I would imagine the negative stigma around nicotine comes from the unfavorable opinion of tobacco-related products. Nicotine is often condemned, since it is almost always affiliated with smoking and, as we know, cigarettes are indisputably bad for you. But, is nicotine as a lone-ranger, inherently bad?
Now, it goes without saying, if you don’t have to introduce a potentially addictive substance to your body, you probably shouldn’t. That includes caffeine, sugar, MSG, and whatever else you can think of that could be considered a vice. BUT! Did you know, nicotine by itself can actually present certain health benefits?
That’s right, this misunderstood compound, “has recently been under the scope of research examining its beneficial role in ADHD, anxiety disorders, depression, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, dementia, and even cognitive performance in the general population.” (Original Source Here) Who knew, right?
Nicotine has been proven to increase productivity, creativity, and alertness in the general population (assuming a relatively low dose is consumed). It has also been shown to improve fine motor skills, as well as both short/long-term memory. That sounds awfully similar to the stimulant in coffee, caffeine, which thousands (if not millions) of people consume without condemnation on a daily basis.
There is an additional benefit offered by nicotine on its own that is rarely talked about because it’s actually rather ironic. According to a study done in 2009 by the Barrow Neurological Institute in Arizona and Ningxia People’s Hospital in China,
“Nicotine has been shown to alter immune responses by decreasing inflammation, decreasing the antibody-forming cell response of splenocytes, decreasing proliferation of peripheral blood mononuclear cells, regulating lymphocytes, macrophages, DC, and affecting the secretion of cytokines of lymphocytes.”
The reason I say this finding is “ironic” is due to the fact the most common method of nicotine consumption is via tobacco cigarettes. Cigarettes have been known to increase inflammation, therefore negating this particular benefit of nicotine by itself. You can read more about that here.
Are there plenty of cons to nicotine consumption? Absolutely. In large quantity, it can cause a significant increase in heart rate, dizziness, nausea, and if far too much is consumed – you can overdose, and it could cause death. It is also extremely addictive, and that should be taken into account no matter what nicotine is being used for.
At the end of the day, maybe it’s due time more research is done on how nicotine can be beneficial instead of always being cast in a negative light.
What do you think?
* DISCLAIMER: I am by no means encouraging you to ingest nicotine if you are not already using it on your own. This is simply to shed light on a primary ingredient used in most e-juice. *
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