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
2) Liver
3) Pinto beans
4) Lentils
5) Spinach
6) Asparagus
7) Avocado
8) Beets
9) Black eyed peas
10) Broccoli

 

Smoking also depletes the body’s Vitamin E supply. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that offers protection from dangerous free radicals and can help the body rebuild. In lung tissue, vitamin E is one of the first lines of defense against the free radicals generated by cigarette smoke.

In fact, research even indicates that Vitamin E can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. 

Top 10 Vitamin E Rich Foods 

1) Almonds
2) Spinach
3) Sweet Potato
4) Avocado
5) Wheat germ
6) Sunflower seeds
7) Palm Oil
8) Butternut squash
9) Trout
10) Olive oil


In addition to eating a well-balanced diet, many doctors and rehabilitation specialists recommend that smokers and ex-smokers take a *good multivitamin supplement to help the body recoup the lost nutrients from smoking and to help heal from the devastating effects of smoking. I highly recommend BTT2.0Beyond Tangy Tangerine 2.0 for starters. Beyond Tangy Tangerine 2.0 is the most advanced multi-vitamin mineral complex to date that provides you the highest quality essential nutrients that your body needs for optimal health. Synergizing cofactors ensure maximum nutrient absorption and benefits.

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Sources: 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20199994
http://www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/smoking-and-osteoporosis#1
http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2005/apr/vitamin-e-loss-through-smoking-increases-health-risks

 

To Your Great Health!

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Holistic Health Warrior

More Thoughts from Mellisa

Question: What are you without an immune system?
Answer: You are dead.

As morbid as it may sound, it’s true. When your immune system is weak you will get sick. When your immune system completely fails you will die.

If I could show you a way to boost your Natural Killer Cells by up to 437%, would you be interested in hearing more? Of course you would.

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