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Riboflavin: The Health Benefits of a Forgotten Natural Vitamin

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Institute of Transfusion Medicine, Center of Tumor Medicine, Charité—Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Charitéplatz 1, 10117 Berlin, Germany
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School of Medical Sciences, University of Phayao, Phayao 56000, Thailand
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Biophysics and Radiology, Department of Medical Physics, Faculty of Medicine, Trakia University, 6000 Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2020, 21(3), 950; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms21030950
Received: 3 January 2020 / Revised: 28 January 2020 / Accepted: 29 January 2020 / Published: 31 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Flavin Adenine Dinucleotide (FAD): Biosynthesis and Function)
Riboflavin (RF) is a water-soluble member of the B-vitamin family. Sufficient dietary and supplemental RF intake appears to have a protective effect on various medical conditions such as sepsis, ischemia etc., while it also contributes to the reduction in the risk of some forms of cancer in humans. These biological effects of RF have been widely studied for their anti-oxidant, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, anti-nociceptive and anti-cancer properties. Moreover, the combination of RF and other compounds or drugs can have a wide variety of effects and protective properties, and diminish the toxic effect of drugs in several treatments. Research has been done in order to review the latest findings about the link between RF and different clinical aberrations. Since further studies have been published in this field, it is appropriate to consider a re-evaluation of the importance of RF in terms of its beneficial properties. View Full-Text
Keywords: riboflavin; vitamin B2; complementary medicine; functional food; oxidative stress; cancer; neurodegeneration; muscular degeneration riboflavin; vitamin B2; complementary medicine; functional food; oxidative stress; cancer; neurodegeneration; muscular degeneration
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Suwannasom, N.; Kao, I.; Pruß, A.; Georgieva, R.; Bäumler, H. Riboflavin: The Health Benefits of a Forgotten Natural Vitamin. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2020, 21, 950. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms21030950

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Suwannasom N, Kao I, Pruß A, Georgieva R, Bäumler H. Riboflavin: The Health Benefits of a Forgotten Natural Vitamin. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2020; 21(3):950. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms21030950

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Suwannasom, Nittiya, Ijad Kao, Axel Pruß, Radostina Georgieva, and Hans Bäumler. 2020. "Riboflavin: The Health Benefits of a Forgotten Natural Vitamin" International Journal of Molecular Sciences 21, no. 3: 950. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms21030950

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