Originally Posted by Coquina
How much tonic water do you have to drink to keep malaria away anyway?
A whole bottle?
There is not enough quinine in tonic water to make a dent in the Plasmodium population. And the sugar in the tonic just feeds them. Quinine tablets are by far the best because the parasites can't become immune to such complex chemical mixtures (quinine contains several active alkaloids that kill plasmodium parasites). It is still drug of choice for the most severe cases of malaria.
Malaria is no joke - it is likely #1 killer of people over the ages.
Quinine is also effective for other tropical parasites. It can be taken in smaller doses when you are exposed to malaria carriers. As a side benefit, when you take quinine or any other bitter herbs (like neem or wormwood), your blood is less appetizing to mosquitoes and you don't get bitten as often. Sugar has the opposite effect.