VITAMIN B2 (Riboflavin)



Vitamin B2 otherwise known as riboflavin, is an essential B vitamin.

B2 is known for the action of tissue respiration. Think of it as an essential componant of tissue life and breath.

Riboflavin Deficiency Symptoms


Glossitis - inflammation of the tongue

Stomatitis - inflammation of the mouth

Sore throat

Keratitis - inflammation of the cornea

Scrotal skin changes

Neuropathy - inflammation of peripheral nerves

Seborrheic Dermatitis - chronic inflammatory skin disease with greasy scales and yellow crusts

Anaemia

Dosage of Vitamin B2

As a daily supplement, you only need to use 1-4mg per day.

For Riboflavin Deficiency adults can take up to 30mg per day.

Infants 0-6months - 0.3mg/day

Infants 7-12 months - 0.4mg/day

Children 1-3 yrs - 0.5mg/day

Children 4-8yrs - 0.6mg/day

Children 9-13yrs - 0.9mg/day

Adults 14+ - 1-1.3mg/day

Women 18+ - 1.1mg/day

Pregnant & Lactating - 1.6mg/day


Latest Clinical Evidence

CATARACTS

Riboflavin appears to reduce the occurence of cataracts.



MIGRAINE HEADACHES

There is some evidence that taking a high dose of B2 reduces the frequency of migraines. A high dose is up to 400mg/day. Riboflavin is not stored so there has been no evidence of toxicity when using high doses. A long term treatment of 3 months or more may be needed to see any results.

Riboflavin will however make your urine yellow, don't panic, it is just the yellow pigment being excreted in the urine.


SOURCES OF RIBOFLAVIN



Wheatgerm

Wholegrains

Almonds

Seed sprouts

Wheatgrass juice

Liver

Kidney


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