Riboflavin, vitamin B2 is a water soluble group of vitamins in the B group of vitamins. It recycles the antioxidant glutathione which protects the eyes, blood and skin from the types of free radical damage that can cause tissue breakdown.
- Supports a healthy metabolism
- Aids with the digestion of food
- Help prevent headaches and migraines
- Helps alleviate stress
- Helps alleviate anxiety
- Helps lower high blood pressure
- May relieve depression (especially in seniors)
- Increases the quality of breast milk in new mothers
- Relieves sensitive or dry eye conditions when administered as eye drops
- Prevents neonatal jaundice when give to pregnant mothers
Symptoms of deficiency include brain fog, dry eyes, anxiety, headaches and nervousness.
The current RDAs for Riboflavin for adult men and women are 1.3 mg/day and 1.1 mg/day, respectively; the estimated average requirement for adult men and women are 1.1 mg and 0.9 mg, respectively.
If you are pregnant and lactating you may need up to 1.4 mg and 1.6 mg. For infants the RDA is 0.3-0.4 mg/day and for children it is 0.6-0.9 mg/day.
Riboflavin, vitamin B2 is also available in chewable forms and is usually included as an ingredient in multivitamin supplements.
Generally, the best form of Riboflavin, vitamin B2 involves taking a high quality multi-nutrient formula which may be found in certain vitamin supplement pills and even liquid extract combinations.
Riboflavin is water soluble and it is difficult to overdose on it. There are no side-effects.
Did you know that
- Your very best source of riboflavin is just a plain, ordinary glass of milk
- Riboflavin is also used as food coloring because of its yellow or yellow-orange color in which case it is known as E101 food color
- Riboflavin is very easily destroyed by ultraviolet light so you must keep it in a cool dark place
- If you are an athlete or have a job that requires heavy labor then you need more riboflavin as any exertion depletes the vitamin in your body
Humans have bacteria in their gut that naturally produces riboflavin