Vitamin B2

By Dr. Anukriti Singh|2 - 3 mins read| May 14, 2024

What is Vitamin B2?

Vitamin B2 is also known as riboflavin. It is a water-soluble vitamin essential for various physiological processes within the body. It is a micronutrient that serves as a precursor for two coenzymes: flavin mononucleotide (FMN) and flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD). These coenzymes participate in numerous metabolic pathways, including the conversion of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins into energy.

Additionally, it acts as an antioxidant, protecting cells from oxidative damage caused by free radicals. From energy metabolism to antioxidant defense, Vitamin B2 plays a critical role in supporting the growth, development, and overall well-being of children.

Why does your child need Vitamin B2?

Vitamin B2 plays a central role in energy metabolism, ensuring that carbohydrates, fats, and proteins from food are efficiently converted into usable energy for growth, development, and physical activity. It also contributes to the maintenance of healthy skin, vision, and mucous membranes, supporting overall growth and vitality. Furthermore, its antioxidant properties help protect cells and tissues from oxidative stress, promoting long-term health and well-being. To keep these things in order, it is essential to keep check on one’s Vitamin B2 intake.

What are the sources of Vitamin B2?

Vitamin B2 can be found in a variety of foods, both of plant and animal origin.These foods provide readily available forms of Vitamin B2 that the body can absorb and utilize efficiently.Incorporating these foods into your child’s diet can help ensure an adequate intake of Vitamin B2.

Rich animal sources include:

  • Dairy products such as milk, yogurt, and cheese
  • Lean meats
  • Poultry
  • Fish.

Plant-based sources of Vitamin B2 include:

  • Whole grains like: wheat, barley, and rice
  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Almonds
  • Mushrooms
  • Fortified cereals

How much Vitamin B2 does your child need in a day?

The recommended daily intake of Vitamin B2 for children varies based on age and developmental stage. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the daily recommended intake is as follows:

0-6 months0.3 milligrams (mg)
7-12 months0.4 mg per day
1-3 years0.5 mg per day
4-8 years0.6 mg per day

What to know regarding Vitamin B2 consumption as a parent?

  • As a parent, it’s crucial to ensure that your child receives an adequate intake of Vitamin B2 through a balanced diet.
  • Including a variety of foods rich in Vitamin B2 is important to help meet their daily requirements and support their overall health and development.
  • Encouraging the consumption of dairy products, lean meats, poultry, fish, whole grains, leafy green vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fortified cereals can help provide sufficient amounts of this essential nutrient.
  • Being mindful of cooking methods that may degrade Vitamin B2, such as prolonged exposure to heat or light, will also help in preserving its nutritional value in foods.

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Dr. Anukriti Singh

Last Updated: Tue May 14 2024

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