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Vitamin B2

Also indexed as:B2 Vitamin, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Riboflavin
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How to Use It

The ideal level of intake is not known. The amounts found in many multivitamin supplements (20-25 mg) are more than adequate for most people.

Where to Find It

Dairy products, eggs, and meat contain significant amounts of vitamin B2. Leafy green vegetables, whole grains, and enriched grains contain some vitamin B2.

Possible Deficiencies

Vitamin B2 deficiency can occur in alcoholics. Also, a deficiency may be more likely in people with cataracts26, 27 or sickle cell anemia.28 In developing countries, vitamin B2 deficiency has been found to be a risk factor for the development of preeclampsia in pregnant women.29 People with chronic fatigue syndrome may be deficient in vitamin B2.30

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