Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Vitamin B2 – Riboflavin

Vitamin B2 is a water-soluble vitamin. B2 works in conjunction with other B group vitamins, Vitamin C and iodine. It is very easily absorbed by the body.

Vitamin B2:
  • Is essential for growth
  • Is used in red blood cell formation
  • Activates B6
  • Helps produce niacin
  • Aids the absorption iron
  • Is an anti-oxidant
  • Maintains mucous membrane in the digestive tract
  • Contributes to healthy eyes, skin, hair and nails

Sources of Vitamin B2:
  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Poultry
  • Dairy
  • Green leafy veg
  • Whole grains
  • Eggs Nuts
  • Cheese
  • Legumes

Deficiency symptoms:
  • Bloodshot or sensitive eyes
  • Cracked lips
  • Mouth sorea
  • Split nails
  • Skin rashes

Riboflavin is manufactured by the intestinal flora as well as being available from food. However, very little is stored so a constant supply is necessary. Being water soluble, B2 is quickly and easily flushed out of the system.

If you are under fifty years of age, and eating a varied selection of foods from all the food groups, then you are unlikely to need vitamin supplements. Always check with your doctor before taking supplements of any kind. An excess of any vitamin can have unpleasant side effects. The water soluble vitamins are readily excreted in urine, so toxicity is rare.


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