Riboflavin

What is Riboflavin?
Riboflavin, also known as vitamin B2, is a water-soluble vitamin that cannot be produced by the body; it must be ingested from the microorganisms and plants that manufacture it. Riboflavin is needed in the body to produce other nutrients that are important for various metabolic functions, including the processing of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. Visually, riboflavin is known as the vitamin that adds the yellow coloring to vitamin supplement preparations and the bright yellow color to the urine of people who supplement with the vitamin B complex.

What are the health benefits of Riboflavin?
Recent evidence has found that supplemental riboflavin may be helpful in the prevention of migraine headaches, especially when combined with beta-blockers. It is thought to also play a role in treating anemia, cataracts, rosacea, and vaginitis. It is necessary in supporting the activity of vitamin B6, folate, niacin, and vitamin K.

Most people who eat a balanced diet have no problem getting enough of this vitamin. Riboflavin deficiency is most common in underdeveloped countries and elderly individuals. Initial symptoms of deficiency include cracked lips, mouth ulcers, and inflammation of the lips or tongue.

What foods are good sources of Riboflavin?
Good sources of vitamin B2 include cheese, milk, yogurt, leafy green vegetables, meat, especially liver, fish, eggs, mushrooms, and yeast. Keep in mind that riboflavin is destroyed by exposure to light.

Where can I find Riboflavin?
Riboflavin is also widely available in the form of vitamin B supplements.

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