According to Dr. Heinerman’s Encyclopedia of Nature’s Vitamins & Minerals, vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin, does most of its good with the endocrine glands. These include adrenals, parathyroid, pituitary, and thyroid. These glands are responsible for the production of energy and vitality. The hypothalamus, located in the forebrain, also benefits from riboflavin, since it is prominently involved in the functions of the different endocrine glands and plays a role, through the nervous system, in underlying moods and motivational states.
The liver, another large gland, is where carbohydrates are converted into glycogen and then stored. Riboflavin assists in the release of glycogen for energy production. Riboflavin also helps release energy from consumed fats and proteins.
This B vitamin is also useful for those who exercise a lot. While exercise is good for you, it also increases free radicals within the body. Riboflavin exerts antioxidant properties to protect against any potential damage that these scavenger molecules could otherwise inflict on muscle tissue and joints.
Excellent Food Sources
- Dairy Products
- Blackstrap Molasses
- Brewer’s Yeast
- Green Leafy Vegetables
- Organ Meat
- Whole Grain Breads
- Whole Grain Cereals
Heinerman, John. Dr. Heinerman’s Encyclopedia of Nature’s Vitamins and Minerals. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1998. Print.