Nutrition & Diets : Do B Vitamins Keep Mosquitoes Away?

Nutrition & Diets : Do B Vitamins Keep Mosquitoes Away?


My name is Christine Marquette and I am a
Registered and Licensed Dietitian with The Austin Regional Clinic and I’m going to answer
the question do B Vitamins keep mosquitoes away? Now this myth has actually been around
for many years. A lot of people feel like Vitamin B 1 in particular which is Thiamine
can actually keep mosquitoes away. A lot of people have said that if they take Vitamin
B 1 or a Thiamine supplement before going outside or before working in the yard that
it actually prevents them from getting mosquito bites however, when actual studies have been
done on this it hasn’t come to pass. Whenever research has been done by the Canadian government
and the United States government to actually test this every time it showed that there
was no decrease in mosquito bites and other people have tried it themselves and have also
said that they didn’t notice any decrease in mosquito bites and people that have tried
it that feel like it does decrease their mosquito bites it may be coincidence, it may be something
in their body where perhaps they were actually deficient for some reason in that particular
vitamin and for whatever reason it may have increased their immunity to the mosquitoes.
But again there isn’t actually any scientific evidence and any of the studies that have
been done on it haven’t actually proved that it truly does work so your best bet is not
to rely on Thiamine to prevent mosquito bites. Your best bet if you are a person who suffers
from frequent mosquito bites is to use some type of insect repellent.

4 thoughts on “Nutrition & Diets : Do B Vitamins Keep Mosquitoes Away?

  1. B1 works amazingly for me. For years I suffered horrid reactions to bites w/ insane unnatural swelling and itching. I needed something that really worked. Vitamin [email protected] 400mg daily – not anything less! I take 2 x 250mg tabs daily during skeeter season. B-vitamins are water soluble [like C] so you needn't worry about excess. Your body needs B1, and it will naturally eliminate all excess in your urine. The dosage is crucial. Don't think you can take less and have it work. I discovered this through a pharmacy in Thailand where tourists were getting eaten alive. This was the first thing remedy that actually worked out of ALL the dozens of schemes Ive tried. Hope this helps someone!

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