Vitamin B2 – Riboflavin helps to prevent cataracts

Function
Used by the body to assist in the absorption of other vitamins and minerals, helps to produce red blood cells and antibodies, helps to prevent cataracts and helps with the breakdown and use of protein, fats and sugars.) Vitamin B2 is also called riboflavin, a name derived from its color.

Riboflavin helps transform fats, carbohydrates and proteins into energy. Vitamin B2 is needed for healing and maintaining healthy skin. Riboflavin helps the body to balance the acidity. It is important for hair, nails and eyes.

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) is required in large quantities for people who do exercise!

Riboflavin B2 may play a role in preventing and / or treating several ailments including:

  • anemia

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • cataracts

  • migraine

  • rosacea

  • vaginitis

It is interesting to note that the highest concentrations of riboflavin in the body occurs in the liver, kidney and heart. High concentrations in the liver and kidney reflect the prominent role of vitamin B2 in metabolic activity. The liver serves as a central metabolic process and kidneys are responsible for removing unneeded molecules in the body. The high concentration of riboflavin in the heart results from the need of energy production from oxygen.

Natural Sources of Riboflavin

Peppermint, whole grains, dairy products, broccoli, chamomile, alfalfa, avocado, vegemite, spinach, legumes, watercress, molasses, kelp, nuts, mushrooms, currants, parsley, sage, rose hip, ginseng and fennel seed.

Natural Sources of Riboflavin

RDA
50 mg

Deficiency Symptoms
Inflammation of the tongue and lips, light sensitivity, sores in the corners of the mouth, facial dermatitis, insomnia and hair loss.

Overdose Symptoms
Not usually possible to overdose, however large dosing may cause the urine to darken or cause nausea.

Interactions
Alcohol decreases the absorption and the effect of vitamin B2. Consult you nutritionally oriented doctor before supplementing riboflavin if you have chronic kidney failure or are or plan to be pregnant. Use of oral contraceptives and antibiotics may increase the need for riboflavin.

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