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Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
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What is vitamin B2 (riboflavin)?

Vitamin B2 (ribflavin) is a water-soluble vitamin which is required for a variety of processes in the body. Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) is a component of specific coenzymes.

Being a water-soluble vitamin means that any excess vitamin B2 (riboflavin) that is consumed is normally excreted through the urine.

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) is required for energy metabolism and for the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins.

Certain groups of people can become deficient in vitamin B2 (riboflavin) when supplementation may be advised.

A deficiency of vitamin B2 (riboflavin) is relatively common and causes the following symptoms:


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Important vitamin B2 (riboflavin) facts

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Why vitamin B2 (riboflavin) is important

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) is important to either prevent or treat various health conditions:

In addition to this, vitamin B2 appears to be necessary for maintaining healthy cognitive function and lowering risk of depression.


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Last reviewed: 30 September 2007 || Last updated: 14 March 2010


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NOTE: Mega doses of any type of vitamin, mineral, amino acid or herbal supplement cannot cure illnesses and in fact can be very dangerous and produce toxic side effects and interfere with medicine you are taking. Always ensure you consult your doctor before taking any type of complementary supplements.
Disclaimer: This guide is not intended to be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. For any treatment or diagnosis of illness, please see your doctor.


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