Signs of Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) Deficiency: 

  • Anemia
  • Cracks and sores at the corners of the mouth
  • Dermatitis
  • Dizziness
  • Hair loss
  • Inflammation of the mouth and tongue
  • Insomnia
  • Poor digestion
  • Retarded growth and slowed mental response
  • Skin lesions
  • Visual disturbances (sensitivity to light, loss of visual acuity, cataract formation, burning and itching of the eyes) 

Health Concerns – What Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) is Used For: 

  • Migraine headaches
  • Sickle cell anemia 

What Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) Does:  

  • Aids in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins
  • Antibody production
  • Boosts athletic performance
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome may benefit from supplementation of Riboflavin
  • Cell respiration and growth
  • Necessary for red blood cell formation and helps the absorption of iron and vitamin B-6
  • Needed for the metabolism of the amino acid tryptophan, which is converted into niacin
  • Promotes healthy skin, nails hair, and eliminates dandruff
  • Protects against cancer
  • Together with Vitamin A, it maintains and improves the mucous membranes in the digestive tract  

FOOD SOURCES of Vitamins B-2 (Riboflavin) 

  • Almonds
  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cheese
  • Currants
  • Dandelion greens
  • Fish
  • Fortified breads & cereals
  • Green leafy vegetable
  • Kale
  • Meat
  • Milk
  • Millet
  • Molasses
  • Mushrooms
  • Nuts
  • Organ meats (liver, kidney, heart)
  • Peppers, hot red
  • Poultry
  • Soybeans (and flour)
  • Spinach
  • Split peas
  • Watercress
  • Wheat (bran & germ)
  • Whole grains
  • Wild rice
  • Yeast, Brewer’s & torula
  • Yogurt 

Herb Sources of Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin) 

  • Alfalfa
  • Bladderwrack
  • Burdock root
  • Catnip
  • Cayenne
  • Chamomile
  • Chickweed
  • Dulse
  • Eyebright
  • Fennel seed
  • Fenugreek
  • Ginseng
  • Hops
  • Horsetail
  • Kelp
  • Mullein
  • Nettle
  • Oat straw
  • Parsley
  • Peppermint
  • Raspberry leaves
  • Red clover
  • Rose hips
  • Sage
  • Yellow dock 

Other Sources – Name Brands: 

  • Cataplex B by Standard Process Labs is a high-quality, whole food based B Complex

Cautions & Comments about Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

  • Consumption of adequate amount of riboflavin is important during pregnancy, because a lack can damage a developing fetus (even though there is no sign of deficiency)
  • Pregnancy, breast-feeding, taking the pill, and heavy drinking all call for an increased intake of Riboflavin
  • Factors that increase the need for riboflavin include the use of oral contraceptives and strenuous exercise.
  • Riboflavin is easily destroyed by light, antibiotics and alcohol, but not by cooking
  • Anti-malarials interfere with riboflavin metabolism