Vitamin B2 or riboflavin, Molecular formula C17H20N4O6, also known as vitamin G. The name "riboflavin" comes from "ribose". vitamin B2 is required for a wide variety of cellular processes. It plays a big role in energy metabolism, metabolism of fats, ketone bodies, carbohydrates, and proteins. This is essential for growth and general health as also for healthy eyes, skin, nails and hair. It helps eliminate sore mouth, lips and tongue. It also functions with other substances to metabolis carbohydrates, fats, and protein. The main sources
of this vitamin are green leafy vegetables, milk, cheese, wheat germ, egg, almonds, sunflower, seeds, citrus fruits and tomatoes. Its deficiency can cause a burning sensation in the legs, lips and tongue, oily skin, premature wrinkles on face and arm and eczema.
The recommended daily allowance
0 – 6 months: 0.3 milligrams per day (mg/day)
7 – 12 months: 0.4 mg/day
1 – 3 years: 0.5 mg/day
4 – 8 years: 0.6 mg/day
9 – 13 years: 0.9 mg/day
Adolescents and Adults
Males age 14 and older: 1.3 mg/day
Females age 14 to 18 years: 1.0 mg/day
Females age 19 and older: 1.1 mg/day
Its use in larger quantities, say from 25 to 50 mg. is beneficial in the treatment of nutritional cataracts and other eye ailments, digestive disturbances, nervous depression, general debility, and certain types of high blood pressure.