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Riboflavin also known as Vitamin B2

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
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Riboflavin also known as Vitamin B2Deficiency:-
Normally Riboflavin deficiency is not easily recognized as it is mistaken for reaction to dryness of skin. It leads to sore throats, cracks and sores at the corners of the mouth called angular stomatitis, inflammation of mouth and peeling lips called Cheilosis, magenta colored and swollen tongue called Glossitis, edema & eye disorders. As the condition gets worse it leads to skin lesions / seborrhea dermatitis, loss of hair, sensitivity to light, poor digestion, retarded growth and gradually slower mental responses. Sometimes it also shows up as burning feet syndrome

Riboflavin and Drug/Nutrient Interactions/ Health conditions

Drugs: Alcohol, medications like antibiotic Tetracycline, antidepressant drugs, anti malarial drugs and certain anti-gout drugs, etc., have shown to decrease Riboflavin availability in the body and may need supplementation

Other Nutrients: The level of Thiamin (Vitamin B1) strongly affects the absorption of B2, and in turn adequate levels of Riboflavin influence the levels of many major nutrients such as iron, zinc, folate, vitamin B3 and vitamin B12.

Many theories that Riboflavin is useful in the treatment of acne, anemia, muscle cramps and migraine headaches have not been proven.

By Vijayalakshmi Iyengar
Sr. Dietitian




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31 December, 2011 | supriya Tule | Reply

supriya Tule I get a sore throat very often and always would attribute it to infection, could it be Riboflavin Deficiency? I eat pretty much everything so what foods should I focus on in that case?

02 January, 2012 | Sangeetha Narayana Swamy | Reply

Sangeetha Narayana Swamy Hello Supriya,

Severe Riboflavin deficiency will lead to sore throat. You will also have other symptoms like mouth and lip sores, swelling of the mucous membranes.

As mentioned in the article its the most widely available vitamin, but care should be taken so that you do not lose it during storage and cooking. All the good sources are mentioned in the article (page 4).

Thank you for your query,

Sangeetha Narayana Swamy,
Senior Dietitian,

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