Question: I am trying to quit smoking. Will any supplements help?
Answer: Yes. In a recent study, an omega-3 supplement helped heavy smokers (an average of 14 cigarettes a day) cut back by 11% after one month. Smokers who took omega-3 supplements (which included 2.7 g of eicosapentanoic acid and 2 g of docohexaenoic acid) daily reported fewer cravings for cigarettes. Cigarette smoking reduces levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the brain, which damages nerve cells and interrupts brain activity that controls cravings. Caution: Talk to your doctor first, especially if you take a blood thinner—omega-3 supplements may interact with it.