Thankfully the cold winter season is behind us and our beloved summer with clear sky and sunny days is here and all outdoor activities may begin.
As summertime calls us to spend most of our free time outdoors, it also calls mosquitoes so like it or not, we must share these beautiful sunny days with them and we all know how annoying that can be.
Mosquitos are probably one of the top three annoying things on this planet. We all know or we’ve been in situation where our picnic or simple night in our yard, instead of relaxing time, becomes real nightmare interupted by these bloodsucers.
Mosquito bites aren’t just itchy and annoying. Mosquitoes may carry and spread many diseases such as zika which is linked to birth problems, west nile which causes vomiting and fever, well known malaria which causes fever, chills and vomiting, yellow fever which causes chills and vomiting, la crosse encephalitis which may cause fever and nausea, snowshoe hare virus which may cause dizziness, vomiting and rashes and many other diseases.
First thing what we think about, when we hear the word mosquito, beside ‘annoying’ is mosquito repellent. Yes, mosquitoes repellents, which can be found in form of spray or cream in markets near us, are the things that protect us from those itchy bites during summer time and from possibility to get some disease.
Although some of those repellents are really effective, beside that they are expensive, many of them contain synthetic toxic chemicals that may have side effects, especially in people with sensitive skin, so for that reason many people take natural approach to this problem, using natural remedies and other natural ways such as use of certain plants which are highly effective mosquito repellents.
Beside natural insects repellents, there is another thing that may help to get rid of mosquitoes and believe it or not, the thing that we are looking for can be found in food.
Vitamin B1 Repels Mosquitoes!
According to a study conducted in the 60s, which is not scientifically proven, vitamin B1 (thiamine) may be effective against mosquitoes, discouraging them from biting. This vitamin helps in a way that it changes the way we smell for mosquitoes and is commonly known that mosquitoes bite only people who smell appealing to them and this vitamin produces a skin odor that female mosquitoes, the ones that bite, find it offensive.
This vitamin helps the body to convert carbohydrates into glucose, which the body uses as a fuel to produce energy. As other vitamins from B group, vitamin B1 has important role for body to function properly. Vitamin B1 plays important role in fighting stress, muscle and heart function. B1 vitamin can be found in food like whole grains, yeast, spinach, green beans, kale, broccoli, eggplant, cauliflower, cabbage, sunflower seeds etc.
Vitamin B1, same as all vitamins from B group, is a water-soluble so there is no possibility for overdosing, even in bigger doses from recommended, which is 25-50mg a day, there is no danger of toxicity.
Adding vitamin B1 rich food into your diet may help you look, or better said, to smell less attractive to mosquitoes. When mosquito season starts, add 100 mg of B1 or B Complex daily.