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Vitamin B-2 (a.k.a. riboflavin) is one of the B-complex vitamins which also includes biotin, choline, folic acid, inositol, vitamin B-1, vitamin B-3, vitamin B-5, vitamin B-6 and vitamin B-12. Riboflavin can be found in dairy products, eggs, leafy green vegetables, and whole grains.
Vitamin B-2 is necessary for proper function of the cardiovascular and nervous systems, and is also involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, protein and oxygen.
Riboflavin deficiency is not common but when it occurs it is known as ariboflavinosis. A common cause of B-2 deficiency is an abnormal or unvaried diet, as it is very easy to obtain enough riboflavin via a reasonably balanced diet. Individuals most susceptible to deficiency are those suffering from alcoholism, eating disorders, chronic liver disease, malabsorption, HIV disease, and the elderly.
In addition to being necessary for good health, vitamin B-2 has been shown to have other benefits. Studies show that riboflavin may play a role in reducing the occurrence of migraine headaches. Additionally, chronic riboflavin deficiency has been linked with development of esophageal cancer in certain areas of the world.
Use as directed and take with solid food. Riboflavin may harmlessly tint the urine a bright yellow color. Consult your physician before using any dietary supplements if you are currently taking any medications.