Functions of riboflavin(B2) in your body: (1,2)
- Needed for energy metabolism
- Needed to convert B6, folic acid, vitamin A, and niacin into its active form
- Required for proper thyroid function
- Used in fat metabolism
- Involved in the metabolism of vitamin K
- Used in the cytochrome P450 system to metabolize meds and environmental toxins in your liver
- Needed in the regeneration of glutathione (the strongest antioxidant produced by your body)
Substances that reduce the availability of riboflavin: (3,4):
- Vitamin B3
- Vitamin C
Food sources (most to least and certainly not an all inclusive list): (5)
- Brewer's yeast
- Liver (lamb)
- Wild rice
- Egg yolks
- Peppers (hot red)
*The processing of food decreases the riboflavin content by up to 80% (6)*
1. Ibid., Collins, p. 194.
2. Ibid., Bland, Clinical Nutrition: A Functional Approach, p. 108.
3. Ibid., Bland, Clinical Nutrition: A Functional Approach, p. 107.
4. Ibid., Gaby, Nutritional Therapy in Medical Practice, p. 7.
5. Ibid., Bland, Clinical Nutrition: A Functional Approach, p. 108.
6. Ibid., Colgan, p. 89.