Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) What, why and how much?
This vitamin is important for energy metabolism and optimal functioning of the central nervous system.
RDA is 1.1mg for men and 1.5mg for men.
Products with a good source of B2 include:
– milk and other dairy products
– organ meats such as liver
– whole grain
– Green vegetables, broccoli, spinach, asparagus
– some fruits like bananas
Vitamin B2 is fragile and disappears from food when it is exposed to UV light. Long-term exposure can be 50-80% of the vitamin loss!! Hence milk is often found in a carton and not in a plastic bottle!
B2 deficiency can cause digestive problems and skin. Also, inflammation of the eyelids and mouth occur.
Symptoms of an excess if B2 are not well documented.