What is Riboflavin?
Riboflavin, which is also known as vitamin B2, is a water-soluble vitamin that plays an important role in energy production and metabolism of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. It also assists in the actions of enzymes.
Riboflavin in the Diet
Riboflavin is found in dairy products, eggs, dark green leafy vegetables, lean meats, legumes, milk, nuts and fortified breads and cereals. The recommended dietary allowance in the EU for riboflavin is 1.4 mg/day. In the US, the estimated average requirement (EAR) is .9 mg/day for men, 1.1 mg/day for women, 1.2 mg/day for pregnant women and 1.3 mg/day for women who are breastfeeding.
Riboflavin and Your Eyes
Riboflavin contributes to the maintenance of normal vision. It helps important antioxidants in the eye work against free radicals.