An article we published some time ago about smoking (http://www.xtend-life.com/Blog/11-09-21/The_Health_Benefits_of_Smoking.aspx) has generated a lot of interest. We continue to get questions about smoking and how our supplements and skincare products could benefit smokers or people who have smoked, so we’ve decided to do an update for you.
We know that smoking is the number one cause of preventable diseases and deaths worldwide and that has again been confirmed in the latest studies of the American Lung Association (http://www.lung.org/stop-smoking/about-smoking/health-effects/smoking.html).
Smoking is associated with a number of serious health issues in both men and women and harms almost every organ in the human body especially the heart and lungs. Less known health issues caused by smoking include but are not limited to the following: wrinkles, premature aging and even skin deterioration diseases including skin cancer and psoriasis.
Some other recent medical studies into the effects and mechanisms of smoking are covered below.
Smoking: the Leading Reason for Male Impotence and Sexual Problems
Male smokers are susceptible to impotency due to tobacco usage. Smoking has a direct effect on the coronary artery by narrowing the arterial blood and reducing the blood stream to other organs. The causes for impotence (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hc-ps/tobac-tabac/body-corps/disease-maladie/infertilit-eng.php#a2) may vary, but smoking is considered the major factor leading to sexual problems in men. To add more, it reduces the level of ejaculation and it influences the formation of sperm.
Sperm concentration, motility and morphology are also affected. Tobacco smokers show abnormal hormone levels, which have a negative impact on the fertility level. The good news is that, according to the study, it is possible to fully or partially recover erectile function by just quitting smoking and men who have reported losing their erections before orgasm have completely reversed this situation by quitting smoking.
Quitting Smoking Is Harder for Women in Comparison to Men
Studies show that women have a harder time in quitting smoking (http://archpsyc.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1151055
) in comparison to men. Even though the emotional and the habitual aspects of smoking are not related to nicotine itself, the psychological factors turn cigarettes into a stronger addiction. The findings are important because they show a difference in the main type of treatment for women smokers such as replacing nicotine with behavioral therapies, exercise and relaxation techniques.
Smoking Can Damage Women’s Health in Unique Ways
Women are more vulnerable to tobacco carcinogens and the cancer-causing effects of smoking (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/05/090503082340.htm
), according to a study shown at the European Multidisciplinary Conference in Thoracic Oncology (EMCTO). The many dangerous risks of smoking affect both genders, but men and women do face some type of unique effects (http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2811%2960781-2/fulltext#article_upsell
When it comes to women, studies have shown that female smokers have increased risks of developing cardiovascular diseases, especially when combined with oral contraceptive (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2204902
). Smoking also leads to cervical cancer, early menopause and bone fractures. The effects of tobacco inhalation show early damage to skin, leading to premature wrinkles, high skin sensitivity and even skin cancer. Smoking affects the skin (http://www.virtualmedicalcentre.com/healthandlifestyle/how-smoking-affects-skin-health/205
) by decreasing the capillary and the arteriolar blood flow, damaging the tissues that are responsible for maintaining elasticity.
The values of collagen and elastin in the skin tissues are modified by substances found in tobacco cigarettes, leading to wrinkles and even to the slowdown of wound healing and tissue recovery. Not only that, but effects are also visible in terms of skin color and skin tone, in psoriasis, skin lesions and skin carcinoma. Smoking also doubles women’s risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. Nicotine leads to irregular heartbeats, causing sudden cardiac problems.
An early conclusion can be that female smokers are more vulnerable to these risks even in terms of social smoking or passive smoking in comparison to women who do not smoke and do not expose themselves to smoke at all.
New Studies Show the Benefits of Supplements for Smokers
Nicotine transforms smoke cessation into an extremely difficult goal. And although quitting smoking is the most recommended solution, those who don’t, have to at least support their health with relevant supplement and skincare products as well as regular exercise.
Men concerned about sexual problems caused by smoking would benefit from supplements such as Male Rejuvenator and Omega 3 fish oil products (Omega 3 Fish Oil Supplements) and Total Balance Men's The fish oil has anti-inflammatory features, common in oxidative stress (http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/CoQ10-may-boost-semen-parameters-Study/ ) within the body.
And the effective blend of nutrients for men in Total Balance may promote a healthy, balanced level of testosterone in the male body
Women who smoke would benefit from the Omega 3/QH Ultra supplement. The ingredients contained in this supplement help maintain healthy cardiovascular system as this study is showing (http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/CoQ10-can-boost-heart-function-in-heart-failure-patients-Meta-analysis/
).. Astaxanthin, an ingredient which is included in our Omega3 Premium & Omega3 QH Ultra, also provides significant skin benefits: it increases the skin moisture while reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
Benefits Of A Proper Skincare Regimen For Smokers
Quitting smoking is the best way to arrest or avoid the visible signs of aging caused by smoking. But if that is not possible, then a proper skincare regimen will delay the onset of wrinkles and skin deterioration. A Day Cream that boost elastin and collagen regrowth in the skin is ideal for protecting the skin from wrinkles and fine lines during the day.
Ingredients like Xtend-TK, found in Age Defense Active Day Cream for women and Age Defense Active Facial Fluid for men, protect against such aging of the skin. Nano-Lipobelle H EQ10, found in the Women’s Night Cream and the Body Lotions for Men and Women, is a special ‘nano-emulsion’ form of CoenzymeQ10, which penetrates deeply into your skin. It has been shown in scientific studies to produce quite a dramatic anti-wrinkle effect. This is due to its ability to increase collagen and elastin production in the skin.
Eyeliss™ along with Haloxyl™ present in Eye Contour serum for men and women, contains peptides - small fragments of proteins, which are a vital part of the skin, and they affect collagen production and other vital skin functions and help reduce wrinkles from around the eyes as well as dark circles and puffiness.
All these ingredients and products help minimize the effects of smoking.