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					Vitamin B-2

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Summary:
Riboflavin is very important in cellular metabolism, the process by which
your body produces usable energy. It is important in forming the
coenzymes that are necessary to make ATP, which is the energy currency of
the cells.


Keywords:
b-2, B-2, vitamin, vitamins, riboflavin, deficiency, nutrition,
supplement, milk, eggs, green, leafy, vegetables, ATP, adenosine,
triphosphate, cellular, metabolism, fatigue, light, sensitivity,


Article Body:
Riboflavin is a common name for vitamin B-2 and was once known as Vitamin
G. You will see Vitamin B-2 described as Riboflavin on the back of
vitamin bottles and in other food packaging.

An interesting and curious fact about Riboflavin is that it is naturally
produced by the bacteria in your gut. Although it may not be produced in
sufficient quantities to prevent deficiencies. Intestinal production,
however, can reduce the symptoms of a deficient state.

Some experts claim that B-2 deficiency   is the most prominent nutrient
deficiency in North America. Those who   eat a diet largely constructed of
refined and fast foods may be at risk.   And of course, alcoholics are at
higher risk of B vitamin deficiencies.   Low-income individuals may also
tend to be at higher risk due to diet.

Problems with blood proteins may lead to deficiency. And states that
block or reduce the uptake of riboflavin into the cell can also be
responsible for a deficient state. Therefore, just having an adequate
supply of Riboflavin in your food does not necessarily preclude
deficiency.

Brewer's yeast and organ meats are sources that are high in Riboflavin.
Lower amounts may be found in milk, eggs, green leafy vegetables and some
fruits.

As a side note, I once had a biochemistry teacher whom offered two pieces
of advice to his students. He told us to drink a gallon of water per day
and to take some brewer's yeast every day. As I remember it, he talked
about how brewer's yeast was excellent food for the cellular processes of
the body. That was probably due to the fact that brewer's yeast is an
excellent source of the b vitamins.

Drinking a gallon of water per day was slightly unusual advice as most
experts and nutritionists agree that 2 liters is an adequate intake. This
biochemistry teacher was recommending twice that amount. Remember to
consult with a physician before changing your diet, supplement or water
intake.

Riboflavin is very important in cellular metabolism, the process by which
your body produces usable energy. It is important in forming the
coenzymes that are necessary to make ATP, which is the energy currency of
the cells.

A partial list of deficiency symptoms include fatigue, sensitivity to
light and dermatitis. Nerve tissue damage and retarded growth in infants
and children can result from a deficiency.

More detailed and technical information about Riboflavin can be found at
emedicine.com. If you have any doubts about your health as it relates to
Riboflavin, ask your doctor for a proper diagnoses and treatment. Each
human body is different with different needs and contraindications, that
is why it is important to consult your physician.

This article is for information purposes only and is not intended to
prevent, treat or diagnose any health issue. If you have or think you
might have a health condition or issue, please contact your primary care
physician for proper diagnoses and treatment. The statements in this
article have not been evaluated by the US FDA as far as I know.

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