Vitamin B2

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.
  • Fatigue 
  • 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.
Additional Concerns: 
  • 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.


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Food Safety & Hokto Mushrooms

America’s food supply is among the safest in the world, yet recent salmonella outbreaks in eggs have some people wondering about what foods are safe to eat and what to do to avoid food-borne illness.

Today’s blog takes a look at foods with the lowest risk and includes tips on how to handle and prepare food to keep contamination at an all time low.

The FDA estimates that there are more than 76 million cases of food-borne illness annually, meaning making wise food choices and taking simple precautions can lower the risk dramatically. The best way to avoid food-borne illness is to prevent it. Foods most likely to cause food poisoning include raw or undercooked meat, poultry and fish, and unpasteurized milk.

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Add Pizzazz with Hokto Mushrooms

Frozen dinners have come a long way since the ‘50s. Today, with the increased use of microwave ovens and less time spent stove cooking, frozen dinners have become a large part our dinner meal time. According to a Harris Interactive online survey, each American chills out with six frozen meals per month. Research by the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) reports that over $4.5 billion is spent on frozen meals per year, mostly because consumers want convenience and prefer to eat dinner at home after a busy week. Summer excursions and back-to-school shopping trips cut further into dinner prep time, resulting in even less time spent on meal planning and cooking and increased spending on frozen entrees and pizza.

Fun Facts:

1. The average American eats an average of 46 slices (23 pounds) of pizza a year.

2. Americans eat approximately 100 acres of pizza each day, or 350 slices per second.

3. Kids between the ages of 3 to 11 prefer pizza over all other food groups for lunch and dinner.

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National Men’s Health Week: Men, Umami and Hokto Mushrooms

National Men’s Health Week is celebrated each year as the week leading up to and including Father’s Day, which this year occurs between June 14th and June 22nd. The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to increase awareness of preventable health problems and to encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.  Research has shown us that a diet high in plant foods can help lower risk for disease such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, high blood pressure and diabetes. Good dietary habits can begin at any age and mushrooms may contribute significantly towards better health.

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