Vitamin B2

Vitamin B2Vitamin B2, also called riboflavin, is a water-soluble vitamin present in most animal and plant tissues. Riboflavin provides the yellow colour to vitamin supplement solutions, and the unusual fluorescent-yellow color to the urine of persons who supplement with high-dose B-complex preparations. In addition to being used as a food coloring, it is also used to fortify some foods. It is used in baby foods, breakfast cereals, pastas, sauces, processed cheese, fruit drinks, vitamin-enriched milk products, and some energy drinks.

Key roles in our body:

Food Sources:

Vitamin B2 helps improve the following conditions:

  1. Anemia
  2. Cataracts
  3. Migraine Headache

Recommended Daily Intake : RDI



Good Sources to read on Vitamin B2: Wikipedia; UMM

Low B-Vitamin Intakes Correlate With Depression In Older Adults

New research links higher B vitamin intakes to a decrease in symptoms of depression in older adults.

Low intakes of the B vitamins are thought to contribute to depression in some people, but until now there has been little supporting evidence from population-based studies of older adults.

In a recent study published online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers examined whether certain dietary intakes of vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and folic acid correlated with symptoms of depression.

The study group consisted of 3,503 adults aged 65 and older who were followed over an average of 7.2 years. Vitamin intakes from diet and supplements were assessed using food frequency questionnaires, and the presence of depression was measured periodically using a standardised version of the Centre for Epidemiologic Studies Depression scale.

After 12 years of follow-up, higher B vitamin intakes (including supplementation) were associated with a lower risk of depressive symptoms. The lowered risk remained after adjusting for age, sex, race, education, income, and anti-depressant medication use. The risk of developing depression symptoms decreased by 2 percent for every 10mg (milligram) increase in daily vitamin B6 intake. The same effect was true for every 10µg (microgram) increase in vitamin B12 intake. Increased intakes of the B vitamins through food intake alone did not significantly reduce depression incidence.

Both vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 are involved in healthy nervous system function, but because older adults often have difficulty absorbing the B12 found naturally in food, fortified foods and a multivitamin may be necessary to reach beneficial levels.

The results of this research indicate that high total intakes of vitamins B6 and B12 may be protective against depressive symptoms in older adults.

Source: Skarupski KA, et al. AJCN ePub ahead of print, doi:10.3945/ajcn.2010.29413. Retrieved online 2 June 2010.


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