Vitamin B2 for Thyroid Health

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Next up: Vitamin B2 aka riboflavin!

*This post is not a substitute for medical advice*

A little factoid for you all: riboflavin is what gives urine the yellow color when you take your B complex or multivitamin. In general, I do not think of ribofavin as critical for thyroid health, but it is much needed for helping out other key vitamins and minerals.

Critical Functions

Recycles glutathione. Glutathione is what I like to call the “master antioxidant” in our body. Anything we can do to make sure we have optimal levels of glutathione is key for reducing inflammation in autoimmune disease.

I generally think of riboflavin as a helper vitamin. It helps other vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants perform better in the body. Riboflavin especially helps with other vitamins and minerals that help the body produce energy like iron, folate, and B12. What are we all looking for with thyrid disease? Better energy!

Therefore, make sure you are topped off on the foods that contain vitamin B2 aka riboflavin:

  • spinach and leafy greens
  • soybeans (I do not recommend for thyroid health)
  • mushrooms
  • eggs
  • asparagus
  • milk, yogurt (if you are consuming dairy)
  • seaweed
  • turkey
  • almonds
  • sweet potato
  • sardines
  • tuna

Supplementation

There should not be a high demand for supplementation since riboflavin is present in many foods we eat every day. However, vitamin B2 or riboflavin is included in most all B complex supplements. Here is my favorite B complex of choice.

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