The Wonderful Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
It’s not surprising that most people couldn’t tell you much about Riboflavin. It’s a humble warrior that quietly goes about its magic. Perhaps it adds some flavin’ to food? Or perhaps it’s found in ribs?
Even though it isn’t a vitamin that adds flavour like its name might suggest nor be found specifically in a rack of ribs, quite a lot of foods that contain Riboflavin are actually very tasty. Some foods rich in Riboflavin include soy beans, beet greens, yogurt, mushrooms, eggs, asparagus and almonds. There is also one more food that is rich in Riboflavin – REIZE!
Fast Fact Number 1
Out of all of the B vitamins, riboflavin is probably the most outspoken. It is outspoken in the sense that you can physically tell if your body has consumed enough Riboflavin because you will notice that your pee will be extra yellow if you have. It is actually the only vitamin that gives you an actual indication of its workings inside your body! However, due to riboflavin being water-soluble, your body flushes it out everyday, therefore it must be replenished daily.
Fast Fact Number 2
Some of the world’s healthiest foods are very rich in vitamin B2. Foods like fortified cereals, spirulina (dried seaweed) and whey powder. In fact, the typical western diet receives about one-quarter to one-third of its riboflavin intake through milk and other dairy products.
Fast Fact Number 3
Just like its other B-group vitamin compatriots, riboflavin plays a role in energy metabolism and energy production. More specifically, the metabolism of iron is also a major role that riboflavin plays.
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Vitamin B2 also offers antioxidant protection, helps break down carbohydrates, fats and proteins in the body and allows oxygen to be used. Researches have also found that it is also important for eye health because it is needed to protect glutathione, which is a vital antioxidant inside the eye. A riboflavin rich diet can prevent cataracts developing and keep your eyes young and healthy!
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Riboflavin in your diet can also help those who suffer regular migraines. A recent study has shown that people who take regular doses of vitamin B2 experienced fewer migraines. So rip open your packet of REIZE if those pesky headaches are still lingering!
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) is a very important nutrient that may not add flavin’ to your food, but rather a whole bunch of nutritional benefits. Don’t underestimate the importance of having a riboflavin rich diet so get yourself a sachet of REIZE and reap the benefits!