Riboflavin, also known as B2, is a B vitamin that is derived from food sources and used by our body for various functions including energy production. It is especially important in certain medical conditions including migraine and headache. Food sources of riboflavin include eggs, meats, milk and dairy products, fortified cereals, and green leafy vegetables.
Some studies have shown that taking a riboflavin supplement has been associated with a reduction in the number of migraine episodes per month.
The supplement is considered generally safe with the possible side effect of bright yellow urine.
If you are interested in supplementation with riboflavin or other natural supplements, speak with your health care provider first. There are other evidence-based vitamins and minerals that may be recommended as part of your regimen.
By: Brooke Steiger, NP