What is riboflavin?
Riboflavin is a water-soluble B vitamin, also known as vitamin B2.
Why does it matter to me?
Riboflavin is essential for the body to produce energy. It is also associated with the processing of the proteins that are key to skin and eye health.
Riboflavin provides protection against potentially damaging chemicals that cause dangerous modifications in the body (antioxidant); in particular it promotes the creation of uric acid, a blood antioxidant.
Higher intakes of riboflavin have been shown by observational studies to significantly reduce the incidence of age related cataracts.How riboflavin interacts with other nutrients:
Riboflavin interacts with and enhances the way the body uses other vital vitamins such as niacin and folate, which all contribute to the prevention of chronic disease.What if I don’t get enough?
Deficiency of riboflavin leads to many problems due to its close relationship with other vitamins, for example studies have shown that the risk of preeclampsia during pregnancy is greatly increased by riboflavin deficiency.
Heavy drinkers are at risk of riboflavin deficiency.
People who are very physically active may have an increased requirement for riboflavin.How much do I need?
See the RDA table below but note some experts recommend a higher natural riboflavin intake for adults over the age of 50.
Please note that riboflavin in foods is easily destroyed by exposure to sunlight.
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