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It’s no secret that smoking tobacco (or consuming tobacco in any form, really) is bad for your health, nor is it any secret that quitting is highly advisable for a number of reasons. And as Vine Vera recently pointed out in another article, smoking is also incredibly bad for your skin, and contributes to discoloration, wrinkles, and premature aging of the skin.
So it’s pretty clear that if you smoke, you should really try to quit. We know it’s hard—tobacco products, especially cigarettes, are designed to be addictive, after all—but it’s worth it to put in the effort.
That said, what about difficulties after you’ve successfully quit? Quitting can be extremely hard, but you might think that once you’ve successfully done it and aren’t going back, you’ve got little to worry about, right? Unfortunately, that’s not always the case, and while you’ve done a great thing for your health and for your skin by kicking the tobacco habit, the damage you’ve already done to your lungs and skin deserves attention. Thankfully, there are things you can do to help, and in particular, loading up on the right vitamins can really help you repair the damage left by your old habit, and Vine Vera is going to tell you which vitamins can help and how.
Smoking cigarettes puts a hell of a lot of oxidative stress on your lung tissues by increasing the amount of free radicals present in the tissue. This, of course, can be countered with antioxidants, which will prevent further oxidation and lower the concentration of free radicals, giving the tissues a chance to heal. There are many antioxidants that can help do this, such as the resveratrol found in red wine, but a helpful vitamin that also happens to be a powerful antioxidant is vitamin C. Generally, about 500 mg a day of vitamin C is ideal for maintaining high tissue saturation levels, but because the vitamin is water soluble, it’s pretty hard to overdose.
One serious risk when smoking or shortly after quitting is the development of lung tumors. Vitamin E facilitates good communication between your cells, which is a big boon when it comes to preventing such tumors, because it helps to prevent the fatal communication errors that ultimately result in uncontrolled cell division, causing tumors. Do note, though, that while elevated vitamin E levels can be quite helpful to a point, overdoses can carry severe side-effects, sometimes even brain damage, so carefully read the labels of any vitamin E-containing supplements and don’t take more than recommended.
The whole complex of B vitamins are helpful for maintaining good energy levels, but B-6 in particular is known to help synthesize neurotransmitters. Research is finding that this vitamin also plays a role in preventing lung cancer, something smokers and recent quitters ought to be concerned about.
In moderate doses that stay at or below the recommended daily value, vitamin A has a number of health benefits. However, taking large amounts of the vitamin has actually been shown to increase your risk of developing lung cancer, so be careful; even in the long-term, it’s recommended you watch your daily intake and avoid high doses.