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Do you have cracked lips?

You may be deficient in VITAMIN B2 

What is vitamin B2

Vitamin B2 (otherwise called 'Riboflavin') was first observed in 1879 as a green pigment found in milk. It is not stored in the human body for any period of time and it is therefore important to include a regular dietary source of this vitamin.

Essential for converting carbohydrate into energy
Essential for normal tissue respiration
Necessary for healthy mucous membranes

Signs of deficiency

Cracks in skin at corner of mouth
Soreness of lips, mouth and tongue
Scaling of skin around nose, mouth, scrotum, forehead, ears and scalp
Heightened sensitivity to light
Conjunctivitis and watering of eyes

 Earlier names for this water soluble vitamin were lactoflavin, ovoflavin, hepatoflavin and verdoflavin, indicating the sources (milk, eggs, liver and plants) from which the vitamin was first isolated.

The use of ethylene oxide in food sterilisation can destroy riboflavin.

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