Vitamin B2 is also known as riboflavin. Riboflavin is a water-soluble vitamin that is found in most animal and plant tissues. The word “ribo” comes from ribose, which is a sugar, and “flavin” means “yellow.” Riboflavin is absorbed in the small intestine and what little is stored in the body is stored in the liver, kidneys, and heart. On the other hand, like most water-soluble vitamins, any excess intake is excreted in urine. Since riboflavin is a yellow compound, excess riboflavin in the urine will make it turn bright yellow.
What Does It Do?
The simple explanation for riboflavin is that it is involved in the creation of energy for the body, normal cell function and growth, supports adrenal functioning, and helps maintain a healthy nervous system.
The more complex answer is that riboflavin is involved in oxidation-reduction (redox) reactions in the body. During these redox reactions, it exchanges hydrogen…
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