Commonly used as a beauty vitamin, Vitamin B2 supports many metabolic processes in the body and helps make the hair strong and healthy. That is why this vitamin is a key ingredient in Frummi, where it helps prevent hair loss.
GOOD TO KNOW
Part of the B group, Vitamin B2 is water-soluble and plays a role in many internal body processes. It is sometimes also known as riboflavin and lactoflavin. Vitamin B2 is also called the growth vitamin, as it aids metabolism and the conversion of protein into energy.
Vitamin B2 is light-sensitive, which is why riboflavin-containing foods should always be stored in the dark. Nonetheless it is oxygen- and heat-resistant, so is not destroyed during cooking. Riboflavin is often used as a natural dye.
Daily requirement varies according to age, gender and lifestyle, but is about 1 to 1.4 mg. In addition, the vitamin is often used in pharmaceutical companies because it can glow under UV light.
HISTORY OF VITAMIN B2
Riboflavin first appeared in 1920, when it was isolated from milk. Since then the importance of the vitamin for various metabolic processes has become increasingly apparent. Since 1990 it has been possible to produce riboflavin from a fungus, ashbya gossypei. Today, Vitamin B2 is also produced from various strains of bacillus subtiles, a genetically engineered bacterium. Riboflavin is a low toxicity vitamin.
FOODS CONTAINING VITAMIN B2
Vitamin B2 is easily absorbable and can be found in many foods. Principal sources include:
Vitamin B2 is best derived from foods of animal origin, as the body can then process it more easily.
BENEFITS OF VITAMIN B2
Riboflavin assists several important metabolic functions in the body. It is a component of several coenzymes and helps the body convert fat, carbohydrate and protein into energy. Vitamin B2 also helps to:
The amount of Vitamin B2 present in food is usually sufficient to meet people’s daily needs. However, deficiency may lead to increased sensitivity to light, a reddish tinge to the eyes and cataracts. Other complaints may include inflammation of the skin and oral mucosa, gingivitis, anaemia, cracked corners of the mouth and neurological disorders.
Overdose may lead to digestive problems such as diarrhoea and orange coloration of the urine. However lasting damage is unlikely, as excess B2 is excreted naturally.
Researchers have recently been investigating the link between B12 and migraine, and whether taking supplements containing B12 can help prevent this condition.
VITAMIN B2 AND FRUMMI – PERFECT FOR HEALTHY HAIR
Essential for healthy hair, Vitamin B2 is a key ingredient of Frummi. Along with other valuable vitamins and trace elements, it helps prevent hair loss and ensure shiny, vitalised hair.