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Vitamins And Smoking Cessation

If you have recently quit smoking, or if you are getting ready to embark on a smoking cessation program ?congratulations! You have taken the first steps to improved health and a longer, happier life. Years of smoking can take quite a toll on your physiology and appearance. Among other things, excessive smoking causes the production of harmful free radicals in the body. But it is possible to reverse some of this damage, and vitamins play a big part in the healing process. Antioxidants found in many vitamin compounds can eliminate free radical activity and restore your body to a healthy state. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that everyone needs to stay healthy, but smokers have a special need for this compound. Smoking depletes the body of ascorbic acid, so a smoker will need up to three times more Vitamin C than the average non-smoker. Vitamin C also helps your body absorb iron, which means more oxygen in your blood stream. This vitamin even counteracts atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, caused by smoke inhalation. Smoking can cause bone loss associated with aging to happen at an accelerated rate. It’s common knowledge that calcium works to prevent bone loss, but did you know Vitamin C improves your ability to absorb and use calcium? Good sources of Vitamin C include citrus fruit, broccoli, strawberries and cabbage. Folic acid is another important vitamin compound, especially for smokers. This is a B-complex vitamin, and is crucial for lung health. Studies have shown that increasing folic acid intake can reduce symptoms of bronchitis and other lung-related maladies. Get your folic acid via orange juice or fortified cereal. Smoking also depletes the body’s Vitamin E supply. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that offers protection from dangerous free radicals and can help the body rebuild. In fact, research even indicates that Vitamin E can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. Sources of natural Vitamin E include oils, nuts, seeds, liver, and clams.

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Medicare beneficiaries’ choice of supplemental insurance plans (Health policy research series)

Medicare beneficiaries' choice of supplemental insurance plans (Health policy research series)
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Medigap: Prevalence, premiums, and opportunities for reform (NHPF issue brief)

Medigap: Prevalence, premiums, and opportunities for reform (NHPF issue brief)
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AARP Medigap premium increases, 1996 (SuDoc GA 1.13:HEHS-96-119 R)

AARP Medigap premium increases, 1996 (SuDoc GA 1.13:HEHS-96-119 R)
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Guide to health insurance for people with Medicare (SuDoc HE 22.8:H 34/)

Guide to health insurance for people with Medicare (SuDoc HE 22.8:H 34/)
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2001 guide to health insurance for people with medicare : choosing a Medigap policy, to supplement the original Medicare plan : new! 6 easy steps to buying a Medigap policy (SuDoc HE 22.8/17:2001)

2001 guide to health insurance for people with medicare : choosing a Medigap policy, to supplement the original Medicare plan : new! 6 easy steps to buying a Medigap policy (SuDoc HE 22.8/17:2001)
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Medigap premiums for standardized plans that cover prescription drugs (SuDoc GA 1.13:HEHS-00-70 R)

Medigap premiums for standardized plans that cover prescription drugs (SuDoc GA 1.13:HEHS-00-70 R)
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Medigap insurance : plans are widely available but have limited benefits and may have high costs : report to congressional committees (SuDoc GA 1.13:GAO-01-941)

Medigap insurance : plans are widely available but have limited benefits and may have high costs : report to congressional committees (SuDoc GA 1.13:GAO-01-941)
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Original publisher: Washington, D.C. : The Office, [2001] OCLC Number: (OCoLC)48131917 Subject: Health insurance — United States. Excerpt: … expensive. Outside of the initial or special open-enrollment periods, access to any Medigap plan could depend on the individual’s health, the insurer’s 19 willingness to offer coverage, and states ‘ laws. Further, beneficiaries whose employer terminates their health coverage or whose Medicare + Choice plan withdraws from the program are only guaranteed access to Medigap plans A, B, C, and F, which do not offer prescription drug coverage. Medicare beneficiaries can change Medigap policies, but may be… [Read More]

Medigap fraud and abuse : how can communities stop these problems? : a briefing (SuDoc Y 4.Ag 4/2:M 46/40)

Medigap fraud and abuse : how can communities stop these problems? : a briefing (SuDoc Y 4.Ag 4/2:M 46/40)
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Medigap insurance: Effects of the Catastrophic Coverage Act of 1988 on benefits and premiums : statement of Michael Zimmerman, Director, Medicare and Medicaid … Protection, and Competitiveness (Testimony)

Medigap insurance: Effects of the Catastrophic Coverage Act of 1988 on benefits and premiums : statement of Michael Zimmerman, Director, Medicare and Medicaid ... Protection, and Competitiveness (Testimony)
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