Vitamin B2, otherwise known as riboflavin, is an important vitamin for processing and creating energy in the body. It does not actively get broken down like carbohydrates, proteins and fats do to create energy, rather, it helps allow these processes to happen.

Health considerations

A deficiency in this vitamin causes a condition called ariboflavinosis. People with this condition can experience inflammation of the eyes, lips, mouth and tongue, scaly and greasy skin eruptions, confusion, as well as cracks at the corners of the mouth. There are no known side effects of overconsumption of Vitamin B2.

May be found in

Cow’s milk, liver, red meat, poultry, fish, whole grains, enriched grain products, asparagus, broccoli, mushrooms, leafy green vegetables


Nutrition: Science and Applications

Alternative Spellings and Names

Vit B2, Riboflavin

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