I've heard one or two people talk about the benefits of nicotine, and on today's podcast Dan Hurley brought up the issue as well. I haven't searched through any of the scientific literature yet (mainly because it's already midnight and I'll be up until 5am if I start now) but I'm curious to get other people's thoughts on using nicotine as a supplement.
Honestly, I'm not even clear on it's purported benefits but I've heard that it's a powerful anti-oxidant, can apparently affect the onset of Parkinson's disease, and can somehow help cognitive function. But then there is that pesky side effect called addiction.
So has anyone else played around with this? I'm obviously not going to start smoking but nicotine lozenges might be a viable option. Heck, even electronic cigarettes (AKA vaping) might be an option but I don't know that I want to go down that road and I think lozenges would be a lot cheaper.
Apparently Dan Hurley wrote an article for Discover Magazine (http://discovermagazine.com/2014/march/13-nicotine-fix#.UyQj0lFdVC8) but I'm not a subscriber so I don't know what's in the article.