Vitamin B2 – Riboflavin

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Vitamin B2 – Riboflavin

Riboflavin is necessary for red blood cell formation, antibody production, cell respiration, and growth.

It alleviates eye fatigue and is important in the prevention and treatment of cataracts.

It helps with the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.

Together with vitamin A, it maintains and improves the mucous membranes in your digestive tract.

Riboflavin also helps the use of oxygen by the tissues of your skin, nails, and hair; eliminates dandruff; and helps the absorption of iron and vitamin B6.

Eating enough riboflavin is important during pregnancy, because a lack of it can damage a developing fetus even if a woman shows no signs of deficiency.

Riboflavin is needed for the metabolism of the amino acid tryptophan, which is converted into niacin in your body.

Carpal tunnel syndrome may benefit from a treatment program including riboflavin and vitamin B6.

Deficiency symptoms include cracks and sores at the corners of your mouth, eye disorders, inflammation of your mouth and tongue, and skin lesions.

Other possible deficiency symptoms include dermatitis, dizziness, hair loss, insomnia, light sensitivity, poor digestion, retarded growth, and slowed mental response.


High levels of vitamin B2 are found in the following foods:  cheese, egg yolks, fish, legumes, meat, milk, poultry, spinach, whole grains, and yogurt.

Other sources include asparagus, avocados, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, currants, dandelion greens, dulse, kelp, leafy green vegetables, mushrooms, molasses, nuts, and watercress.

Herbs that contain vitamin B2 include alfalfa, bladderwrack, burdock root, catnip, cayenne, chamomile, chickweed, eyebright, fennel seed, fenugreek, ginseng, hops, mullein, nettle, oat straw, parsley, peppermint, raspberry leaves, red clover, rose hips, sage, and yellow dock.


Factors that increase the need for riboflavin include the use of oral contraceptives and strenuous exercise.

This B vitamin is easily destroyed by light, antibiotics, and drinking alcohol.

Taking too much riboflavin (over 50 mg daily) over a long period of time may lead to cataracts and retinal diseases.

Taking high doses also may turn your urine a deep yellow.

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