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Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

Interesting facts about vitamin B2 (riboflavin):

  • Vitamin B2 is a water soluble vitamin
    Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) is a water-soluble vitamin, which means that it is easily absorbed in the body (as most of the body is made of water and so are most of the foods eaten), but some of it may be lost in cooking.
  • Vitamin B2 is needed by the cells to make energy inside them and for the cells to use energy more efficiently
    Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) is required by the cells to enable effective energy production inside them. Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) also helps the cells use the energy more efficiently so that the cells can function properly. Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) is very important in cell respiration - allowing cells to take in oxygen and remove carbon dioxide, so the cells are able to work properly.
People who exercise need more vitamin B2 (riboflavin) - the more exercise is performed, the more of this vitamin is required
  • Sunlight destroys vitamin B2 in foods
    Sunlight destroys the vitamin B2 (riboflavin) in foods, so any foods rich in this vitamin should be stored in containers that are not in direct sunlight, in a cupboard where they will not receive any sunlight.
  • People who exercise a lot need more vitamin B2
    People who exercise need more vitamin B2 (riboflavin) - the more exercise is performed, the more of this vitamin is required. Exercising seems to deplete the body of this vitamin and more is required to replenish it.


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