Vitamin B2, also called riboflavin, works with other vitamins in the B complex to process calories from carbohydrates, protein and fat. Your body needs it for growth and red cell production, and adequate riboflavin intake promotes healthy skin and good vision.
Nutritionists categorize vitamins by the materials that a vitamin will dissolve in. There are two categories: water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins. Water-soluble vitamins, which include the B-complex group and vitamin C, travel through the bloodstream. Whatever water-soluble vitamins are not used by the body are eliminated in urine, which means you need a continuous supply of them in your food. Vitamin B2 is a water-soluble vitamin.
Riboflavin, also known as vitamin B2 is an easily absorbed micronutrient with a key role in maintaining health in humans and animals. It is required by the body to use oxygen and the metabolism of amino acids, fatty acids, and carbohydrates. Riboflavin is further needed to activate vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), helps to create niacin and assists the adrenal gland.It eases watery eye fatigue and may be helpful in the prevention and treatment of cataracts. A shortage of this vitamin may manifest itself as cracks and sores at the corners of the mouth, eye disorders, inflammation of the mouth and tongue, and skin lesions.
Riboflavin is a B vitamin that is essential for growth. Riboflavin, also known as Vitamin B2 , can also be produced synthetically. It is often used as food coloring and to fortify foods including baby foods, cereals, and cheese. Riboflavin is destroyed by light, so food containing this vitamin shouldn’t be stored in clear containers.
Food containing Riboflavin
Benefits of Vitamin B2
Riboflavin may be able to decrease the number of migraine headaches a person has. It might also help to prevent cataracts. Riboflavin has helped to increase iron levels for those suffering from iron-deficiency anemia.
Foods That Contain Vitamin B2
Dairy products, such as milk, cheese, and yogurt, are excellent sources of riboflavin. Some meats and leafy green vegetables are also rich in this nutrient. "Enriched" breads and cereals have had riboflavin added to them.
Vitamin B2 or riboflavin is important for body growth, reproduction and red cell production.
It also helps in releasing energy from carbohydrates.
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Why vitamin B2 is important
Our bodies need vitamin B2 to help break down proteins, fats and carbohydrates. It plays a vital role in maintaining the body's energy supply.
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Animated model of a riboflavin molecule
According to the NYU Langone Medical Center1, riboflavin helps convert carbohydrates into ATP (adenosine triphosphate). The human body produces ATP from food, ATP produces energy as the body requires it. Put simply, the compound ATP is vital for storing energy in muscles.
Along with vitamin A, maintaining the mucous membranes in the digestive system
Converting tryptophan into niacin, an amino acid.
Healthy eyes, nerves, muscles and skin
Properly absorbing and activating iron, folic acid, and vitamins B1, B3 and B6
Hormone production by the adrenal glands
Preventing the development of cataracts
Proper fetal development, especially in areas where vitamin deficiency is common
Sources of vitamin B2
Animal source foods, such as turkey, chicken, fish, beef kidneys and liver.
Energy drinks (some of them)
Whole-grain breads, enriched breads
All of our children love to have a snack, but it is the selection of the type of snack that counts. I recently discovered how delicious 100% frozen fruit bars really are, instead of ice cream give them a fruit bar they will go nuts for them.
Other snack choices: Baked Chips (for me Lays are great) Rice Cakes (with flavor please) Cottage Cheese (you can treat your kids by mixing in peaches) String Cheese (my personal favorite) Berries.
Care For Your Child With B2
Watchlist For B2 Deficiency Soreness of the mouth Burning Eyes itchy Eyes Sensitivity to light Cracks In Corners of The Mouth Muscle weakness In Severe Cases Reddening Of Eyes Dizziness Disorders of the eye Burning Feet Inflammation of Mouth, Tongue Poor Digestion.
Multivitamins side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
When taken as directed, multivitamins are not expected to cause serious side effects. Less serious side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.