It is easy for the doctor to advise you that you have to throw away the cigarettes. However, the fact is that is not easy to stop smoking. If it is not a matter of life or death, most of the smokers will sooner or later return to this vice after the break.
With all due respect to the exceptions, a large number of doctors belong to the group of chronic and heavy smokers. When your doctor, who is a smoker, tells you to throw away the cigarettes, tell them to do the same thing, or to educate themselves about the work of the immune system, and to find a way to minimize the harmful effects of the smoke from the cigarettes. We do not want to support the use of tobacco products, but there are ways to significantly reduce the harmful effects of smoking and involuntary breathing of the smoke of the cigarettes. We say: “reduce, but not eliminate”.
Why Vitamin C?
Essential for good health, the vitamin C supports many important functions in the body.
First of all, it is essential in the synthesis of the collagen. The collagen is the most abundant structural protein in the body and it is essential in the maintaining of the good health and strength of the teeth, muscles, bones, skin and blood vessels. Without sufficient amounts of vitamin C, there is no adequate collagen.
In addition, we need vitamin C in order to destroy the effects of the free radicals, prevent the oxidation of the fats and regenerate other antioxidants. This part is very important for the smokers. Vitamin C binds to the free radicals in the body caused by the nicotine and the smoke of the cigarettes and eliminates them from the body.
It has been calculated in the laboratories that for the elimination of the free radicals from one smoked cigarette, it takes about 25 milligrams of vitamin C. For 10 cigarettes it takes 250 milligrams, for one pack, 500 milligrams and so on.
These are the necessary amounts for the smokers, according to the regular needs of the organism for vitamin C. Almost the same amounts are also needed for the so-called passive smokers or second hand smokers, that is, people who often stay in closed rooms with smokers.
Even the most non-smokers suffer from a chronic lack of vitamin C. Almost 100% of the smokers have a chronic lack of sufficient amounts of vitamin C.
About the actual needs of the organism for vitamin C you can read here.
Taking extra amounts of vitamin C will only reduce the effects of the smoking but it will not eliminate them completely.
The vitamin C is a cofactor or a base for many enzyme systems that are part of important processes, such as, biosynthesis of hormones and ATP synthesis in mitochondria.
The vitamin C helps in the metabolism of proteins and fats.
The vitamin C helps in the maintaining of a strong and healthy immune system.
The vitamin C is necessary for the synthesis of carnitine, interferon and prostaglandin E1.