Vitamin B2

Vitamin B2 is also called Riboflavin. It is essential for the growth and metabolism of nutrients. Vitamin B2 deficiency can be caused by not getting enough of the vitamin from the diet, malabsorption of intestine, or increase in the excretion of the vitamin from the body. The signs and symptoms of vitamin B2 deficiency include:

  • cracked and red lips
  • inflammation of the lining of mouth and tongue
  • mouth ulcers
  • cracks at the corners of the mouth
  • sore throat
  • dry and scaling skin
  • fluid in the mucous membranes
  • iron-deficiency anemia

A deficiency may also cause the eyes to become bloodshot, itchy, watery and sensitive to bright light. Vitamin B2 overdose is not harmful and excess intake of vitamin B2 will be excreted.

Sources of Vitamin B2:

Food / 100g Amount (mg)
Yeast extract 11.9
Lamb’s liver 4.6
Grapenuts 1.5
Nori seaweed, dried 1.3
Vegetable pate 1.3
Liver pate 1.2
Roasted venison 0.7
Goat’s milk cheese 0.6
Cheddar cheese 0.5
Eggs 0.5
Tomato sauce for pasta 0.5

How Much Vitamins You Need?

Dietary reference intake (DRIs): recommended intakes for infants, children, pregnant women and breastfeeding moms.

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