Riboflavin is also known as Vitamin B2 and is the nutrient that is responsible for producing energy for the body. Riboflavin helps the body metabolize fat and protein. Riboflavin also helps combat memory loss.
Riboflavin is necessary in order to keep a body properly functioning and to get energy from food. It also helps to keep a person's immune and nervous systems functioning properly. Regular consumption of riboflavin is found to contribute to a healthy reproductive system, so if a person is wanting to start a family, she should ensure she gets enough vitamin B2 in her diet. Regular consumption of riboflavin also helps maintain healthy skin, hair, eyes and liver.
Milk and milk products are great sources of riboflavin, as well as whole grains. Riboflavin is one of four different vitamins that are added to enriched grain products, along with folic acid, thiamin and niacin. Enriched cereals and bread contain riboflavin, which will be listed on the product label. Mushrooms, eggs and meat are all other good sources of riboflavin.
People with riboflavin deficiency may develop mouth sores, inflammation of the skin and inflammation of the tongue. A riboflavin deficiency can also affect the way the body uses other vitamins.