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Dairy products, such as milk, cheese, and yogurt, are excellent sources
Dietary Requirements of Vitamin B2
The RDA for riboflavin is 0.5 mg for every 1,000 calories. This works out to be 1.3 mg each day for the average adult man and 1.1 mg for the average adult woman. A pregnant woman needs an additional 0.3 mg. During a baby's first six months, a nursing mother needs an additional 0.5 mg daily; during the second six months, she needs only 0.4 mg more. Recommended levels decrease slightly to 1.4 mg for men and 1.2 mg for women over age 50 as energy needs decrease.
You can use this chart to find foods that are a good source of riboflavin.
|Milk shake, thick||1 cup|| 0.5
|Cottage cheese, low-fat||1 cup|| 0.41
|Milk, whole||1 cup|| 0.39
|Buttermilk, from whole milk||1 cup|| 0.38
|Buttermilk, from skim milk||1 cup|| 0.37
|Yogurt, low-fat frozen||1 cup|| 0.37
|Sweet potatoes||1 cup||0.33|
|Pretzels||1 cup|| 0.25
|English muffin||1 medium||0.24|
Hypersensitivity to light can be a sign of a riboflavin deficiency, which causes the skin to become greasy, scaly, and dry. Keep reading to learn more about the effects of a riboflavin deficiency.
Riboflavin is just one of the essential vitamins that should be a part of your diet. Follow the links below to learn more about the nutrients your body needs.
- Vitamin B5, or pantothenic acid, can be found in all living cells and in all foods. Learn about its importance to your diet in How Vitamin B5 Works.
- Vitamin B6 is actually three substances, pyridoxine, pyridoxamine, and pyridoxal, that work to metabolize protein and amino acids. Read more in How Vitamin B6 Works.
- In How Biotin Works, learn how biotin acts as a coenzyme in several metabolic reactions, such as the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates.
- Read How Folate Works to learn about folacin, folic acid, and folate and how a folate deficiency can cause megaloblastic anemia.
- Vitamin B12, also called cyanocobalamin or cobalamin, is essential because it assists folate in making DNA and RNA. Read more in How Vitamin B12 Works.
- To learn about the many vitamins in our diet, how much you should be eating, and where to find them, go to our general Vitamins page.
- To find the best prices on vitamin B2 supplements, click here.