Riboflavin is necessary for carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism. Riboflavin aids in immunity, maintains cell respiration, and is necessary for the maintenance of good vision, skin, nails and hair. Riboflavin is required for red blood cell formation, antibody production, cell respiration and growth. Important for good muscle tone. Involved in metabolism of protein, protein fats, and carbohydrates. Aids in growth and reproduction promotes healthy hair, skin, nails, alleviates eye fatigue eliminate soreness of mouth and lips help burn carbohydrates, fat and protein.
Good for : Quality of hair, and skin.
In Studies: Essential for : Oxygen consumption, energy production from sugars, growth, brain and nerve function
Technicals: Subsequent to the discovery of thiamin was the discovery of a more heat-stable factor that was named vitamin B2, or riboflavin. Riboflavin is a water-soluble, yellow, fluorescent compound. The primary form of the vitamin is as an integral component of the coenzymes flavin mononucleotide (FMN) and flavin-adenine dinucleotide (FAD) (McCormick, 1994; McCormick and Greene, 1994; Merrill et al., 1981). It is in these bound coenzyme forms that riboflavin functions as a catalyst for redox reactions.
In the intestine the absorption of it occurs through an active process in the intestinal mucosa cells before entering the blood circulation.
Excretion: it is rapidly excreted by the kidneys in quantity up to 200 micrograms per 24 hours. The urine may turn strong yellow. Pale urine indicates a possible vit B2 deficiency. (The limit is set at 25 micrograms of it per gram of creatinine excreted in the urine)..
flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD), Flavin mononucleotide (FMN), Riboflavin 5’-Phosphate
Sources: Milk, eggs, fish, cheese, brewer's yeast, organ meats such as, liver and tongue, leafy vegetables and whole grain breads.
Synergist: B-Complex, B-6, Niacin, Vitamin C.
Signs or Symptoms of a Deficiency: The first signs of a vitamin B2 deficiency appear at the mouth angles as a discoloration of the mucosa (angular stomatitis). Possible Candida Albicans overgrowth gives it a red and swollen outlook. Reddened, greasy scaly, puritic skin in the oroaculogenital areas; seborrheic dermatitis, dyssebacea (shark skin), angular stomatitis, cheilosis, magenta tongue.
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