Vitamin B Helps Prevent Insect Bites

By September 28, 2017News

Did you know that vitamin B can lower your risk of insect bites?

Some people seem prone to being bitten by insects, particularly mosquitoes and when abroad.

Many dermatologists now recommend that the skin can be made much less attractive to biting insects by taking Vitamin B supplements whilst at risk. So, we recommend that Vitamin B complex, 2 tablets twice a day, or Vitamin B-1, 100 mg daily, is a good way of helping to reduce the risk of being bitten.

This advice is recommended in addition to taking usual precautions. We should all safeguard against being bitten particularly in countries where insects carry specific disease, such as malaria or the recently publicised Zika virus. Protect your skin with appropriate insect repellents and where necessary sleep inside an insect proof net. Insects tend to be most active at night, particularly in foreign countries.

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  • Leslie says:

    Is vitamin B12 the same as B complex?

    • Julie says:

      Hello Leslie, thank you for your question and sorry for the delayed response. B12 is one of 8 essential B-vitamins. B-complex generally contains all 8 which are B1 – thiamine, B2 – riboflavin, B3 – niacin, B5 – pantothenic acid, B6 – pyridoxin, B7 – biotin, B9 – folate, B12 – cobalamin. The most common deficiencies are with B1, B6 and B12. For people who have a wide and varied diet of foods it is not usually necessary to need to supplement all of the B-vitamins. Those who have limited diets like vegetarians and vegans may benefit from a B-complex vitamin.

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