Is Thiamin a Natural Mosquito Repellent? PDF Print E-mail
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Thiamin as a Natural Mosquito Repellent?

The following thiamine update addresses the question whether supplementing with Thiamine B1 is a Natural Mosquito Repellent alternative to common chemical applications. Due to allergies, sensitivity and hypersensitivity to some chemical applications and of course the potential adverse health and environmental effects, this application would be a shining alternative.

Blood Sucking Mosquitoes Thwarted By Thiamin?

Thiamin a Natural Mosquito Repellent

Throughout the internet, ingesting Vitamin B1 (thiamine) has been popularly recommended as an organic systemic insect repellent against mosquitoes. It is thought that "in preparation" (approximately two weeks in advance) of being in mosquito ridden areas, one can reduce or eliminate mosquito attraction by beginning a daily regimen of 100 mg of B1 (Thiamine Hydrochloride). Since Thiamin is a water-soluble nutrient eliminated through urine and sweat, it is thought that the sweating out of thiamin, and the associated essence (cannot be smelled by humans) is offensive to the female mosquito.

Two weeks is an ample amount of time to saturate the sweat glands and tissue with thiamin. Human tissue will accumulate and store Thiamine at 2-3 times more than normal when the thiamin distribution exceeds the body's requirements. What is not stored is then eliminated through urine and sweat. A steady regimen of Thiamine intake is required to maintain Thiamin Vitamin B1 levels. And so, conversely, Thiamin concentrations in tissue will deplete when Thiamin intake falls below the body's requirement.

Natural Insect Repellent?

Thiamin Patch or Thiamin B1 100 mg Orally For Natural Mosquito Repellent.

More claims that thiamin Vitamin B1 is a Natural Mosquito Repellent come from several thiamin patch suppliers. The patches are thiamine enriched so that trans-dermal absorption of thiamine occurs through the skin. This is at least an easier way for those of us that can't remember to take our Vitamins. Ironically, an increase in Thiamine has been shown to increase brain function (memory).

However, a steady regimen of Vitamin B1 may be easier to control...

Natural Mosquito Repellentwhen taken orally. An interesting way to determine the time that ingested thiamine has been reduced in your system is to to take some Vitamin B12 at the same time. Most of us have noticed that bright yellow in our urine, this is a result of B12. When this bright yellow has faded or subsided, it is about time to take more Thiamin B1 Vitamin.

Current Thiamin Research for a Natural Mosquito Repellent

Now I must qualify all this by telling you that the claim that "thiamin is a natural mosquito repellent" is still suspect. There has not been an ample amount of research and study conducted on this matter that includes human subjects, or a variety of mosquito insects. Moreover, some of the insect research conducted is so limited in parameters that it's difficult to draw any real life applicable conclusions. Others have recently expanded the research and have drawn the conclusion that "thiamin has no apparent effect" as a systemic natural mosquito repellent. The control parameters and results remained statistically consistent, with little apparent fluctuation by the supplementation of thiamine to testing.


That Hungry Mosquito?

No... It is only the female mosquito that drinks blood, and this, only to nurture her eggs with protein. Both male and female mosquitoes drink plant nectar for their own food sustenance.