Also known as riboflavin, vitamin B2 plays a role in almost every key physiological function responsible for maintaining our overall health and vitality. Vitamin B2 is a micronutrient, meaning it is required by the body, at all times, in small amounts. This is important to understand because vitamin B2, as with all the other B-complex vitamins, acts as a co-enzyme, meaning it helps enzymes react chemically with other substances to produce the essential internal chemical reactions that keep us ticking from nanosecond to nanosecond. From top to bottom; from hair loss to cracked heels, even to how tall we are, vitamin B2 plays a part in keeping every inch of us healthy. In order to fulfill your body’s daily requirement of B2 you either have to be getting it from your diet or from a good quality supplement because B2 cannot be manufactured by the body.
Word of the Day: Micronutrient – for a full explanation of anemia, please CLICK HERE. Taking vitamin B2 along with your iron supplement helps with iron absorption and usage in the body.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome –There is growing research which supports the use of B2, in conjunction with other nutrients such as vitamin A, B1, B3, C and E, as an important factor to normal vision and in the prevention of eye disorders such as cataracts which cause the lens of the eye to become cloudy, ultimately blurring vision.
Migraine – A person living with Rosacea may have low absorption of B2 in their liver, digestive tract, or simply have insufficient intake from dietary sources. As B2 is important for healthy skin, addition of B2 to assist in alleviating Rosacea symptoms may be very helpful.
NUTRITIONAL SOURCES OF B2:
- Whole grains
- Whole grain breads
- Whole grain pastas
- Dairy products such as egg yolks, yogurt, cheese and 2% milk
- Calf’s liver
- Nuts and legumes
Vegetables such as asparagus, avocados, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, leafy green vegetables, mushrooms and spinach.
Herbs such as alfalfa, cayenne, chamomile, ginseng, horsetail, parsley, peppermint, raspberry leaves and rose hips.