Vitamin B2: Riboflavin

Bruce A. Buehler

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Riboflavin (vitamin B2) is not synthesized by vertebrates and must be supplied by diet. It is found in most foods, with the highest content in dairy products, meat, and dark green vegetables. Deficiency rarely occurs alone where adequate food is available and usually occurs as a multinutrient deficiency. Some conditions and medications can decrease effectiveness or levels of riboflavin. Supplementation is rarely needed to prevent ariboflavinosis when a normal diet is consumed. Supplementation for decreased frequency of migraine headaches and prevention of age related cataracts could be beneficial. There is no known toxicity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)88-90
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2011


  • Ariboflavinosis
  • Migraine
  • Riboflavin
  • Vitamin B

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine


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