Ingredients in Quit Nutrition
Quit Nutrition is a multivitamin that is specifically designed to support the health of smokers. It has additional vitamins, minerals, and herbs, to supplement the typical nutritional deficiencies found in smokers.
Quit Nutrition Is A Full Multivitamin
Here are the specific vitamins, minerals, and herbs that are important for smokers.
Smoking also introduces a significant number of free radical into the bloodstream. Vitamin C is one of the bodies main antioxidants, causing a direct depletion of this vitamin in the blood. Vitamin C helps repair all tissues in the body from skin of liver cells. Since Vitamin C also helps boost immunity, this is why smokers tend to be sicker on average than non smokers. Each cigarette depletes the body of 25 mg of Vitamin C, weakening the immune system.
Vitamin E is one of the main vitamins used in cellular repair, building red blood cells, and boosting the immune system. Vitamin E is an antioxidant and a big defense, especially to the lungs from inhaled pollutants. Smoking depletes vitamin E from the tissues in the body. Damage done by smoking to the arterial walls causes the body to use extra vitamin E to repair the arteries. Smoking also causes damage to the lungs, throat, and many other body tissues, causing much vitamin E to be required. Researchers have shown these low levels of vitamin E can be correlated with higher rates of cancer.
When there are too many free radicals and not enough antioxidants, the body goes through something called oxidative stress. Oxidative stress leads to serious health risks such as heart disease. Smoking causes this because of the frequent and high number of toxins introduced to the body regularly through tobacco smoke.
Besides the additional toxins from smoking, the lack of oxygen, due to the carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke, causes the body to react and release stress hormones, such as cortisol. Nicotine causes spikes in blood pressure and the release of stress hormones. The body then needs to use available B vitamins for the production of energy, metabolizing of food, and to counteract the stress.
Lung cells need vitamin A to remain healthy. Vitamin A plays an important role in cellular, reproductive and visual health and has antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are protective molecules that neutralize harmful free radical molecules from damaging cells.
There is some controversy around vitamin A (beta carotene) for smokers, because of a study that showed an increase in lung cancer among smokers taking beta carotene supplements. However, many flaws have been found in this study.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an enzyme found in every cell in the body, similar to a vitamin. The body makes CoQ10, and cells use it to produce energy your body needs for cell growth and maintenance. It is also aids in blood flow to the brain, protects heart tissue, and acts as an antioxidant for every cell in the body.
Prescription medications such as cholesterol lowering medications have been shown to lower levels of CoQ10. And low levels of CoQ10 are associated with poor immune health and cancer, which is why it is important to supplement for smokers.
Adaptogens greatly improve your body’s ability to adapt to stress. Stress can cause the derailment of a smoking cessation plan, so it is important to keep it managed. These herbs will help with the stress symptoms. Stress causes elevated levels of cortisol. Elevated cortisol levels and chronic stress can affect every physiological system in your body, including your thyroid and adrenal glands.
These herbs help balance, restore and protect the body. In Quit Nutrition we have added: Ginseng, eleuthero, and maca.