Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) is one of 8 B Vitamins. All B vitamins help the body to convert food (Carbohydrates) into fuel (Glucose), which is used to produce energy. These B Vitamins, often referred to as B complex vitamins, also help the body metabolize fats and protein. B complex vitamins are necessary for healthy skin, hair, eyes, and liver. They also help the nervous system function properly. All the B vitamins are water-soluble, meaning that the body does not store them. Vitamin B complex generally includes Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (Niacin/Niacinamide), Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid), Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine), Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin), and Folic Acid.
In addition to producing energy for the body, Riboflavin works as an anti-oxidant, fighting damaging particles in the body known as free radicals. Free radicals can damage cells and DNA, and may contribute to the aging process, as well as the development of a number of health conditions, such as heart disease and cancer. Anti-oxidants, such as Riboflavin, can fight free radicals and may reduce or help prevent some of the damage they cause.