INGREDIENT SPOTLIGHT: Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

image of vitamin b2 Vitamin B2, also known as Riboflavin, is an extremely important vitamin that can be found in a variety of animal based and plant based food items. It serves a range of purposes for the human body, such as helping enzymes to protect the human body from the damage caused by free radicals, ensuring the development and proper functioning of the skin, performing the functions of metabolism and maintaining the functioning of blood cells and the lining of the digestive tract. Vitamin B2 is also known to be a micronutrient that easily gets absorbed by the cells located in the human body. It is generally found in food items such as enriched flour, green vegetables, meat, nuts, milk and eggs. Other sources of Vitamin B2 include ready to eat foods like cereals and breads, yeast, yogurt and cheese.

The daily requirement for Vitamin B2 for the human body ranges from 1.1mg – 1.6mg. Moreover, Riboflavin has also been approved by the FDA and it is generally considered to be an extremely safe ingredient. The main reason for the apparent lack of danger of Vitamin B2 over dosage is that the human body simply excretes the excess Riboflavin by way of sweat or urine. Vitamin B2 is considered to be directly involved with the metabolic processes of the human body. As a result, it is extremely important in terms of normal cell functioning and energy production. Vitamin B2 also plays a crucial role in assisting other Vitamin Bs to become useful to the human body by undergoing a chemical change.

3D model of Riboflavin The lack of Vitamin B2 can lead to a deficiency known as Ariboflavinosis. This normally occurs of your Vitamin B2 intake becomes lesser than 0.5mg per day. The main symptoms of Vitamin B2 deficiency are soreness in your throat, weakness, cracking of the skin, anemia and dermatitis. Lesser known symptoms include fatigue, bloodshot eyes, itching, blurred vision and watering of the eyes. It is also said that alcoholics, elderly and the chronically ill are more susceptible to Vitamin B2 deficiency than others.

Now that the importance of Vitamin B2 for the human body is clear, why not understand how this vitamin can assist in your skin care treatments and processes?

Antioxidant protection – Vitamin B2 plays a major role in saving the human body from damage caused by free radicals.  This is because the vitamin serves as a major component of the glutathione reductase enzyme, which protects the human body from free radical damage.

young woman with healthy shiny hair Healthy Hair – Deficiency of Vitamin B2 along with deficiencies in Vitamin B1, B3 and B5 can lead to improperly nourished hair follicles that can ultimately cause stunted hair growth or brittle hair.

Healthy Nails – The nails require an extremely balanced diet in order to remain healthy. Vitamin B2 helps the human body to absorb mineral iron, a compound that is necessary for strong and healthy nails. Without access to this iron, the nails can become thin, brittle and white. Improper nail growth is also known to be a common side effect of Vitamin B2 deficiency.

Maintaining healthy skin and preventing acne breakouts – A sufficient amount of vitamins and minerals are essential for your skin care. Vitamin B Complex promotes healthy skin and speeds up your cell metabolisms. Moreover, research has also proved that Vitamin B can benefit the skin when consumed orally as well as when applied topically. Since Vitamin B2 is an important ingredient of the Vitamin B Complex, it plays a huge role in skin care as well.

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