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FALSE: Ant bites increase blood circulation

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FALSE: Ant bites increase blood circulation
There is absolutely no evidence nor scientific studies that support this claim, and ant bites may cause allergic reactions only
At a glance
  • Claim: Ant bites increase blood circulation and the production of red blood cells. 
  • Rating: FALSE 
  • The facts: There is absolutely no evidence or scientific studies that support this claim. Ant bites may cause allergic reactions only. 
  • Why we fact checked this: Several copy-pasted posts are circulating on social media with the false claim and have reached thousands of reactions and shares. 
Complete details

Since January, several posts containing the claim that ant bites increase blood circulation have been repeatedly circulating on social media, reaching thousands of reactions and shares. 

According to these posts, ant bites may also increase the production of red blood cells. 

This is false. 

There is absolutely no evidence or scientific studies that support this claim. Ant bites have been found to only cause allergic reactions and skin irritations. 

There are many proven ways to improve blood circulation and red blood cell or hemoglobin production, including exercise and eating foods high in iron.  

None of these ways include anything close to ant bites. – Sofia Guanzon/Rappler.com

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