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Vitamin B2 -- Riboflavin

It also maintains your metabolism and the health of your cardiovascular system and your nervous system. It's an antioxidant protecting you from free radicals. It's necessary for healthy skin, nails and hair. And your vision.

Also, it strengthens your immune system by increasing the reproduction of neutophils and monocytes. And it activates macrophages which eat up bacteria and microbes infecting you.

It may help your body manufacture red blood cells and antibodies which your immune system uses to destroy invading organisms.

Signs of a Vitamin B2 deficiency include cracks and sores in the corners of the mouth, frayed or scaling lips, inflamed and purple tongue, eczema, seborrhea, flaking skin around your face, bloodshot watery eyes, nervous symptoms, muscle weakness, fatigue, depression, moodiness and irritibility.

Natural sources of Vitamn B2 include almonds, peanuts, organ meats, poultry, whole grains, mushrooms, lentils, soybeans, milk, cheese, yogurt, eggs, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and spinach. Plus, your intestinal flora manufacture it.

However, because it's water soluble your body can't store it.

Supplements of Vitamin B2 have an interesting yellow color. 25 to 100 mg daily is a good strong dose of it, but ideally you should take all the B family vitamins together. Either in one multi-vitamin or by taking brewers yeast or wheat germ.

Normally any excess will just be secreted out through your urine, but taking large doses for a long time may cause itching, numbness, burning or prickling feelings.

It should be be taken with the antibiotic tetracycline, anti-malarial drugs, the cancer drug doxorubicin, Parkinson's drug selegiline and medications containing sulfa.

By: Richard Stooker

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