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" (see vitamin B)
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Whole grains are also important sources of vitamins and minerals, such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, selenium, zinc and iron.’
- ‘Mushrooms also contain B-complex vitamins, such as riboflavin, niacin, folate and pantothenic acid, not easily found in produce.’
- ‘CD patients demonstrated significantly lower levels of vitamins A and E, thiamin, riboflavin, pyridoxine, and folic acid compared to controls.’
1930s: from ribose + Latin flavus ‘yellow’ + -in.
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