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Vitamin B2: Fun Facts and Health Information About Riboflavin


What is the recommended dosage of Vitamin B2 for an adult:
25 – 300mg

What is the molecular formula:
C17H20N4O6

What does Vitamin B2 do in the body:
Helps in production of energy from foods and the formation of red blood cells.

What foods contain and are a good source of Vitamin B2:
asparagus
bananas
persimmons
okra
chard
cottage cheese
milk
yogurt
meat
eggs
fish
green beans

Riboflavin is destroyed by exposure to ultraviolet light, so milk sold in transparent bottles will likely contain less riboflavin than milk sold in opaque containers.

What does a deficiency in Vitamin B2 cause:
Ariboflavinosis

What are the symptoms of Vitamin B2 deficiency:
cheilosis
high sensitivity to sunlight
angular cheilitis
glossitis
seborrheic dermatitis or pseudo-syphilis
pharyngitis
hyperemia
edema of the pharyngeal and oral mucosa

What happens if you overdose on the vitamin:
Riboflavin is not toxic when taken orally, as its low solubility keeps it from being absorbed in dangerous amounts from the gut. Although toxic doses can be administered by injection, any excess at nutritionally relevant doses is excreted in the urine, imparting a bright yellow color when in large quantities. In humans, there is no evidence for riboflavin toxicity produced by excessive intakes, though it helps relieve muscle pain.

Solubility: Water

What is the scientific name: Riboflavin

When was the vitamin discovered: 1920