I won’t tell you to stop smoking, since I assume that you’re all grown-ups who, as of now, don’t want to quit!
Does that mean that our fate is sealed? That we’ll grow old and fall apart sooner than expected?
If we don’t do something about it right now, it’s safe to say that’ll happen.
Our health as smokers can also be improved!
Can Active smokers improve their health?
An active smoker is prone to numerous other disorders that are all set to engulf his already short life.
An active smoker is susceptible to various infections, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, renal impairment, diabetes mellitus, infertility, hyperlipidemia, digestive disorders, and so forth.
If you choose to stick to your addiction or your addiction chooses to stick to you, here are six versatile herbs that are fully equipped to support your body in maximizing damage reduction.
|Herb||Benefit||Benefit to smoker|
|Crataegus (Hawthorn)||Attenuates respiratory diseases||Decreases airways inflammation|
|Reduces the chances of attaining Cardiovascular diseases.||Decreased chances of atherosclerosis Decreased chances of narrowing of arteriesDecreased chances of hypertensionLess chance of experiencing stroke|
|Aid is digestion||Minimizes the chances of suffering from GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)Lessens the chances of suffering peptic ulcer|
|Diabetes Mellitus||Keeps FBG and HbA1C in a normalized ratio to keep glucose levels from soaring|
|Subsides infertility||Increases sperm countIncreases sperm motilityImproves morphology of sperm|
|Negates hyperlipidemia||Keeps cholesterol, HDL and LDL levels normalized.|
|Astragalus||Reduces Cardiovascular diseases||Helping hand for a failing heartIncreases ejection of fraction of left ventricleMaintains volume of blood|
|Diabetes Mellitus[7-12]||Postpones the onset of DM Type 1Attenuates insilitis and apoptotic β-cell massElevates proliferation of pancreatic β-cellsImproves impaired glucose toleranceRestores insulin sensitivity|
|Wards off renal impairments||Curtails proteinuriaAmeliorates hemoglobin and serum albumin levels|
|Boosts immunity||Keep infections like pneumonia, influenza and other viral and bacterial diseases at bay.|
|Abates upper respiratory tract infections (URTI)||Reduces the incidence of upper respiratory tract infections (URTI)|
|Ashwagandha||Repels mental health disorders||Paradoxically negates the depressive effects of nicotine.Treats sleeplessnessTreats nicotine induced anxietyAmeliorates concentration and focus|
|Reduces respiratory diseases||Decreases the incidence of respiratory diseases|
|Curtails hyperlipidemia||Reduce the levels of triglycerides, LDL and cholesterol Increases the level of HDL|
|Diabetes Mellitus||Helpful in inducing hypoglycemia|
|Fenugreek||Anti-heartburn||Reduces heart burn due to smoking|
|Hypertension||It reduces systolic blood pressure which aids in normalizing the overall blood pressure|
|Wards off signs of infertility[22-23]||Increase testosterone levelsImproves sex driveIncreases strengthRelieves other disorders that are mediated by the release of testosterone|
|Hepatoprotective||Reduces liver cell death|
|Galactagogue||Increases milk supply|
|Milk Thistle||Bone protectant||Increases the osteoblast cell count and absorption of calcium that gets hindered by nicotine|
|Neuroprotective[27, 28, 29]]||Reduces the risk of receiving a neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s|
|Anticancer||Its chemotherapeutic and chemopreventive effects hamper proliferation of cancer cells in lung, liver, bladder, and so forth.|
|Hepatoprotective||Aids in treatment of various liver diseases such as cirrhosis and tapers down the production of inflammatory mediators.|
|Galactagogue||Increases milk supply|
|Black seeds (Nigella sativa)||Decreases the incidence of lower respiratory tract illnesses (LRTI)[31, 32, 33]||Aids in treating Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), inflammation of airways, asthmatic attacks, and tonsillipharyngitis.|
|Hepatoprotective[34, 35, 36]||Decreases the death toll of hepatocytes.Reduces the chances of suffering ischemic reperfusion injuryLowers oxidative stress brought about by nicotineReduce the chances of hepatitis|
|Diabetes Mellitus[37, 38]||Decreases Fasting Blood Glucose (FBG), Post-prandial glucose and HbA1C.|
|Aids in dyslipidemia||Curtail the levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL and upgrades the synthesis of HDL.|
|Immunizer||Markedly boosts immune system to ward off the infections to which the smokers are usually prone to.|
|Rheumatoid arthritis||It lessens the swelling of joints but usually quitting smoking is the best way out of it.|
|Anticancer||Reportage of efficacy against lung cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, colon and cervical cancer.|
It should be acknowledged that smoking is highly condemned and is not appreciated in any way.
Special restriction is applied for lactating mothers. No matter how far these aforementioned herbs can go to treat smoking-related disorders, but a lactating must not consider these herbs and smoking for granted as transmittance and transition of harmful chemical through milk to baby can bring about severe devastation to baby’s health.
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