What is the role of riboflavin or vitamin B2?
The second member of the complex vitamin B family, vitamin B2 or riboflavin, is water soluble and cannot be accumulated in our body. Vitamin B2 needs to be consumed daily because it is an important part of a nutritious diet.
Vitamin B2 :
- Plays an important role in the energy production in the body.
- Promotes the production of red blood cells.
- Controls growth and maturation of reproductive organs and is necessary for normal growth of the body.
- Protects the digestive tract, supports healthy fetal development, boosts immunity levels, improves mineral absorption and helps to rebuild tissues.
- Some studies have shown that vitamin B2 may help to slow the progression of AIDS.
- It may also help to improve your vision and protect your eyes.
- It may help fight migraine attacks.
- Can help regulate thyroid activity.
- Ensures healthy bowel movements.
- B2 vitamins play a role by supplying antioxidants to fight off free radicals in the body, and may help to prevent cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
Lack of vitamin B2 may cause:
- a feeling of weakness in the body or soreness in other body parts.
- Swelling in the throat .
- Blood in deficiency, most particularly, red blood cell deficiency which can progress to anemia in extreme circumstances.
- Eyesight may suffer if the body lacks in vitamin B2. It may result in bloodshot, blurred vision and light sensitivity and eys may become itchy and start watering.
- Skin diseases like acne and dermatitis are common.
- There is a greater probability of throat and mouth infections.
- Mood can be affected such as frequent irritability and depression.
- Development of burning feet syndrome.
- Cervical cancer, a prevalent concern for women who lack vitamin B2.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome.
- The tongue to slowly turn to the color of magenta.
- Decreased immunity levels.
- Swelling and fissures.
- Cracks to begin forming in the corner of your mouth.
- Older ones are at a higher risk to suffer from vitamin B2 deficiency.
Because some people tend to lose appetite when they get older, the lack of a nutritious diet occurs and it leads the lack of Vitamin B2.
- Alcoholics also tend to suffer from vitamin B2 deficiency.
You can easily avoid the risk of developing a deficiency of vitamin B2 by making sure to consume balanced meals.