Vitamin B2 or Riboflavin is a part of the vitamin B group. This water soluble vitamin acts as a co enzyme in metabolic pathways and is essential for energy production. It is a powerful anti-oxidant and prevents cell damage and effects of ageing.
Riboflavin or Vitamin B2 boosts energy levels and immune system and keeps the skin, hair and nails healthy. It also protects the reproductive system and is necessary for eye health and a good memory. Since it is not stored in large quantities in the body, it is important to have an adequate intake. The recommended daily allowance for B2 for adults is 1-2 mg per day. Breast feeding mothers need extra B2.
The best juicing sources of B2 (riboflavin) are:
- Brussel Sprouts
- Beet Greens,
Most cereals and flour are fortified with B2. Since it is destroyed by light, it is important to store them in a cool dark place. It is heat stable and cooking has no effect on it.
Riboflavin or B2 deficiency can be due to inadequate diet or poor absorption. Its deficiency can lead to cracks at the corners of mouth, mouth ulcers, rough and dry skin, iron deficiency, tiredness and red or itchy eyes.
It is used to prevent migraine headaches and cataracts.
B1 or Riboflavin is generally safe and it can be taken during pregnancy and breast feeding. There is no scientific evidence of any serious side effects; however it can change the colour of urine to a dark yellow or orange.