also called Riboflavin, is a water soluble yellow crystalline pigment that
combines with with some of the proteins to form a coenzyme that is needed to
oxidize foods like sugars, fats and other carbohydrates and some proteins.
Mild Vitamin B2 deficiencies are common and in most
cases are mild cases of dermatitis or fatigue, severe deficiencies are rare but
far more debilitating and include seborrhea of the facial and genital regions,
itching of the scrotum and vagina, inability to urinate, eye disorders,
inflammation of the tongue and other areas. Some of the early symptoms are eye
sensitivity to bright light, skin disorders and hair loss. During periods of
stress and exhaustion the symptoms are more pronounced.
Natural sources are eggs, green leaved vegetables, legumes,
whole grain (you need large quantities), yeast and milk. Riboflavin is
stored in limited quantities by the body and must therefore constantly be
renewed by absorption from the regular diet.