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© March 21, 2012

Series 1: Vitamins & Minerals

Vitamin B-2 

Vitamin B2, also known as Vitamin G, was

Healthy Skin

Healthy Skin

discovered in 1932 and given its name and identity in 1937.  It’s chemical formula is C17H20N4O6.  It is also known as riboflavin.
It is an important factor in growth and development of the body and promotes a healthy condition of the skin.  It is especially valuable in combination with Vitamin A for prevention and correction of cataracts and for health of the skin, hair and eyes.  This vitamin is also important to the body in assimilating iron and proteins.  Being water-soluble, it is not easily stored in the body.  It is affected by light but not by air or heat. An important chemical function of this vitamin is to break down starches and sugars into

Bulgarian Elder now 98, Dobri Dobrev

Bulgarian Elder now 98, Dobri Dobrev

energy, a function similar to that of Vitamin B1.  This enables the body to better resist infectious disease and is necessary for good health and vitality.  An ample supply of this vitamin will help produce healthier offspring and delay the bodily changes that often accompany increasing years of life.  It is said that the Centenarians of Bulgaria have a diet rich in Vitamin B2.A lack of Vitamin B2 may cause inflammation of the membrane of the eye and eyelids (conjunctivitis), lips that become sore and red and later cracked and peeled, especially at the mouth corners.  Often, the first sign of deficiency is dimness of vision at a distance or in poor light.  The cornea (the white, glasslike area of the eyeball) may become bloodshot and inflamed if the deficiency is allowed to continue.  The theory is that this vitamin carries oxygen, and when no oxygen arrives the body forms new blood vessels to bring oxygen to the parts lacking it.  An absence of riboflavin produced cataracts in experimentations.

Other indications of a need for this vitamin are lack of appetite, painful cramps in abdomen and stomach, inability to gain weight, loss of weight, reddening, scaliness and roughness of the skin.  There is often difficulty in walking, with muscular weakness and stiffness.   Crusts may form on the skin of the face, especially around the nose and on the

Dairy Products - B-2

Dairy Products - B-2

scalp.  The scalp condition is commonly known as dandruff, the scales falling from the scalp when they accumulate in large amounts.  As there may be a disposition to infectionof the middle ear, there may be a deterioration in hearing, as an indication of deficiency of this vitamin.  In addition, the skin of the ears may develop a greasy skin with red scales.  Also, the skin may crack at the fingernails.Another indication of a deficiency in vitamin B2 may be a dark red or purplish tongue, also somewhat swollen and granulated.  In addition, the individual may have an anemic or pale and thin appearance, and the reproductive functions will probably be poor due to glandular disequilibrium (endocrine disruption) and generally poor assimilation of other food taken into the digestive system.

Peanuts - B-2

Peanuts - B-2

This vitamin is little affected by heat, so cooking operations do not destroy it.  It is soluble in water but unstable in alkaline solutions and may decompose in strong alkaline environment.  It experiments with animals, it was found that doses one thousand times normal produced no toxic effects.  This vitamin is sensitive to light and is damaged when exposed to strong light.  On the other hand, persons lacking this vitamin become sensitive to strong lights and find it difficult to tolerate such lighting (this is the same with lack of the amino acid taurine, a universal detoxifier).A minimum of from four to five milligrams each day of this vitamin should be sought.  Apparently, individuals need about twenty-five or fifty percent more of Vitamin B2 than of Vitamin B1.  Glandular meats, such as that of the heart, liver or kidney, are high in this vitamin, with calf liver leading the list.  For the vegetarians, sizeable quantities of this vitamin are available from broccoli, both leaf and flower, raw collards, and from leafy green vegetables generally.  The outer green leaves of lettuce and cabbage contain at least five times as much of the vitamin as the inside leaves.

Other sources of Vitamin B2 are the tops of turnips, beets and dandelions.  In addition, wheat germ provides this vitamin as well as peanuts, blueberries, dried prunes, cheese, eggs, apples, watercress, carrots, coconuts, grapefruit and lemons.  This vitamin is also available from whole milk, whole wheat bread, fish, and poultry.  While beef generally contains this vitamin, the glandular parts of beef meat, as previously indicated, are more richly supplied with riboflavin. 

Some chemicals that may cause deficiencies of Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) are the following:
mycotoxins, isocyanates, endotoxins, exotoxins, benomyl, butyl and methyl carbamates, dichlorvos, chlorodiphenyls, acetaldehyde, acetates, acetic acid, acetonitrile, acrolein, acrylonitrile, allyl alcohol, ammonia, amyl alcohol, aniline, antimony, arsenic, barium, benzene, benzyl chloride, beryllium, boron, bromine, 1,3-butadine, n-butylamine, calcium cyanamide, calcium oxide, carbon disulfide, carbon tetrachloride, chlorinated lime, chlorine, chlorodipheyls, chloromethylmehtyl ether (CMME), cobalt, 1,2-dibromoethane, dichloroethyl ether, dimethyl sulfate, dioxane, diphenyl, dithiocarbamates, epichlorohydrin, ethanolamine, ethyl alcohol, ethylene chloride, ethylene chlorohydrins, ethylenediamine, ethylene glycol ethers, ethylene oxide, ethyl ether, ethyl silicate, fluorine, formaldehyde, formats, formic acid, furfural, germanium dioxide, hydrazine, hydrogen bromide, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen cyanide, hydrogen peroxide, manganese, mercaptans, ozone, silver nitrate, tetraethyl lead, turpentine, trichlorethane, trichloroethylene, vanadium, zinc chloride and many other compounds that are known to effect the human eye let alone other parts of the body that contain or need high concentrations of Vitamin B1.


1)  Kadans, Ph.D., Joseph M.  Encyclopedia of Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts and Seeds for Healthful Living.  Parker Publishing Company, Inc.  West Nyack, New York © 1973

2)  Fay, Betsy A. and Charles E. Billings.  Index of Signs and Symptoms of Industrial Diseases.  NIOSH Publication No:  77-181, June 1977 Educaitonal Resource Center Grant No. DTMD 07090  John Hopkins University.  USDHEW, PHS, CDC, US Governmental Printing Office, Washington, D.C. © April 1980

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