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Can Omega 3 help you to stop or cut down smoking?
The Daily Mail has reproduced an article about how Omega 3 can help you stop smoking as it helps the body cope with cravings.
A study was conducted in Europe, where some smokers were given Omega 3 and some were given dummy (placebo) pills to see how it affected their smoking habits. It was found that the smokers taking Omega 3 supplements reduced their cigarette consumption by 11% which is the equivalent of about 2 fewer cigarettes per day. This is because smoking is known to reduce the levels of Omega 3 in the brain, which may result in difficulty for the body to deal with cravings.
It should be noted that the dose of Omega 3 taken in the study was higher than that recommended in the UK.
As with all vitamins and minerals, the body will absorb what it needs and a balanced diet should provide an individual with sufficient amounts. If you do not eat food rich in Omega 3 and are thinking of reducing or quitting your smoking then a supplement could be useful.
Where can high levels of Omega 3 be found?
Fish, particularly oily fish
Nuts and seeds
Sunflower and olive oils
Weldricks Pharmacy offers a wide range of vitamins and supplements, some of which contain Omega 3.
Weldricks also offers a range of Smoking Cessation products which are licensed to help smokers quit as well as electronic cigarettes, whilst still containing nicotine do not have the other toxins found in tobacco products.