We can not avoid all the flying insects that buzz around our head and they can sometimes drive us crazy. The fact that they are very annoying is the last thing that should worry you because it turns out that their bite is actually much worse than the noise they make. According to the World Health Organization, mosquito bites are responsible for more than a million deaths every year, putting mosquitoes at the top of the list of deadly animals on the planet.
Zika is the last threat to international health that is directly related to mosquitoes. Insects are able to spread many different types of diseases, some of which include malaria, yellow fever, chikungunya, West Nile virus, dengue fever and encephalitis. The only way to avoid getting a mosquito-borne disease is to avoid them altogether, but we all know it’s almost impossible.
Since they are simply unavoidable, the next logical step is to take precautions that limit your exposure to them and thus reduce the number of bites. Most people use insecticides and repellents to repel pests, which often contain DEET, a powerful chemical that can produce unpleasant, very important side effects. Instead of spraying toxic chemicals on your skin try this natural alternative by taking Vitamin B1.
This is a much safer way to avoid attracting mosquitoes and that may be exactly what you need.
Commonly known as thiamine, people have been using vitamin B1 for years to naturally repel mosquitoes. Many claim that by taking a daily dose of vitamin B1 they have been able to significantly reduce the overall number of mosquito bites. How it works? Nobody is completely sure, but it is thought that thiamine changes the smell of sweat. This changes the body odor so that a person becomes unattractive to mosquitoes. It’s the smell of a person who attracts mosquitoes, so the more attractive you smell, the more they will bite you.
However, if you take thiamine and change your smell, they will probably avoid you! It is recommended to take 25-50 milligrams three times a day, but you can also take a lot through your diet. Foods like beans, kale, broccoli, sunflower seeds, and cauliflower naturally contain high levels of B1.
In the following video, a man conducts his own experience and was very surprised to find that vitamin supplements worked well in his case.
Whether the effects of thiamine are real or not, the fact is that people all over the world swear by it and take it every day to keep mosquitoes at bay. This can not hurt because taking B1 is safe and any excess in the body goes into the urine.
This technique is not infallible, so you must follow the advice of your doctor or pharmacist if you travel to a country at risk of transmission of disease by mosquitoes. (mosquito net, repellents, treatment …)