SIX Goals Met Today: Calories, Carbs, Fat, Protein, Fiber, and Riboflavin!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Last Tuesday, my blog entry was entitled Goals Met Today: Calories, Carbs, Fat, Protein! Yesterday's food intake let me add two additional goals met: fiber and riboflavin. The fiber goal is important to me because my wife and I have been working hard to eat more fibrous whole foods. As for the riboflavin, well, that's kinda just for fun. When I was a kid, we used to read all the nutritional information on cereal boxes and riboflavin was simply a funny word. I don't know much about it but I'll look it up on SparkPeople soon and know why it's so "important."

Unless one of my fellow Sparkers wants to enlighten my riboflavin knowledge deficiency...

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    I have been wondering about Riboflavin for awhile. Good to know.

    Plus I totally agree, most fun nutrient to say. Riboflavin.
    2622 days ago
  • OKANE13
    Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) functions, uses, and health benefits
    Riboflavin is an integral component of the coenzymes that participate in many energy-yielding metabolic pathways. Like its close relative vitamin B1 (thiamine), riboflavin plays a crucial role in certain metabolic reactions, particularly the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar, which is "burned" to produce energy. They promote the first steps in the metabolism (breakdown and production) of glucose and of fatty acids. The metabolism of some vitamins and minerals also require riboflavin. Riboflavin is essential for tissue respiration and the generation of energy from the carbohydrates, acids and fats. It is important for body growth and red blood cell production and helps in releasing energy from carbohydrates.

    Vitamin B2 helps prevent and is used to treat migraine headaches, cataracts, rheumatoid arthritis, and a number of skin disorders such as acne (acne rosacea), dermatitis, and eczema. In the treatment of anemia, adding Vitamin B2 to iron supplements has shown to increase its effectiveness. Vital to maintaining a proper metabolism, riboflavin also helps to shore up the immune system by reinforcing antibody reserves, the body's first line of defense against infection. Along with iron, riboflavin is essential for producing the red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout the body. In addition, the body uses extra riboflavin to keep tissue in good repair and speed healing of wounds, burns and other injuries. Along with such B vitamins as vitamin B6 and niacin (which it helps the body convert into active forms), riboflavin protects the nervous system. It may therefore have a role to play in treating nervous system conditions such as numbness and tingling, Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and even anxiety, stress, and fatigue. Carpal tunnel syndrome may benefit from a treatment program including this vitamin when combined with vitamin B6. The body needs vitamin B2 for reproduction and it also enhances the immune system's ability to fight disease.

    Riboflavin is vital for normal reproduction, growth, repair and development of body tissues including the skin, hair, nails, connective tissue and immune system. Riboflavin (vitamin B2) works with the other B vitamins. Dietary and supplemental vitamin B2, along with other nutrients is important for normal vision and prevention of cataracts. Riboflavin's ability to improve the skin's secretion of mucus may aid in clearing up skin pustules associated with rosacea.

    Hi CC:

    I always thought that riboflavin was a weird word; however, it's simply Vitamin B2. Obviously, I am an expert on the topic as you can see by my dissertation above. Right, AS IF. I just thought that I would look it up for you as a small show of support.

    Nice job meeting goals! Go Cobra and Go Riboflavin! Take care and have a great week...Jane
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    2623 days ago
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