Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for August 06, 2006


Deficiency Diseases and Good Nutrition
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)

Riboflavin is needed in every cell of your body every day. It promotes repair and proper growth of tissue, and is essential for good digestion and steady nerves. It is also vital to correct metabolism. Riboflavin is an important component in FAD (flavin adenine dinucleotide) and FMN (flavin adenine mononucleotide). These two coenzymes are common helpers in the metabolism of fatty acids and glucose. They are produced by a reaction that requires the enzyme flavokinase. Flavokinase is regulated by thyroxin, a hormone produced in the thyroid. Therefore, if you have a thyroid problem, flavokinase cannot be produced to stimulate (with the help of riboflavin) FAD and FMN production, and you’re not able to metabolize your food properly. If you have a thyroid problem, you’re going to have some troubles with your metabolism. You probably already knew that, but now you know how riboflavin is involved in metabolism.

Riboflavin is also important in DNA and RNA metabolism. Animals fed no B2 had babies with extreme malformations in the skeletal system, because of mutations in the DNA. Low riboflavin can also cause degeneration of your nerves. Riboflavin is needed to stimulate the hormone that stimulates the adrenals to release their hormones. (The body is pretty complex.) Hormones from the adrenal glands are the ones that help you deal with stress, so you don’t want to disrupt those! The hormones from the adrenal glands also control where and how fat is deposited.

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August 7, 2006 - Posted by | Health | , ,

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