Posted by Dr. Hildy
From the Desk of Dr. Hildy™
© March 21, 2012
Series 1: Vitamins & Minerals
Vitamin B2, also known as Vitamin G, was
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
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.
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