Vitamin B2 aka Riboflavin

There are many different vitamin Bs. They each perform their own function and have their own benefits. However, it is best to take them all together in a vitamin B complex.

Vitamin B2 Riboflavin

Vitamin B2 is a water-soluble vitamin. It is important in the growth, development, and function of cells. It turns the food you eat into energy. Vitamin B2 can be depleted by antibiotics and alcohol consumption.


  • Promotes general health and energy

  • Important for blood formation, antibody production, cell respiration, and growth

  • Helps carbohydrates, fats, and protein to be metabolized

  • Works with vitamin A to maintain mucous membranes in the digestive tract

  • It helps the tissues in the skin, hair, and nails use oxygen

  • Gets rid of dandruff

  • Helps the body absorb iron and B6

  • Especially important in pregnancy for the development of the fetus

Signs of Deficiency

  • Eye problems such as being bloodshot, watering, fatigue, burning sensation under the eyelids, loss of distant vision

  • Mouth problems such as swollen, painful lips, red, painful tongue, cracks and sores around the mouth

  • Skin problems such as whiteheads and oily skin

  • Oily hair

  • Vaginal itching

  • Hair loss

  • Light sensitivity

  • Poor digestion

Food Sources

  • Organ meats

  • Eggs

  • Raw, leafy green vegetables

  • Chicken

  • Yogurt

  • Fish

  • Legumes

  • Milk

  • Whole grains

Herb Sources

  • Alfalfa

  • Bladderwrack

  • Burdock root

  • Catnip

  • Capsicum

  • Chamomile

  • Chickweed

  • Eyebright

  • Fennell seed

  • Fenugreek

  • Ginseng

  • Hops

  • Mullein

  • Nettle

  • Oat straw

  • Parsley

  • Peppermint

  • Raspberry leaves

  • Red Clover

  • Rose Hips

  • Sage

  • Yellow dock

Hovis, Beth S., ND, MH, CCII. "Vitamins & Minerals." N.p., n.d. Web. 27 July 2020.

"Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS)." National Institutes of Health. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, n.d. Web.


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