What are the Current Public Health Recommendations for Vitamin B2?

Vitamin B2 or riboflavin is the essential micro-nutrient substance required for the body in metabolizing the energy and for the metabolism of fats, ketone bodies, carbohydrates, and proteins present in the body. It is also essential nutritional substance required for proper functioning of the heart, muscles, and nervous system. Vitamin B2 is also needed to help the body change vitamin B6 and folate into forms it can use. It is also important for body growth and red blood cell production.

Vitamin B2 can be taken according to the dosage mentioned below:

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Revised Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) for vitamin B2 were set in 1998 and is similar to 1989 RDA across all age groups of people. The minimum dosages required per day is :

  • For toddlers 0-6 months is 0.3 micrograms(mg).
  • For infants 7-12 months of age is 0.4 mg.
  • For children 1-3 years of age is 0.5 mg.
  • For children 4-8 years of age is 0.6 mg.
  • For children between 9-13 years of age is 0.9 mg.
  • Boys: 14-18 years of age is 1.3 mg.
  • Girls: 14-18 years of age is 1mg.
  • Men: 19 years and older should get 1.3 mg.
  • Women: 19 years and older should get 1.1mg
  • For Pregnant women: 1.3 mg.
  • Breastfeeding women should get 1.6 mg.
  • You can take vitamin B2 between the meals because it is best absorbed at that time. You can even take a multivitamin and mineral complex if you do not eat a balanced diet every day.