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Vitamin B2: Riboflavin

Vitamin B2: Riboflavin

Our body creates energy in part by removing electrons from broken down carbs, proteins, and fats. Riboflavin helps remove these electrons. Riboflavin also helps your cells make use of several other vitamins. Along with other B vitamins, riboflavin is often added to white flour to replace the nutrients lost in processing.

What Types of Food Have Riboflavin?

Riboflavin in the World: German Gee-Whizz

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  • General Cellular Function

General Cell Function

How does your body turn the food you eat into the energy that powers you all day long? You break it down: First, your body turns carbohydrates into glucose and proteins into amino acids. The glucose and amino acids then enter your cells.

General Cellular Function

But your cells need to break down the glucose and amino acids even further. Vitamin B1 takes that next step, helping chop glucose and amino acids into smaller bits, until the parts are finally small enough to be turned into energy by mitochondria, the power plants of the cell.

General Cell Function

Everybody loves antioxidants, but what do they actually do? Normal functions like making energy and fighting disease can generate potentially damaging by-products (called “free radicals” and “reactive oxygen species”).

General Cellular Function

Don’t worry—this is where Vitamin B2 saves the day! As one of the main antioxidants in your body, Vitamin B2 turns those nasties into harmless substances, protecting your cells from damage.