All About Vitamin B2

Vitamin B2 is otherwise known as Riboflavin. It was founded in 1872 by scientist Alexander Blyth. However, its name and recognition as a B_vitamin wasn’t until the late 1930s. Its name is associated with its structure. “Ribo” meaning 5 pertaining to the ribose sugar and “flavin” due to its ring shape.

Great sources of Vitamin B2 include beef, lamb, salmon, eggs and dairy products. Although statistics show that cereal products are now responsible for 20% of UK Vitamin B2 intake. A national study of the UK found that dairy products can contribute as little as 27% of total Vitamin B2 content.

Research has found a strong link between countries/age groups that consume very little milk and the prevalence of Vitamin B2 deficiency. The highest deficiency rating in Britain is in females of 15-18 years. They found that 95% of this demographic were deficient in Vitamin B2.

Here are a few health benefits of Vitamin B2 :

  • Vitamin B2, or Riboflavin acts as an electron carrier in the complicated process of making ATP, our body’s form of energy. One of the main deficiency symptoms of Riboflavin includes lethargy and fatigue.
  • Vitamin B2 has also been linked with eye health due to its antioxidant properties. Adequate Vitamin B2 has been linked with a 33-51% decrease in cataract development.
  • Vitamin B2 has also been associated with red blood cell health and prevention of anaemia. Not only is Vitamin B2 thought to increase red blood cell number, it is also thought to increase oxygen utilisation.

An average male and female will require between 1.1 and 1.3mg per day. This increases to 1.4mg when pregnant and 1.6mg when breast feeding.

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  1. Informative and helpful πŸ™πŸ•β™’οΈ

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    1. GS says:

      Riboflavin is a vitamin that is needed for growth and overall good health. It helps the body break down carbohydrates, proteins and fats to produce energy, and it allows oxygen to be used by the body. I am glad you found it useful.

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      1. Of course I did knowledge is πŸ’₯!πŸ‘

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  2. theOwl30 says:

    I wish I knew the source, but I seem to remember reading somewhere that Vitamin B2 also helps your eyes to not be so sensitive to light. Another benefit.

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    1. GS says:

      You are right. Vitamin B2 is also important for eye health. According to the University of Michigan, this vitamin is needed to protect glutathione, which is an important antioxidant in the eye. The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) reports that eating a diet rich in riboflavin can lower the risk of developing cataracts.A

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  3. This article is information packed and guides us on how this vitamin is important for our body. Articles such as these act as nutritional guide and helps people to become more health conscious.
    Some health conditions like Crohn’s disease,celiac disease can be a reason for vitamin b12 deficiency.
    Mouth ulcers, yellowish skin, depression etc can be symptoms of vitamin b12 deficiency. Other foods other than the ones mentioned in the article rich in vitamin b12 are fishes like tuna, clams, nutritional yeast etc.

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    1. GS says:

      Thank you!!

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      1. Always a pleasure to share your posts, Dear!

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