Nutrition and Information Guide: Vitamin B2 or Riboflavin

About vitamin B2 or riboflavin, nutritional information guide, uses, effects of deficiency, good sources of vitamin B2 or riboflavin.

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

Use in the Body: Aids in breakdown and use of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Necessary for maintenance of good vision and clear, healthy eyes. Also needed for cell respiration since it works with enzymes to help the cells use oxygen.

Deficiency May Lead to: Cracks at the sides of the mouth and a soreness and redness of the tongue and lips, burning and itching eyes, oversensitivity to bright light, dimness of vision, retarded growth.

Notes: Rapidly destroyed by light. If milk is left in the sun, it will lose 10% of B2 in 30 minutes and 40% in 2 hours. Extra B2 is needed by pregnant women, infants, and milking mothers.

Best Sources: Liver, whole milk and milk products such as buttermilk and yogurt, brewers' yeast, hot red pepper, almonds, wheat germ, wild rice, mushrooms, turnip greens.

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