It’s one of eight B vitamins that are soluble in water. It plays a major role in converting carbohydrates into sugar, which is then burned to produce energy.
The eight B vitamins (which are often called B complex vitamins) are also needed to breakdown fats and proteins. They also keep good muscle tone in the digestive system and help with good health in the nervous system, skin, hair eyes mouth and liver.We can start to suffer from:
- Visual disturbances
- Problems with digestion
- Painful cracks at the corners of the mouth
Unlike the other seven B vitamins, riboflavin isn’t in many foods, so the most common reason for not getting enough of it is dietary. This is especially a problem in elderly people.
It’s also destroyed by light, so any foods containing it, or supplements, should be kept in the dark. This is why many dairies changed to cartons.
Riboflavin can be found in:
- Brewer’s yeast
- Wild rice
- Wheat germ
- Brussels sprouts
Riboflavin can withstand heat but as it is a soluble vitamin, it can be lost in the water when foods are cooked. You can counteract this by keeping the water from your sprouts to make gravy. Many varieties of flour and breakfast cereals have riboflavin added to them.
Yes – that’s a good idea if you don’t eat a balanced diet. Look for a multivitamin that has 100-300% of the recommended daily intake for all of the essential vitamins and minerals that it contains. Riboflavin absorbs into your stomach best if taken with a meal. It’s recommended that if you are taking B2, you should also take a single B vitamin with it, to prevent the B vitamins from becoming unbalanced.