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Have you become sensitive to bright lights?

You may have a deficiency in Vitamin B2

What is Vitamin B2?

Vitamin B2, or Riboflavin, is necessary for healthy skin and eyes. It is vital for converting proteins, fats and carbohydrates into energy. Vitamin B2 is also necessary for red blood cell formation, antibody production, and growth. It is important in the prevention and treatment of cataracts. B2 also facilitates the use of oxygen by the tissues of the skin, nails and hair.

Are there other Body Language symptoms?

Yes, symptoms of vitamin B2 deficiency include sensitivity or inflammation of the mucous membranes of the mouth; cracks or sores at the corners of the mouth, called cheilosis; a red, sore tongue; eye redness or sensitivity to light, burning eyes, eye fatigue, or a dry, sandy feeling of the eyes; fatigue and/or dizziness; dermatitis with a dry yet greasy or oily scaling; nervous tissue damage; and retarded growth in infants and children. 

Cataracts may occur more frequently with B2 deficiency. 

Hair loss, weight loss, general lack of vitality, and digestive problems are also possible with depletion or deficiency states of vitamin B2; these problems may begin when daily intake is 0.6mg or less.

Where can I get Vitamin B2?

Insufficient levels of B2 are provided by diets that do not include riboflavin-rich foods; special diets for weight loss, ulcers, or treatment of diabetes; or the diets of people who have bad eating habits and consume mostly refined foods and fast foods. 

B2 deficiency is more commonly seen in persons with alcohol problems, in the elderly and the poor, and in depressed patients.

Foods rich in Vitamin B2 include liver, yeast, meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, dairy foods and grain products. Types of food containing vitamin B2 include the following:

Liver, beef kidneys, chicken, turkey, fish.
Eggs, cheese, milk, yogurt.
Leafy green vegetables, asparagus, artichokes, avocados, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, dandelion greens, watercress, currants, spinach, kelp, peas, navy beans, lima beans, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, cayenne, parsley, sage, rose hips.
Whole-grain breads, enriched breads, fortified cereals.
Mushrooms, nuts, molasses.

Strange but true

Pirates used to wear an eyepatch not because they had eye damage, but in order to make their covered eye more sensitive for navigating at night on the high seas. Modern soldiers are taught the same technique to improve their night sight.  

I always thought the eyepatch was to protect them from their parrot's beak. If you have any ideas why Pirates often used to have a Parrot, tell us why on the Bulletin Board

The eye response can be used to diagnose many medical conditions, such as diabetes, schizophrenia etc. Send us an email to find out more.

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