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Vitamin B2 Supplements

Riboflavin is a member of the B group vitamins. It has a fundamental role in cellular oxidation. It is a co-factor in a number of enzymes involved with energy metabolism.

It is a yellow-orange crystalline substance. It is referred to as Vitamin B2, but this is not strictly true, since Vitamin B2 is a complex of several vitamins. It is soluble in water to a limited degree and insoluble in fat-solvents.

Riboflavin is absorbed into the bloodstream through small intestine. It is mainly stored in liver up to one- third of its total quantity.

Functions of Riboflavin in Our Body

• It works as a coenzyme in tissue oxidation and respiration, and is involved in metabolism in protein, carbohydrate and fat.
• It is necessary for normal growth and for the fine conditions of skin and eyes.
• It promotes general health and helps body cells in using oxygen for release of energy from food.
• It renders the urine a green fluorescence.
• It promotes vigor and helps in looking young.
• It prevents constipation and protects eyes against glaucoma. It strengthens the muscles and nerves of the eyes.

Natural Sources of Riboflavin

Its richest natural sources are milk, eggs, liver, kidney and green leafy vegetables. Meat and fish contain small amounts. Cereals (whether whole or milled) and pulses are relatively poor sources but because of the bulk in which they are consumed, the contribute much of the riboflavin to Indian diets. Germination increases the riboflavin content of pulses and cereals.

Daily Requirement of Riboflavin

Daily requirement is 0.6 per 1000 kcal of energy intake.

Riboflavin Deficiency

Riboflavin deficiency almost always occurs in association with deficiencies of other B-complex vitamins such as pyridoxine; it is usually a part of a multiple deficiency syndrome.

• Its deficiency may result in cracking of lip-corner; redness and burning/itching of eyes, vascularisation of the cornea, eyes get extremely sensitive to light; magenta coloured and soreness of the tongue, mouth and throat with burning sensation; scrotal or vulval dermatitis; hyperemia and edema of mucous membranes; glossitis; angular stomatitis; anemia due to red cell hypoplasia of the bone marrow.

bulletVitamin A (RETINOL)bulletVitamin B1 (THIAMINE)
bulletVitamin B2 (RIBOFLAVIN)bulletVitamin B3 (NIACIN)
bulletVitamin B6 (PYRIDOXINE)bulletVitamin B5 (PANTOTHENIC ACID)
bulletVitamin D (CALCIFEROL)bulletVitamin E (TOCOFEROL)
bulletVitamin K (MENADIONE)bulletVitamin B9 (FOLIC ACID)
bulletVitamin B12 (CYANOCOBALAMIN)bulletVitamin C (ASCORBIC ACID)
bulletPara Amino Benzoic Acid (PABA)bulletVitamin Inositol
bulletVitamin CholinebulletVitamin B8 (BIOTIN)

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