Omega-3s Help To Quit Smoking!

Eating Omega-3 supplements daily will help you quit smoking! Now, that is indeed a great news for all those people out there who really want to quit this habit of smoking but cannot.

It has been reported that taking Omega 3 supplements will reduce nicotine cravings and decrease the number of cigarettes smoked per day, according to a study done recently.

The substances and medications used currently to help people reduce and quit smoking are not very effective and cause adverse effects that are not easy to cope with. The findings of this study indicated that omega-3, an inexpensive and easily available dietary supplement with almost no side effects, reduces smoking significantly,” says study author Dr Sharon Rabinovitz Shenkar, head of the addictions programme at the University of Haifa’s school of criminology department and of the psychopharmacology laboratory at Bar-Ilan.

Smoking is a very bad habit as stated by the people in the country. Public smoking is even banned in many of the countries. It reduces essential fatty acids in the brain, most notably omega-3s which can lead to brain cell damage, according to the study. It also interrupts neurotransmission in areas of the brain associated with pleasure and satisfaction, according to the study.

Adding on, Dr Sharon said, “Earlier studies have proven that an imbalance in omega-3 is also related to mental health, depression and the ability to cope with pressure and stress. Pressure and stress, in turn, are associated with the urge to smoke. It is also known that stress and tension levels rise among people who quit smoking. Despite all this, the connection between all these factors had not been studied until now.”

Dr. Rabinovitz Shenkar tried this study with people aged 18 to 45 who smoked at least 10 cigarettes per day and an average of 14 cigarettes per day. Their average age was 29 and they had all started smoking before age 18, meaning they had each been smoking for an average of 11 years! The participants were not told to stop smoking at anytime during the study. One month after they stopped taking their supplements and placebos, their nicotine cravings hadn’t returned to baseline. The study was published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.

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