What's the Big Deal About B2?
Vitamin B2, otherwise referred to as riboflavin, is a water soluble vitamin that is quickly rinsed from our bodies and so we must eat fruits and vegetables that supply it on a daily basis!
Riboflavin has many distinct and essential uses for our systems. It acts as an important antioxidant and helps create energy in our bodies.
Since our resources of vitamin B2 are depleted daily, we must replenish it often. Vitamin B2 is one of a number of B vitamins known as the B-complex compounds, all of which have important roles to play.
B2 scavenges free radicals from our bodies. It is also an important anti-carcinogen. Riboflavin helps to diminish migraine headaches, and is often prescribed for that purpose. It also is necessary for the healthy functioning of the heart and blood vessels.
By breaking down proteins, fats and carbohydrates, vitamin B2 also plays an important role in the production of energy. A deficiency of vitamin B2 leads to anemia, so riboflavin also plays a key role in the prevention of anemia.
Further, vitamin B2 is essential for healthy mucous membranes. It is necessary, as well, for the prevention of such skin irritations as acne and eczema. It is also important for healthy hair and nails. Riboflavin helps heal wounds.
Vitamin B2 is essential for eye health and the prevention of cataracts. It is necessary, as well, for the healthy function of our bowels. It is especially important for our nervous systems and plays a key role in lowering our risk of Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety disorders and epilepsy. B2 also assists in thyroid function.
Best Food Sources for Vitamin B2
There are many great sources of riboflavin, particularly from the veggies we eat.
The best sources are button, or crimini mushrooms, spinach, beet greens, asparagus and sea vegetables. Other great sources are collard greens, Swiss chard, green bean, broccoli, bok choy, turnip greens, shiitake mushrooms, kale, mustard greens and bell peppers.
Let's look at my favorite juice recipe high in B2.
- 4 Carrots
- Handful of Spinach
- 1/2 Red Bell Pepper
- 1 Apple
- 1 slice fresh Ginger
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 20 oz.