What Are the Best Sources of Vitamin B2?

Tuesday, 01 Feb 2011 03:07 PM

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With an increased emphasis on health, the average person today is tuned in to the latest research on the benefits of vitamins. Among all the vitamins, B2 plays its own special role in the human body. Also called Riboflavin, vitamin B2 is manufactured and used up by the body. There is a constant demand for this essential nutrient.

Vitamin B2 releases energy for the body's metabolism. Vitamin B2 benefits the skin, nails, eyes, lips, mouth, and tongue. It fights fatigue and protects against cancer. Chronic alcoholics and pregnant women are susceptible to a deficiency of this vitamin.

There are many natural sources of vitamin B2. One of the best-known sources of vitamin B2 is almonds. The benefits of vitamin B2 derived from almonds are simply amazing. They not only replenish the red blood cells of the body, but also provide energy and stamina.

Milk products including milk, yogurt, and cheese are important sources of riboflavin. Leafy green vegetables like spinach are excellent sources of vitamin B2. The benefits of vitamin B2 present in green leafy vegetables have been popularized not only by doctors but also by nutritionists. Green leafy vegetables also provide the necessary iron and minerals required for the body.

There are many animal sources of this vitamin. Vitamin B2 is found in organ meats like liver and kidneys. Regular intake of fish also helps prevent vitamin B2 deficiency.

Consuming eggs and yeast boosts vitamin B2 reserves. Whole grains, buckwheat, cocoa powder, kidney beans, millet, sweet potato, nuts, and legumes are also foods that serve as good sources of vitamin B2. These cater to the regular nutrient requirement of human beings, contributing to the development and growth of the human body.

Apart from the various natural sources of vitamin B2, supplements are also available. Vitamin B2 supplements fulfill the need of vitamin B2 in the body. Take 20 to 25 mg of multivitamin supplements for optimum health benefits. Keep in mind that it is always better to rely on natural sources of vitamin B2 rather than on vitamin B2 supplements.

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