Riboflavin is a water soluble B vitamin.  It aids in the production of energy in all tissues in the body.  It is important for the metabolism on carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.  It acts as an antioxidant and is crucial for the maintenaince of the nervous system and the skin.

Signs & Symptoms of Vitamin B2 Deficiency:

  • Cheilosis (chapping of the lips)
  • Angular Stomatitis (cracking in the corners of the lips)
  • Photophobia (sensitivity to light)
  • Dry itchy eyes
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Memory loss
  • Neuropathy
  • Fatigue

Vitamin B2 has been shown to be beneficial in the following conditions:

Drugs, medications, or additives that may deplete or interfere with Vitamin B2 metabolism:

  • Thyroid hormone: increase utilization of riboflavin
  • Antibiotics cause increased secretion with long term use
  • Antacids destroy B2
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Phenothiazines (antipsychotics such as chlorpromazine)
  • Birth control pills
  • Methotrexate
  • Anticonvulsants: Phenytoin (Dilantin) in children
  • Probenecid (Benemid)
  • Thiazide diuretics (HCTZ, Maxzide, Dyazide, Microzide)
  • Furosemide diuretics
  • Alcohol
  • Possibly Caffeine (diuretic action)
  • Adriamycin (a chemotherapy drug)
  • Thyroid hormone: increase utilization of riboflavin
  • Antibiotics cause increased secretion with long term use
  • Antacids destroy B2
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Phenothiazines (antipsychotics such as chlorpromazine)
  • Birth control pills
  • Methotrexate
  • Anticonvulsants: Phenytoin (Dilantin) in children
  • Probenecid (Benemid)
  • Thiazide diuretics (HCTZ, Maxzide, Dyazide, Microzide)
  • Furosemide diuretics
  • Alcohol
  • Possibly Caffeine (diuretic action)
  • Adriamycin (a chemotherapy drug)

Laboratory testing for Vitamin B2:

  • Erythrocyte Glutathione Reductase Activity (EGRA)
  • Leukocyte functional assays (Spectracell labs)
  • Whole blood levels

Food Sources:

  • Meats including beef, chicken, and fish.  Organ meats, legumes, and nuts

Comments are closed.


Subscribe to:
Subscribe to the Web Wellness University

We Respect Your E-mail Privacy