Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)

Riboflavin plays a critical role in the nervous system and helps it to function properly. It also is used in the energy metabolism in all cells. Riboflavin is actually part of a co-enzyme which combines with an enzyme to activate it. Enzymes facilitate chemical reactions in the body.

• Class of Vitamin: Water soluble (easily dissolves in water and is not stored in the body)

• What it does: part of coenzymes needed in active energy metabolism

• Good Sources: beef liver, cottage cheese, enriched cereal, spinach, milk, yogurt, pork chop, mushrooms

• What happens if you consume too much of it: nothing yet has been reported

• How much is too much: no upper intake value has been determined yet by the DRI committee

• What happens if you don’t consume enough: cracks and redness at corners of mouth, painful smooth purplish red tongue, sore throat, inflamed eyes and eyelids, sensitivity to light, skin rashes

• Daily Requirement Intake: Men=1.2 mg/day

Women=1.1 mg/day

This information can be found in any nutrition text book or on the National Institute of Health Website. This is only a basic description of vitamins and the amounts needed for an average adult diet of 2,000 calories. Some vitamins and foods may react with your body when on certain medications. Always consult your doctor before starting any supplements or diet. For further information consult with your Physician or a Registered Dietitian. Your way to excellent health starts with you.