This little guy is a quite useful member of the B family. Vitamin B2 otherwise known as riboflavin, is a helper to others. Riboflavin helps with regulation of other B vitamins as well as taking part in electron transport. It also works as an antioxidant by neutralizing hydroperoxides. Like many of the other B vitamins, B2 helps with red blood cell production and helps maintain healthy skin, nerves, and GI system. So you are not only healthy inside and out, but you also feel it! This vitamin helps metabolize a few things as well, like iron and purine.
For those of you who are worried about how toxic your body is, thanks to David Avocado Wolfe and Food Babe saturating the industry with woo about detox diets, you can rest assured that our buddy B2 has you covered. B2 helps metabolize toxins or other drugs in the liver, so you can skip your $300 detox tea and ramp up on foods like;
- whole grains
- beef liver
- dairy and,
- nutritional yeast
You don’t really need to worry about getting too much or not enough of this one unless you are severely malnourished. However, some symptoms of a deficiency include; damage to the skin membranes, conjunctivitis, light sensitivity, anxiety, loss of appetite, anemia, and fatigue.
If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder please seek the guidance of a licensed professional who specializes in eating disorders. I alway refer to Dr. Melissa Smith at Balanced Health and Healing if someone comes to me with eating disorder concerns. An alternative option that works for some could be seeking support through the 12 step program of overeaters anonymous. This is essentially the same 12 steps alcoholics go through, but it is for people who struggle with food issues including anorexia, bulimia, overeating, under eating, food anxiety, pica, exercise bulimia, or other abnormal food behaviors.