Riboflavin or Vitamin B2 is a water soluble vitamin, which means it is not stored in the body and must be replenished every day. Deficiencies usually occur with deficiencies of other B vitamins, however if you suffer from heart disease, cancer and diabetes mellitus, you might be at a higher risk and should ask your doctor about taking a supplement.
Why you need it: A deficiency of B2 may predispose a woman to preeclampsia, a dangerous condition sometimes found in later stages of pregnancy. Also individuals with hypothyroidism may be at risk for a deficiency of vitamin B2.
How much you need each day:
· Most women need 1.1 micrograms/day
· Pregnant women need 1.4 micrograms/day
· Lactating mothers need 1.6 micrograms per day