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Riboflavin supplements

Introduction

Exciting new researchsuggests that riboflavin, also known as vitamin B2, may possess a range of previously unsuspected medicinal powers. It has been credited with counteracting migraines, preventing sight-robbing cataracts, healing skin blemishes - and much more.

What it is

In 1879 scientists looking through a microscope discovered a fluorescent yellow-green substance in milk, but not until 1933 was it identified as riboflavin. This water-soluble vitamin is part of the B-complex family, which is involved in transforming protein, fats and carbohydrates into fuel for the body. Found naturally in many foods, riboflavin is also added to fortified breads and cereals. It is easily destroyed when exposed to sunlight. Inadequate riboflavin intake often accompanies other B-vitamin deficiencies, which are a common problem in the elderly and alcoholics. Riboflavin is available as a single supplement, in a combination with other B vitamins (vitamin b complex), or as a part of a multiviamin.

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This article was published on Friday 19 February, 2010.
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