Benefits: Promotes normal growth and development.
Helps in treating infections, burns and stomach problems. Anti-oxidant.
Good food sources: Poultry, fish, organ meats, fortified grains
and cereals, dark leafy vegetables, dairy products.
Cautions: Consult your doctor if you have chronic kidney failure.
Substance interactions: These medications decrease riboflavin's effect:
anti-depressants, phenothiazines, probenecid.
Signs of toxicity: Large doses will turn urine bright yellow.
Mega-doses (3500 mg) may cause kidney stones.
* It is recommended that people who are elderly, exercise regularly,
take oral contraceptives or drink alcohol take vitamin B supplements
since their need for B2 is greater. Otherwise, those who eat a
balanced diet probably don't
need to supplement.
* Food processing decreases the amount of B2 in foods.
* Black youths who have a low milk intake are usually deficient
in vitamin B2.