Stop Smoking to Relieve Anxiety and Depression


Most smokers will delay embarking on a plan to stop smoking if they feel stressed, anxious or depressed, or are facing difficulties in life, and feel smoking helps to cope with those feelings and situations.


Exciting new research shows depression, anxiety and stress decrease when people stop smoking. They also become more positive and have a better quality of life. The study showed mood improvements are just as great for people who have psychiatric disorders as those without.


The large study published in the prestigious British Medical Journal also said the effects of stopping smoking are “equal or larger than those of antidepressant treatment for mood and anxiety disorders”.


A number of strategies are often needed to stop smoking. Less widely known is how nutrition and herbal remedies help you to stop smoking. Smokers are likely to have low levels of important nutrients such as polyunsaturated fats (i.e. omega 3), protein, fibre, iron, beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium and the B vitamins. The reasons for this are twofold; smokers are more likely to have a poor diet, and cigarette smoking results in a deficiency of these nutrients.


If you have been struggling to stop smoking, attention to your diet and nutrient intake could be a key to success.

Tension during the initial stages of stopping smoking can be due to nicotine addiction; it may also be explained by low levels of omega 3 fatty acids, B vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium, iron and protein which are important to maintain good mental health. I suggest the Entire Katoa Food State supplements for the best absorption, in addition to dietary changes.


Relaxation techniques and herbal medicines tailored to your total health requirements are also used to help quit smoking.


Contact Bay Health Clinic today to find out more or to book a consultation with one of our Naturopaths; if needed they will also prepare tailored herbal medicines and recommend supplements to help you feel your best.  Call 07 571 3226 or email us:


Original Article March 2014

Copyright Jaine Kirtley