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Supplements for an ex-smoker?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 08, 2012 at 1:06 PM

After 10-15 years of on and off smoking, I'm done done done. We're getting ready to start a family, and with the switch to paleo, I'm focusing on healing my body after all the damage I've done. Are there any supplements or foods I should focus on to help clean my body from all the cigarettes?

I'm currently taking fish oil (switching to fermented fish oil as soon as this bottle is gone), standard prenatal, Vitamin D for supplements, but also having 3 pieces of pickled herring and about 1/2 cup of blueberries every day.

I read that smoking turns off the MTHFR gene, does just quitting turn this back on or is there anything else I should be doing?

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Definitely, raney!

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I think it's worth being cognizant of one's copper intake, if supplementing zinc. Eating a serving of heart or liver once every week or two should suffice. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1739637/pdf/v076p00750.pdf

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Congratulations on your great decision!

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Welcome Danielle!

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Congrats!

Pregnancy coach here. I generally suggest that moms-to-be skip the prenatal & supplement separately, but do what works for you. I also recommend krill oil supplements, rather than fish oil or CLO.

Cellular repair is key, so suggesting foods/supplements that support this. This article may be interesting.

Vitamin C! 20o0mg-4000 mg spread out over the day until you get pregnant, then no more than 2000 mg/day during pregnancy.

Also, do a zinc tally test & see if you are zinc deficient. If so, eat oysters (BPA-free canned are fine) 2-3x a week or take 50 mg zinc picolinate for a few months and retest.

Magnesium glycinate 200-400 mg before bed.

B-multi like NOW B-50 could be helpful, or even better eat liver 2x/week that way you can get your A, folate and b-vitamins in one package.

This blog post may be helpful and I have a blog post on fertility nutrition coming out soon.

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on March 08, 2012
at 08:26 PM

Definitely, raney!

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on March 08, 2012
at 04:49 PM

I think it's worth being cognizant of one's copper intake, if supplementing zinc. Eating a serving of heart or liver once every week or two should suffice. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1739637/pdf/v076p00750.pdf

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Good job! I quit just over a year ago and it's been very rewarding.

Here's a quick read you might find helpful:

Monitoring micronutrients in cigarette-smokers.

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