One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A yellow vitamin of the B complex which is essential for metabolic energy production. It is present in many foods, especially milk, liver, eggs, and green vegetables, and is also synthesized by the intestinal flora.Also called "vitamin B2"
- ‘Whole grains are also important sources of vitamins and minerals, such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, selenium, zinc and iron.’
- ‘There have been several studies that reported improvements in growth performance when adding several B vitamins (niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B12) to nursery pig diets.’
- ‘Vitamin B2, or riboflavin (in green vegetables, liver, wheat germ, eggs and cheese), alleviates eye fatigue by helping to regulate blood flow to the cornea.’
- ‘CD patients demonstrated significantly lower levels of vitamins A and E, thiamin, riboflavin, pyridoxine, and folic acid compared to controls.’
- ‘Mushrooms also contain B-complex vitamins, such as riboflavin, niacin, folate and pantothenic acid, not easily found in produce.’
1930s: from ribose + Latin flavus ‘yellow’ + -in.
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