Vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin, works together with the rest of the water soluble vitamins of the B complex family in order to support the proper function of metabolic reactions in the body. Its main sources in our diet are red meat, beer yeast, dairy products, grains, leafy greens and broccoli.
Who is in greater risk for vitamin B2 deficiency?
• Individuals with poor nutrition
• Chronic elimination of dairy products from the diet
• Individuals following extremely restricted diets
• Older adults
Water soluble vitamins are not stored in our body and any excess is excreted in the urine.
The role of vitamin B2:
• Carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism
• Proper neurological function
• Energy production
• Normal growth and fertility
• Sight and skin protection
• Iron metabolism
Vitamin B2 deficiency may result in:
• Skin and oral lesions
• Impaired vision
• Impaired gastrointestinal function