Vitamin B2, also called riboflavin, is continuously excreted in the urine of healthy individuals, making deficiency relatively common when dietary intake is insufficient. However, vitamin B2 deficiency is always accompanied by deficiencies of other vitamins.
A deficiency of riboflavin can be primary, caused by poor vitamin sources in one’s daily diet, or secondary, resulting from conditions that affect absorption in the intestines, the body’s inability to use the vitamin, or increased excretion of the vitamin from the body.
As food processing depletes many naturally occurring nutrients, supplementation is important to insure proper intake vitamins.
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) is a nutrient necessary to support the functioning of the adrenal glands, the nervous system, and the eyes. It is also essential for certain metabolic processes, including converting food into energy.
There are also studies linking riboflavin to the abatement of migraine headaches.
Vitamin B Complex:
Vitamin B2 is one of eight B vitamins. All B vitamins help the body convert food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose), which is “burned” to produce energy. These B vitamins, often referred to as B complex vitamins, help the body metabolize fats and protein. B complex vitamins are necessary for healthy skin, hair, eyes, and liver. They also help the nervous system function properly.*
The eight vitamins that make up the B complex are all water soluble, meaning the body does not store excess amounts (with the exception of vitamin B12, stored in the liver). Rather, unused B vitamins are excreted through urine. This means you need a continuous supply of the B vitamins from your diet.