Riboflavin (B2)

Sophie Medlin
Dietitian

Major Functions

Production of two protein-dependant cofactors (FAD and FMN) - Maintenance of normal metabolism - Energy and red blood cell maintenance

In every dose

30mg (equal to 7.5 pints of dairy milk or 150 cups of quinoa)

Fighting Talk

Vitamin B2 may have protective qualities against Parkinson’s disease, as sufferers have been shown to have significantly lower levels than healthy individuals. It could also be beneficial in reducing risk of Alzheimer’s.

What’s in it for my brain?

As its other B vitamin cohorts, Riboflavin contributes to a well functioning nervous system.

Fringe benefits

Essential for energy release from food

Protects eyes from free radical damage (antioxidant)

Plays well with

Riboflavin is available through diet, but mostly from animal sources, so those on a plant-based diet benefit from supplementation. To optimise the release of energy, it’s best consumed with other B vitamins. It’s also easily destroyed by the sun, so supplement for security.

Clever stuff

A study of migraine-sufferers showed that daily supplementation of vitamin B2 cut migraine frequency in half.

For the nerdy

Here’s a handful of relevant scientific studies on vitamin B2.

Science moves faster than we do, but we’re updating these lists as often as we can.

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