Where can I get it?
Vitamin B2 is widely available in natural food stuffs such as plants and animals; a well-balanced diet rich in dairy products, cereals such as breakfast and bars as well as meat products. You will get over 13% of your vitamin B2 intake from each of these categories depending on how much of them you eat.
What function does it have in the body?
Vitamin B2 is vital to normal growth which is why it is essential to get your vitamin B2 during pregnancy. It plays an important part in the synthesis of red blood cells and steroids in the body, as well as glycogen. Vitamin B2 assists in the reduction of the effects of oxidization. It is needed to process amino acids and fats, helps convert carbohydrates and activates vitamin B6. So it’s a bit of an all-rounder in terms of helping your natural body processes.
It also helps with the breakdown of fat. The body absorbs Vitamin B2 through the small intestine distributing it throughout the body, which stores very little of this vitamin. It is excreted through the urine. If you take more than you need, it is excreted unchanged – the body only takes what it needs!
What if I don’t have enough?
Signs of deficiency of vitamin B2 are dermatitis, cracked skin. Your eyes may be sensitive to bright light and have some form of skin condition. People can become prone to a lack of vitamin B2 through constant dieting, old age or using fibre-based laxatives and if you exercise every day or extensively. Deficiency of this vitamin is thought to predispose us to tumour formation.
There is no evidence of any toxic of adverse reactions in humans, which is not surprising as the body only takes what it needs and gets rid of excess through the urine. Daily intake of vitamin B2 is recommended at 40mg per day for a 60kg adult and to increase this during pregnancy and lactation. Bearing in mind you will get around 14% from the three food groups then you may well need to supplement your diet if you cannot get enough from your food. Take a vitamin B2 supplement; especially if a deficiency is evident.
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