Tired of feeling tired? Discover the health benefits of vitamin B2, one of the essential B vitamins we need in our daily diet.
Like all eight B vitamins, B2 is essential for helping you convert food into energy so your body works efficiently.And vitamin B2 – also known as riboflavin – is a must for keeping your skin, eyes and nervous system healthy.1 Plus, it helps turn fellow B vitamins, folate and B6, into forms your body can use.
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Running on empty? Vitamin B2 helps to break down fats, proteins and carbohydrates, and keeps a steady supply of energy flowing through your body.It can also convert carbohydrates into a substance called adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which helps store energy in our muscle cells until we need it.2
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Like all B vitamins, B2 is water-soluble so it’s not stored in your body. If you have a vitamin B2 deficiency because you’re not getting enough from your diet, you might notice some of these symptoms:
• sensitivity to light
• tired eyes
• digestive problems
• cracks at the side of your mouth
• a swollen tongue
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