Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
Riboflavon is necessary for
red blood cell formation, antibody production, cell respiration, and
growth. It alleviates eye fatigue and is important in the prevention and
treatment of cataracts. It aids in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats,
and proteins. Together with vitamin A, it maintains and improves the
mucous membranes in the digestive tract. Riboflavin also facilitates the
use of oxygen by the tissues of the skin, nails, and hair; eliminates dandruff;
and helps the absorption of iron and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine).
Consumption of adequate amounts of riboflavon is important during pregnancy,
because a lack of this vitamin can damage a developing fetus even if a woman
shows no signs of deficiency. Riboflavon is needed for the metabolism of
the amino acid tryptophan, which is converted into
niacin in the body. Carpal tunnel syndrome may benefit from a treatment
program that includes riboflavon and vitamin B6.
Symptoms of Deficiency: Cracks and sores at the corners of the
mouth, eye disorders, inflammation of the mouth and tongue, and skin lesions, a
group of symptoms collectively referred to as ariboflavinosis.
Other possible deficiency symptoms include dermatitis, dizziness, hair loss,
insomnia, light sensitivity, poor digestion, retarded growth, and slowed mental
Eight (8) B's and their benefits:
B3 (Niacin, Nicotinic Acid,
for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC and James F. Balch,
Nutrition 4 Health
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