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Riboflavin and Health

Being healthy can be quite rewarding if you do it on a regular basis. Healthy individuals who eat healthy regularly have some perks that can be beneficial to them. Vitamin B2 or riboflavin is a water soluble vitamin that is part of the B complex family responsible for metabolism and other vital cellular function including energy production.

Riboflavin can be taken from various foods. It is abundant in milk and other dairy products, eggs, enriched grains and cereal products, meat, fish and green vegetables to name a few.  Intake may vary for non-vegetarians compare to the lower intake requirements for vegetarians.

Vitamin B2 is used medically in treating patients who suffers from mental disorders, alcohol dependence and other illnesses. Here are some of them:


There are some researches that claims that riboflavin aids in treating iron deficiency and sickle cell anemia. Correction of riboflavin levels is needed for anemic individuals has low levels of riboflavin. Riboflavin correction helps in improving this condition via iron therapy.

Neonatal jaundice

Neonatal jaundice is corrected with riboflavin supplementation with phototherapy.


It is not certain but there are some studies being done that cataract can be prevented through riboflavin supplementation.

Anorexia / bulimia

Patients who suffer from these conditions are having deficiency not just with riboflavin but with pyridoxine (vitamin B6) as well. 20-33% of these patients needed to have additional supplement as well as dietary changes. Nutritionists give guidance to these patients in order for their vitamin B levels back to normal.


Depression can be improved by taking adequate supplementation of riboflavin. It may be related to the depletion of riboflavin level for depressed patients due to tricyclic- caused reasons.


There are studies also that claims that high doses of riboflavin helps in the prevention of migraine headaches.


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