Riboflavin - Vitamin B2

Riboflavin is also known as Vitamin B2. Eggs and milk are abundant in riboflavin. Other riboflavin-rich food includes meat (including organ meats), whole grains, bread, fruits, and vegetables. It is also good to consume fresh food since boiling, heating, and microwaving can remove some of this nutrient (riboflavin is water-soluble).

Health Functions
Riboflavin is essential for the function of two coenzymes: flavin mononucleotide (FMN) and flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD). These coenzymes are important for the production of energy, growth and development, cellular function, and metabolism.

Disease Risk Reduction
Consuming sufficient amounts of riboflavin reduces the risk for developing cataracts. It also lowers homocysteine levels and prevents or reduces the severity of migraines and headaches.

Groups at Risk
Individuals who are at risk for riboflavin deficiency include pregnant and lactating women (and their infants), vegetarians and vegans (zero or very low consumption of animal-based products), and people with infantile Brown-Vialetto-Van Laere syndrome.

Intake Recommendations
The complications of riboflavin deficiency include anemia, cataracts, hair loss, skin diseases, edema of the throat and mouth, reproductive problems, and hyperemia (excess blood). Fortunately, these problems can be easily reversed by adding riboflavin-rich food in the diet or taking riboflavin supplements. The recommended daily allowance for riboflavin is 1.0-1.3 milligrams per day for an adult. Pregnant and lactating women may need up to 1.6 milligrams of riboflavin.

7D VARIETY Recommendations
A cup of Energy Dates can provide 9% of your recommended daily intake for riboflavin. Energy Dates is not a rich source of riboflavin but adding it to your diet is still beneficial because it can still help you reach the daily recommended intake. 7D VARIETY recommends everyone, even vegetarians, to consume Energy Dates; since vegetarians are susceptible to riboflavin deficiency. Energy Dates can help you achieve the required riboflavin Intake.