Although everyone knows that cigarettes are not healthy, a lot of people just will not stop smoking. It is usually not just a bad habit, but for most regular smokers, besides psychological dependence, the main problem is the nicotine addiction. Nicotine is a psychoactive substance, a plant pyridine alkaloid contained in tobacco. It has stimulating and relaxing effects, it is highly addictive and it acts in a similar way to other so-called hard drugs. Furthermore, there is a psychosocial dependence that manifests itself in the need to have a cigarette in hand, to manipulate it and to play with it. It is a dependency on a cigarette as an object, regardless of the effects of the substance.
When quitting nicotine, the individual suffers from anxiety, depression, insomnia, irritation, impaired concentration, sweating and headache, tremor and other symptoms. In smoking cessation, nicotine can be temporarily used in the form of patches, inhalations or chewing gum, or by smoking electronic cigarettes. However, there is another variant that helps to relieve addiction and is purely natural, and that is the use of stevia (Stevia rebaudiana).
Stevia is a white flowering, light-green tropical plant from the asteraceae family. It originally comes Paraguay. This plant is appreciated because of its healing effects and mainly because of its high sweetness. Stevia is mainly used as a sugar substitute and unlike sugar, stevia as a sweetener is almost non-caloric, does not contribute to dental caries and is also suitable for diabetics.
This herb helps to quit smoking by blocking the signals from the brain that induce a desire for nicotine (while also helping to treat alcohol addiction). If you are trying to quit, a few drops of stevia will suffice. Put a few drops on the tongue whenever you have a craving for a cigarette. This simple routine remarkably kills any desire to smoke. Previously, stevia was a scarce commodity, nowadays it is often sold in powder or liquid form.
However, there is one warning for men: its long-term and excessive consumption can reduce the amount of sperm.
In the European Union, stevia was approved for use in 2011 and is hidden under code E 960.