Properties and Benefits of Vitamin B2: Riboflavin, lactoflavin and ovoflavin are all denominations of the well-known vitamin B2. This water-soluble vitamin plays a crucial part in the metabolism of fats, proteins and carbohydrates which are converted into energy for the body. Vitamin B2 is also essential for normal growth, cellular repair and quick wound healing. The nutrient contributes both to skin health and energy metabolism.
Yogurt, soybeans, almonds, tempeh, hard boiled eggs, beef, cheddar cheese and spinach are all great sources of vitamin B2. Vitamin B2 or riboflavin is essential for good health. Although most diets nowadays provide sufficient amounts of vitamin B2, bad habits and an unhealthy lifestyle can influence riboflavin absorption and cause a variety of unpleasant and possibly dangerous health problems. Vitamin B2 deficiency, although rare, can occur in most cases of alcohol abuse.
Chronic liver disease associated with alcoholism as well as moderate, yet regular alcohol consumption may significantly influence carbohydrate, fats and protein metabolism and lead to poor energy production. In the presence of alcohol, vitamin B2 cannot contribute to metabolizing macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats and proteins) properly in order to convert them into energy.
This basically means that if you drink alcohol on a regular basis, then you will most likely feel tired or exhausted very often. Generalized weakness, mental and physical fatigue are clear signs of vitamin B2 deficiency.
A more serious ribiflavin deficit can lead to anemia because the vitamin is directly involved in the production of red blood cells. And keep in mind that our body does not store it and we thus have to ensure we have at least a minimum daily intake to prevent a deficit from occurring.
In addition to this, vitamin B2 deficiency is responsible for a number of unpleasant skin problems. A poor intake of riboflavin (or vitamin B2) is responsible for dry, scaly and cracked skin, especially at the corners of the mouth, as well as seborrheic dermatitis (patches of itchy, scaly, slightly inflamed red skin occurring on the scalp, around the nose, mouth, chin or chest).
Worse symptoms of vitamin B2 deficiency include a sore throat and tongue swelling. Last but not least, a deficit of vitamin B2 (riboflavin) may affect your eyesight. Symptoms include burning eyes, increased sensitivity to light or even cataract. A severe vitamin B2 deficiency may lead to anemia and functional abnormalities of the nervous system.
Vitamin B2 is thus crucial for keeping in good health and daily needs can be easily met by including several common riboflavin-rich foods in your diet. Not only does the vitamin maintain skin health, but it can also help treat dermatitis or eczema. Even more, vitamin B2 works together with other nutrients to support a healthy vision. As part of the B vitamin complex, it ensures the good functioning of the nervous system.
Vitamin B2 is a water-soluble vitamin. Any surplus will be immediately eliminated through urine. Interesting fact: did you know that vitamin B2 (riboflavin) makes urine bright yellow? If you are taking riboflavin supplements or a B group complex and you notice you are urinating yellow, you needn’t worry: it’s just your regular vitamin B2.