Vitamin B2: What is it good for?
While you may be rushing to the gym this spring to get those summer beach bodies ready, be sure to supplement your activity with B2 vitamins (riboflavin).
According to the Weight Loss and Obesity Center, B2 is vital to your metabolism and thyroid function. In conjunction with the B vitamin family, B2 gives your body the energy it needs to metabolize fats, carbohydrates and proteins essential to weight loss. Other benefits include contributing to normal eyesight, preventing cataracts and helping those with sickle-cell disease. Some studies also have shown that supplements of the vitamin may be useful in decreasing the number of migraines a person gets.
The recommended daily allowance (RDA) of B2 varies from male to female. Adult males should consume 1.3 mg of the vitamin while adult females should consume 1.1 mg. According to nutritionists, lean meats, eggs, legumes, nuts, green leafy vegetables, dairy products and milk provide riboflavin in the diet. Consuming one glass of milk will give women one-third the RDA while giving men one-quarter.
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