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Vitamin B2

15886199_xlVitamin B2, also known as riboflavin, gets its name from its colour. The root of this word is the Latin word “flavus”, which means “yellow.” As with other B-complex vitamins, Vitamin B2 helps our bodies metabolise fats and protein. Thus, it is not surprising that the highest concentrations of Vitamin B2 are found in our kidneys and livers, organs which play an important role in metabolism.

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As Vitamin B2 is water-soluble, whatever is not required by our bodies will be excreted in urine. This means we need to consume Vitamin B2 every day as our bodies have no “store rooms” for it. While Vitamin B2 does not cause any serious side effects, very high doses (above 10 mg/day) may cause itching, numbness, burning or prickling sensations and sensitivity to light.

Food Sources of Vitamin B2

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References:

www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02761/vitamin-b2
umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/vitamin-b2-riboflavin
www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=93
health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/food-nutrition/vitamin-supplements/vitamin-b-2.htm

14997379_xlGrape Seed Extract – Goodness in grapes

Grapes have long been heralded for their medicinal and nutritional value. Thousands of years ago, European folk healers made an ointment out of the sap of grapevines to treat skin and eye diseases. Grape leaves were used to stop bleeding, inflammation and pain. Today, grape seed extract is derived by grinding up the seeds of red wine grapes.

 

 

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There is no recommended dosage for grape seed extract, but it is usually consumed in capsules and tablets form. Each capsule contains about 50mg to 100mg of the extract.

While grape seed extract is generally considered safe, interactions between the extract and other supplements have not been carefully studied. If you currently consume other medication, do consult your healthcare provider before taking grape seed extract.

 

 

References:

umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/grape-seed
www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/lifestyle-guide-11/grape-seed-extract
www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/263332.php
nccam.nih.gov/health/grapeseed/ataglance.htm

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