Vitamins B2 and B3

When I was a child, my mother always said don’t eat the same thing all the time. While this sounded overly simple to me at the time. I realize as an adult how full of wisdom this was.


Our next segment on vitamins, focuses on B2 and B3.

Vitamin B2

Chemical name: Riboflavin

  • It is water soluble
  • Deficiency may cause ariboflavinosis
  • Good sources include: asparagus, bananas, persimmons, okra, chard, cottage cheese, milk, yogurt, meat, eggs, fish, and green beans

Vitamin B3

Chemical names: Niacin, niacinamide

  • It is water soluble.
  • Deficiency may cause pellagra, with symptoms of diarrhea, dermatitis, and mental disturbance.
  • Good sources include: liver, heart, kidney, chicken, beef, fish (tuna, salmon), milk, eggs, avocados, dates, tomatoes, leafy vegetables, broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes, asparagus, nuts, whole-grains, legumes, mushrooms, and brewer’s yeast.