Vitamin B2 101

When it comes to vitamins and the body there are so many things to consider, especially in relation to deficiencies in the body. And one important vitamin is vitamin B2. Vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin, helps the body convert carbohydrates from foods into glucose for fuel. Vitamin B2 also helps to fight free radicals, which in turn may help to reduce some of the damage that free radicals do to cells and DNA, as well as other damages that free radicals do to the body. One thing to note about all of the B vitamins is that they are water-soluble, which means that the body does not store them, which means we need to eat a well-balanced diet in order to get enough of these helpful vitamins. When it comes to keeping the body healthy, the B vitamins are crucial for healthy eyes, hair, and skin and a healthy liver. The B vitamins also help the nervous system function correctly. As you can see, the B vitamins are busy!

People who are deficient in vitamin B2 may have the following symptoms…

  • Delayed growth
  • Digestive problems
  • Fatigue
  • Light sensitivity
  • Soreness and swelling of the throat
  • Sores around the corners of the mouth
  • Tired eyes

Anyone who is deficient in vitamin B2, who is looking for dietary sources can include the following into their diet.

  • Almonds
  • Bananas
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Mushrooms
  • Organ meats
  • Potatoes
  • Soybeans
  • Spinach
  • Wheat germ
  • Whole grains
  • Wild rice

As an FYI… vitamin B2/riboflavin is destroyed by light, so foods must be stored away from light. Roasting and steaming are the best cooking methods for foods that contain riboflavin, as frying can cause reduced riboflavin content. Boiling foods will also cause riboflavin to be lost.