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Top 5 Signs of Vitamin B2 Deficiency

Wednesday, 19 Jan 2011 04:56 PM

Vitamin deficiency affects various metabolic and physiological activities in the body. Deficiency of vitamin B2 directly affects the cellular processes running in the body. Vitamin B2 deficiency is also known as vitamin B2 riboflavin deficiency.
A vitamin B2 deficiency affects the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, ketone bodies, and proteins in the body. So it can be said that a vitamin deficiency directly affects a person's energy level. Another factor is that vitamin B2 deficiency results in other vitamin deficiencies as well.
It is easy to identify the signs of vitamin B2 riboflavin deficiency. As riboflavin is regularly excreted from the urine, riboflavin deficiency symptoms become very common and easily identifiable. Riboflavin deficiency symptoms include:
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Sore tongue and lips
  • Infection in the mouth and throat
  • Extreme and unusual sensitivity to light
  • Irritability in the eyes
  • Chapped lips
Women need to take special care to ensure that they don't have a vitamin deficiency as riboflavin deficiency causes problems in the reproduction system, growth and repair of body tissues, as well as problems in the immune system.
Vitamin B2 deficiency may occur when either the person’s daily consumption of the vitamin is low or their body is not absorbing enough vitamins. It is best to eat natural sources of vitamin B2 as the vitamins are easily absorbed this way. One should therefore adhere to a diet that complements the vitamin requirements of the body. Some foods that are rich sources of vitamin B2 are meat, mushrooms, almonds, whole grains, and green leafy vegetables. However, to balance vitamin B2 riboflavin deficiency, experts have recommended 1.7 mg/day of riboflavin for men and 1.3 mg/day for women.

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