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VITAMIN B2 – RIBOFLAVIN CONT…

SOURCES OF VITAMIN B2


1. It include organ meats (liver, kidney, and heart) and certain plants such as lotus stems, turnip greens, beets, radish leaves, almonds, mushrooms, whole grain, soybeans, and green leafy vegetables.
2. Fruits such as papaya, raisins, custard apples and apricots.
3. Flour and cereals are enriched with riboflavin. Riboflavin is stable when heated but will leach into cooking water. It is easily destroyed by light, and foods stored in clear containers will lose their riboflavin content in a short period of time.
4. Breads and cereals are often fortified with riboflavin.

DEFICIENCY SYMPTONS


1. A deficiency of vitamin B2 (riboflavin) may result in bloodshot eyes, abnormal sensitivity to light, itching and burning of the eyes, inflammation in the mouth, a sore and burning tongue, and cracks on the lips and in the corners of the mouth.
2. It may also result in dull or oily hair, an oily skin, premature wrinkles on the face and arms, and split nails.
3. leads to the malfunctioning of the adrenal glands.
4. Deficiency of riboflavin is primarily manifested in the skin and mucous membranes.
5. Deficiency of Vitamin B2 include lesions of the skin, especially in the corners of the mouth, and a red, sore tongue.

The first signs and symptoms of deficiency are a sore throat and sores at the corners of the mouth. Worsening symptoms include a swollen tongue, seborrheic dermatitis, anemia and impaired nerve function.

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