Vitamin B2 or Riboflavin: the health benefits of vitamin B2

February 8, 2010

Diets & Nutrition

Like all other components of group B, riboflavin is water soluble. Light breaks riboflavin. It is found in both animal and plant products. Bacterial flora has the ability to synthesize vitamin B2. Milk, which is an important source of vitamin B2, keeps more of its nutritional value if kept in a card box (because it is compact).

Recommended daily dosage of vitamin B2: 1, 5 – 1, 8 mg.

Vitamin B2 sources
• Riboflavin comes mainly from liver, heart, beef and pork, fish, eggs, milk, whole grains, green vegetables (broccoli, spinach, asparagus, lettuce)

The health benefits of vitamin B2
• It enters the composition of enzymes, it participates in cell growth and the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates and lipids and it transforms them into energy;
• It helps maintain a healthy appearance of the skin, nails, hair;
• It contributes to improving and maintaining vision, because it stimulates the optic nerve;
• It protects the oral mucosa;
• Due to it’s antioxidant qualities it can prevent cancer or high cholesterol.

Useful health tips about vitamin B2
• Supplements of riboflavin are recommended for large alcohol consumers, which often feed poorly;
• The use of birth control pills requires an additional amount of vitamin B2;
• Riboflavin is rapidly eliminated, in just 2 hours it makes the urine yellow.

Find out more health benefits of vitamins and minerals.

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