Do you smoke? How many times have you lit up a cigarette and said that ‘it helps’ well that is exactly what researchers are trying to say.

One may have already heard about the risks of smoking but now it seems nicotine can also save lives.

Research shows that smoking can help battle Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases as well as help in healing wounds, schizophrenia, ADHD and other hyperactivity disorders.

Dr Dan McGehee, a neurobiologist at the University of Chicago said, “A whole range of psychiatric conditions seem to be helped by nicotine. However, such benefits do not justify smoking. The lethal effects of cigarettes far outweigh any help they provide. On the other hand, our research does suggest that derivatives of nicotine, administered medically, could help to alleviate a range of psychiatric problems.”

Nicotine works to protect smokers as the number of  ‘nicotinic’ receptors in the brain increase which compensates for the loss of cells involved in Alzheimer’s and other such diseases.

Although smoking is considered dangerous, it is seen that smoking helps in fighting the dreadful diseases and in helping the patients remain healthy.

Nicotine is also considered useful in fighting diseases such as ulcerative colitis, Tourette’s Syndrome, and possibly rheumatoid arthritis and colorectal cancer.

New drugs from nicotine are still being processed and have not hit the market yet. It will be extremely interesting to see how it will benefit us and whether people will be willing to accept such drugs.

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