Vitamin B2

English chemist Alexander Wynter Blyth first observed a pigment in milk with yellow-green fluorescence in 1872, but it was not characterized as riboflavin until the early 1930s. Max Tishler invented the methods for synthesizing the essential vitamin B2. It is a water-soluble vitamin. The scientific name of vitamin B2 is Riboflavin.

Recommended Dietary Allowance

Riboflavin is dependent on age, gender, and reproductive status. RDA of Riboflavin for men is 1.3 milligrams per day and for women is 1.1 mg per day. for pregnant women, it is 1.4 mg per day. It is needed 1.6 mg per day for lactating women. A higher dose of 3 mg per day can help in the prevention of cataracts.

Rich source of Vitamin B2

  • Eggs
  • cow milk
  • Almond
  • dairy products (cheese, milk, yogurt)
  • Soybeans
  • Meat
  • beef liver
  • Spinach
  • Mushrooms
  • green beans
  • yeast
  • fish
  • asparagus
  • broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • chard
  • collard greens
  • mustard greens
  • romaine lettuce
  • turnip greens
  • venison

Vitamin B2

Uses/functions of vitamin B2

  • healthy vision
  • reduces eye fatigue
  • helps in the prevention of cataracts
  • key role in the production of energy
  • essential for growth and repair of all body tissues
  • maintains the mucous membranes of the digestive tract and around the lips
  • protects the health of mouth and tongue
  • helps and prevents migraine headache
  • protect cells from free radical damage
  • required for the production of antibodies
  • helps in red blood cell formation
  • helps and maintain levels of the other B vitamins in the body
  • helps to treat carpal tunnel syndrome
  • important for fetal development during pregnancy
  • helps in reducing homocysteine levels in the body
  • lower the risk of cardiovascular disease

Vitamin B2 deficiency problems

  • loss of sense of taste
  • loss of appetite
  • anemia
  • Fatigue
  • Nerve damage
  • A sluggish metabolism
  • Swelling of mucous membranes
  • Changes in mood, depression and anxiety
  • Cracked lips
  • Dry skin
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Fluid in mucous membranes
  • Eyes may be sensitive to bright light, and they may be itchy, watery, or bloodshot
  • Dermatitis
  • peeling of skin around the nose
  • swollen or sore throat
  • inflamed or sore tongue
  • damage to the fetus during pregnancy