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Vitamin of the Week: Vitamin B2

Filed Under: Vitamins and Minerals at 9:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
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Vitamin B2, also known as Riboflavin, is a water-soluble vitamin needed to process amino acids and fats, activate vitamin B6 and folic acid, and help convert carbohydrates into body fuel.

B2 is very easily absorbed with an important role in maintaining health, since is a vitamin required for cellular processes. B2 may also work as an antioxidant.

Like the other B Vitamins, B2 is essential for energy metabolism, helping with food breakdown, metabolism of carbs, fats and proteins, generating energy for the human body. B2 works together with vitamin B1, vitamin B3 and vitamin B6. Therefore, most people take B2 as part of a B-Complex supplement.

Can you get enough vitamin B2 from your diet? Yes, most likely. Milk, meat, cheese, leafy green vegetables, eggs are good sources of Vitamin B2, but exposure to light destroys riboflavin.

The amounts of 20-25 mg found in many multivitamin supplements are more than adequate for most people. However, some people may experience B2 deficiency. Alcoholics are likely to have B2 deficiency and may be recommended by doctors to take it separately.

In general, lack of B2 may not affect you since is only one component of an important formula called B-complex. However, if you are lacking vitamin B2 in your diet, you are most likely lacking B1, B3, B6 and B12, and lacking this entire combination could create several health issues.

A balance diet should prevent lack of vitamin B. A B-Complex Supplement will provide plenty of all forms of Vitamin B, and a multi will just add anything else you may be missing from your diet.

 1 Comment, latest by Weldon

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One Response to “Vitamin of the Week: Vitamin B2”

  1. Weldon says:

    thanks for the post. I didn’t now anything about vitamin B2..

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