It’s no secret that cigarettes are bad for you…to put it mildly. And while every message out there is “quit, quit, quit” it is not that simple. Nicotine is as addictive as alcohol and opioids like morphine and heroin.
While quitting is a noble goal and one well worth working toward, this year, start by working on cutting back and offsetting some of the damage that smoking can cause to your body.
To this end, think resveratrol and green tea. According to a study published in 2011 in The International Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, resveratrol—the much-touted antioxidant found in red wine—has been found to reduce the damage caused by cigarette smoke.
Researchers credit this benefit to resveratrol’s ability to fight free radical damage. Ditto for green tea. This inflammation-fighting, antioxidant powerhouse not only eases the damage of smoking, but has even been shown to help nix those cravings for nicotine.
Aim for 40-80 mg of resveratrol and 200-400 mg of green tea extract, standardized to 90% polyphenols, with 30% EGCG.