What is Riboflavin?
Riboflavin, also known as vitamin B2, was first identified in the 1930's. It is a water soluble vitamin that must be obtained from the diet, however 22% of women and 12% of men have riboflavin intakes below the Reference Nutrient Intakes (RNI's). People who are deficient in riboflavin often have cracks and sores in the corner of their mouths and itchy, watery eyes with increased sensitivity to sunlight.
What does Riboflavin do?
Riboflavin has been suggested for treatment of migraine, carpal tunnel syndrome, muscle cramps and a variety of skin disorders but data and evidence is, as yet minimal. It is also thought to help with maintaining healthy eyes and minimising risk of cataracts developing.
Riboflavin also helps to repair and maintain soft tissue and is involved in the manufacture of red blood cells. The production process of both Immune System cells and the thyroid hormone, also rely on the presence of riboflavin.
Riboflavin is closely involved in the production process of antioxidant compounds, which protect the body's cells from the damaging effects of free radicals. For this reason alone it is believed that riboflavin is important in the maintenance of healthy Eyes.
Riboflavin is a very important nutrient as it contributes to:
- The maintenance of normal skin.
- The maintenance of normal vision.
- The reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
- The maintenance of normal red blood cells.
- The normal functioning of the nervous system.