What Are The Benefits of Taking Riboflavin?
Vitamin B2 or riboflavin is one of the eight B vitamins that are essential to human health. It can be found in grains, plants and dairy products. It is essential for breaking down food components, absorbing other nutrients and maintaining tissues.
Vitamin B2 is a water-soluble vitamin, so it is soluble in water. All vitamins are either water-soluble or fat-soluble. Water-soluble vitamins are carried through the bloodstream, and anything not needed is excreted in the urine.
People need to consume vitamin B2 every day because the body can only store small amounts and the supply can decline rapidly.
Riboflavin is found naturally in certain foods, added to other foods, and can be taken as a supplement. Most is absorbed from trusted sources in the small intestine.
Vitamin B2 helps to break down proteins, fats and carbohydrates. It plays a vital role in maintaining the body's energy supply.
Riboflavin helps convert carbohydrates into adenosine triphosphate (ATP). The body produces ATP from food, and ATP produces energy when the body needs it. Complex ATP is essential for storing energy in the muscles.
Along with vitamin A, vitamin B is essential for
Maintaining the mucous membranes in the digestive system
Maintaining a healthy liver
Converting tryptophan to niacin, an amino acid
Maintaining healthy eyes, nerves, muscles and skin
Absorption and activation of iron, folic acid and vitamins B1, B3 and B6
Hormones produced by the adrenal glands
Prevents the development of cataracts
Fetal development, especially in areas where vitamin deficiencies are common
Some studies suggest that vitamin B2 may help prevent cataracts and migraines, but further research is needed to confirm this.
Other studies have found that in children with autism, vitamin B2, B6 and magnesium supplements appear to reduce levels of abnormal organic acids in the urine.
How much do we need?
According to Oregon State University, the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for vitamin B2 is 1.3 mg per day for men and 1.1 mg per day for women 19 years and older. During pregnancy, women should consume 1.4 mg per day, and when breastfeeding, they should consume 1.6 mg per day.
Vitamin B2 deficiency is a major risk when eating poorly because the body is constantly excreting the vitamin, so it is not stored. People who are deficient in B2 are usually deficient in other vitamins as well.
There are two types of riboflavin deficiency.
Primary riboflavin deficiency occurs when a person's diet is deficient in vitamin B2
Secondary riboflavin deficiency occurs for another reason, either because the intestine does not absorb the vitamin properly, or the body cannot use it, or because it is excreted too quickly
Riboflavin deficiency is also known as riboflavinopathy.
Signs and symptoms of deficiency include.
Vitamin B2 deficiency can cause mouth ulcers and other discomforts.
Stomatitis or cracked corners of the mouth
Inflammation of the lining of the mouth
Inflammation of the tongue
Fluid in the mucous membranes
Iron deficiency anemia
Eyes may be sensitive to bright light and may be itchy, watery or congested
People who drink too much alcohol are more likely to be deficient in vitamin B.