Little know health benefits of Nicotine
The media and the anti-smoking campaigns have done a great job convincing most people, including smokers, that smoking and nicotine is harmful. However, contrary to popular belief, nicotine is not all bad for you.
Researchers have long been aware that fewer smokers get Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases than non-smokers. This research has taught us more about how nicotine affects the brain and the body, and recent research indicates that nicotine can improve the symptoms of depression.
Nicotine increases the brain’s level of acetylcholine and glutamate, as well as stimulates cholinergic neurons. The stimulation of the cholinergic neurons results in increased levels of dopamine in the reward circuits of the brain that are responsible for the apparent euphoria and relaxation sensations.
Also worth noting, nicotine releases endorphins, which is your body’s natural “pain medication.”
So, a nicotine user experiences better attentiveness, learning and retention skills, stronger bonds between neurons, and an elevated mood.
In future articles we will present other health benefits of cigar smoking, including information about other diseases for which nicotine appears to be protective such as ulcerative colitis, Tourette’s Syndrome, and possibly rheumatoid arthritis and colorectal cancer.
Researchers and biotech companies are quietly developing pharmaceuticals, derived from Tobacco plants that are decidedly good for brains, bowels, blood vessels and even immune systems.