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Nutrient to Know: Riboflavin

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It’s found in everything from dairy products to vegetables, but are you making smart choices to get enough of this energy-boosting B-vitamin? Find out why it’s important and the best ways to get your daily dose.



What Is It?
Sometimes referred to as vitamin B-2, riboflavin is a water-soluble vitamin that’s typically part of a B-complex supplement. High doses of the vitamins have been studied to help treat migraine headaches. More research is needed to determine both safety and effectiveness, though, so hold off on taking large doses.

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Nutrient to Know: Vitamin A

We all know we should eat our veggies, but do you know why? Nutrients from whole foods provide plenty of amazing health benefits.

What is it?
Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin. Its two forms are retinol (commonly referred to as just “vitamin A”) and beta-carotene. Your body can convert beta-carotene into retinol. Both kinds of vitamin A are found in food, and eating either counts toward your daily needs.

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Nutrient to Know: Niacin

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Though plentiful in lots of foods, many folks turn to this B-vitamin in supplement form. Find out why that might not be such a good idea.

What is It?
Niacin (a.k.a. vitamin B3) is a water-soluble vitamin, which means that daily excess is lost in the urine. Because of this high turnover, it’s best to have a steady intake in niacin-rich foods.

Why is It Good for You?
Our bodies rely on this important vitamin to help produce energy from the carbs and fat we eat. It also plays a role in the workings of both the digestive and nervous systems.

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