R2-B2: the vitamin you are looking for
Why we need it
- Riboflavin, also known as vitamin B2, is an antioxidant that protects cells against free radical damage that may contribute to elevated rates of heart disease and cancer1*
- Converts vitamin B6 and folate into their bioavailable forms to maximize absorption*
- Important for growth and red blood cell production2*
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
How much do I need?
The current recommended daily intake (RDI) for riboflavin is3:
- Newborns, 6 months: 0.3 mg
- Infants, 7 to 1 year: 0.4 mg
- Children, 1 to 3 years: 0.5 mg
- Children, 4 to 8 years: 0.6 mg
- Children, 9 to 13 years: 0.9 mg
- Men, 14 to 18 years: 1.3 mg
- Women, 14 to 18 years: 1 mg
- Men, 19 years and older: 1.3 mg
- Women, 19 years and older: 1.1 mg
- Pregnant women: 1.4 mg
- Breastfeeding women: 1.6 mg
Why we include it
The B complex vitamins help the body convert food into energy in the form of glucose and utilize fats and proteins. They are essential for a healthy nervous system and healthy skin, eyes, and hair. Although a riboflavin deficiency is rare in the U.S., it’s such an important vitamin that we’ve included it in our Women’s and Men’s Complete multivitamins to ensure you’re getting adequate levels of this nutrient. Since all B complex vitamins are water-soluble, your body will simply eliminate any it doesn’t use.
Where can I get it?
Riboflavin is best absorbed by the body during meals, so try to get your riboflavin in with food – or better yet, in your food!
- Spinach – 1 cup, 0.42 mg
- Crimini mushrooms – 1 cup, 0.35 mg
- Asparagus – 1 cup, 0.25 mg
- Eggs – 2 each, 0.26 mg
- Collard Greens – 1 cup, 0.20 mg
- Broccoli – 1 cup, 0.20 mg
- Green Beans – 1 cup, 0.12 mg
- Bok Choy – 2 cup, 0.22 mg
- Kale – 1 cup, 0.09 mg
- Mustard Greens – 1 cup, 0.09 mg
- Soybeans – 1 cup, 0.49 mg
- Turkey – 4 oz, 0.23 mg
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- Bruno EJ Jr, Ziegenfuss TN. Water-soluble vitamins: research update. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2005 Aug;4(4):207-13. Review.
- Fishman SM, Christian P, West KP. The role of vitamins in the prevention and control of anaemia. Public Health Nutr. 2000;3(2):125-150. Review.
- Institute of Medicine. Food and Nutrition Board. Dietary Reference Intakes: Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin, and Choline. Washington, DC: National Academy Press; 1998.