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It's time to quit

It's time to quit

Nikki Gray


I started getting B vitamin shots weekly about 3 years ago. I was still smoking at the time. Smoking was definitely my biggest vice and even though I have always taken pretty good care of myself I would always revert back to smoking. I would quit for six months, or a year, and then it would be back to chain smoking for a few months. I'm talking at least a pack a day, when I would smoke I would go for it. There was no one cigarette a week for me, it was all or nothing. But something strange happened after I started getting these shots. I wasn't getting the same buzz as I used to when I would smoke a cigarette. I still kept doing it for awhile out of habit but I just wasn't feeling the cigarettes anymore. It's not that I didn't want to smoke, I did at the time, but I soon found out why my body wasn't responding to the nicotine like it had before. The reason? Niacin. Niacin is a B vitamin(vitamin B3). It's scientific name is nicotinic acid. Even though it sounds like it and there have been some arguments about their molecular structure being similar, it is not related to nicotine. Many people have used niacin to help them quit smoking successfully. One reason is that deficiencies in B3(niacin) have been shown to increase cigarette cravings. All I know is that when I did decide to quit smoking for good I took niacin orally along with getting my weekly shots. That was over a year ago and I honestly don't think I could have done it without niacin, it made a huge difference.

Taking niacin orally creates a "flush". Usually 20 or 30 minutes after ingesting it your face, neck and chest will turn a bit red and you may feel a little itchy or "prickly". Some people don't like the feeling of the niacin flush, I actually love it. Your whole body gets warm and kind of tingly, I think it's quite an exciting and refreshing feeling. Whether you like it or not it only lasts a few minutes. When using niacin to help you quit smoking always go with the flush version. The non-flush niacin will not give you the same results. You should start small, 100 mg, and slowly get up to 500 mg or 1000 mg. I take 1000 mg an hour before bed because it relaxes me and I feel it makes me sleep better. It is also recommended to take a daily B complex supplement to make sure your other B vitamins are not depleted. 

There are many other amazing benefits of niacin

*Niacin has been shown to lower cholesterol.

*It has been shown to improve depression.

*Niacin promotes clear, healthy skin and hair growth.

*Helps diminish alcohol cravings.

*Decreases risk of heart disease.

*Has been shown to diminish the risk of Alzheimer's, cataracts, osteoarthritis, and type-1 diabetes.

*Niacin is beneficial for the digestive system as well as the nervous system.

*Helps your body rid itself of toxins.

*Niacin boosts libido and leads to more intense orgasms. 


*Adrenal and thyroid desiccate

*Vitamin C


I would like to point out a lot of people have adrenal issues when they quit smoking. Your body is used to having this stimulant, nicotine, everyday and once it doesn't get it anymore your energy levels can plummet. At least in the beginning, the first few weeks are usually the hardest. This is why I recommend taking a thyroid and adrenal desiccate supplement(I like American Biologics version) and take plenty of vitamin C daily(Ester C is preferred). The highest concentration of vitamin C in the human body is in the adrenal glands, that being said, your adrenal glands need plenty of vitamin C to function properly. Smoking is one of the quickest ways for you to deplete your body of it's vitamin C. Almost all smokers are low in vitamin C. One cigarette depletes 75 grams of vitamin C so if you're smoking a pack a day that is 1,500 grams of vitamin C a day you're losing! It is essential to replenish your vitamin C levels after quitting smoking not only because they are most likely very low but also because your adrenals are going to need plenty of C since they will be working over-time after quitting. The 3 must haves for quitting smoking are: niacin(the flush kind), Ester-C or vitamin C, and adrenal and thyroid desiccate supplements. These will help immensely and improve your chances of staying away from cigarettes for good this time. And remember, the first two weeks are the hardest, but stay strong and get through it! Make 2015 the year you finally quit!!

Nikki Gray CNC

If you live in the Los Angeles area and are interested in B vitamin shots, Accesa Health is the place to go. I love it because you don't have to make an appointment and not only do their shots contain all the B vitamins, they also contain some extremely beneficial amino acids. I've heard there are some walk in type B vitamin shots at some health food places in LA but Accesa is extremely sanitary, the shots are administered by nurses and there is always a doctor on the premises. It is also the only place in the area where I can find a shot with the combination of all the B vitamins and extremely important amino acids and nutrients(methionine, l-carnitine, choline). I get the B12 and lipotropic shot once a week with B7(biotin) and B9(folic acid) added. 

Accesa Health(310-606-3877)  21730 S. Vermont, suite 131. Torrance CA 90502