Pharmacognosy - medicinal plants (herbs)
Pharmacognosy - medicinal plants (herbs)

Theme XIII: Vitamins

Vitamin B2

Vitamin B2 or riboflavin. Description, chemical formula, role and characteristics.

Vitamin B2 or Rivoflavin

This vitamin is also involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats but is particularly important in the metabolism of proteins related to oxygen transport and the maintenance of mucous membranes.


The deficiency of vitamin B2 is strengthened with the lack of other B complex vitamins.


The symptoms include skin lesions, especially around the lips and nose and alterations in the bone marrow.


The best sources of riboflavin are liver, milk, meat, spinach, eggs, whole and enriched cereals, pasta, bread and mushrooms.

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Other B Vitamins

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