What is critical is that B2 as with B vitamins in general are water soluble and are not stored, or in very small amounts, in our bodies. When you ingest foods or supplements containing B2 they are put to use right away or they are excreted through our pee (urine). So to maintain enough B2 you must eat foods containing it or supplement with a organic plant-based multiple like Mountain Rescue Nutrients' B Complex Multi.
Riboflavin is so important to many functions in our bodies, here's a few:
- It's involved in the breakdown of carbohydrates, fats and protein to supply energy to cells throughout the body. In this process ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) is produced, the "energy currency" of every cell in our bodies. It is how energy is stored for use when needed.
- Assists enzymes with the growth of cells, importantly the production of red blood cells. Red blood cells are transporters of oxygen throughout the body.
- Involved in metabolizing purine, a crystalline compound that can build up in joints causing gout
- Helps to maintain mucus membranes in the GI tract
- Is a regulator of collagen, important in the maintenance of skin, hair, nails and bones
- Regulates levels of homocysteine in the blood. When homocysteine builds up in the blood it can restrict free blood flow
- Assists B3 and B6 in their functions
Foods that contain Riboflavin:
Fish, lean meats, eggs, dairy, asparagus, artichoke, avocado, kelp, mushrooms, almonds, parsley, spinach, broccoli, shrimp.
As you see riboflavin is in many common everyday foods. If you are eating right you should have no problem getting enough B2. If you are not eating well or eating processed, fast foods you are prime for supplementing.
Mountain Rescue Nutrients produces an organic B Complex Multi. The sources of our B2 are Spinach, Moringa leaf, curry leaf, parsley leaf, basil leaf, Shiitake mushroom, green tea leaf, amla fruit, Orange fruit and peel.
Our B Complex Multi has a high concentration of B2 Riboflavin and because Riboflavin is in so many foods you might experience bright yellow urine. Don't be alarmed it means that your body has had enough and is just getting rid of the excess, it's actually kind of funny looking.
Steve (Oly) Olson
Founder of Mountain Rescue Nutrients
Krista Scott-Dixon, PhD; John Berardi, PhD, CSCS; Brian St. Pierre, MS, RD, CSCS; Helen Kollias, PhD, CSCS; Camille DePutter "The Essentials of Nutrition and Coaching" Unit 2 "The Science of Nutrition"