Human Nutrition

Vitamin B2: An essential micronutrient for metabolism support

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) is an essential micronutrient naturally contained in eggs, meat and dairy products. Plant-derived foods such as nuts, vegetables and grains contribute small quantities to vitamin B2 intake. In the human body, vitamin B2 is a co-factor of enzymes that enable redox-reactions in metabolism. Vitamin B2 is thus required for conversion of food into energy, growth and development. 

Vitamin B2 is water-soluble and major losses occur during milling of grains, polishing of rice, storage in light and cooking. Therefore, fortification of staple foods with vitamin B2 is practiced in several countries. Population groups at risk of inadequate vitamin B2 intake are, for example, pregnant and lactating women as well as their infants, people who consume little or no dairy products or meat, vegans and vegetarian/vegan athletes.

Today’s consumers are leading busier and more hectic lifestyles. They understand that high energy levels are required in order to meet the needs of their daily lives and the importance of B-vitamins in energy production. Globally, 60% of consumers are very familiar with B-vitamins and understand their benefits. B-vitamins can be a safe choice for consumers and are widely used in end-consumer products.

BASF’s vitamin B2 complies with food and pharmaceutical standards (CEP available), delivers consistent quality, high purity and excellent flowability to support customers’ production.

Sources: Food Fortification Initiative, 2023; Liu K et al., 2019; Suri DJ et al., 2016; NIH Fact Sheets for Health Professionals and Consumers, Riboflavin (November 2023); IOM, Food and Nutrition Board: Dietary Reference Intakes for Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin, and Choline. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1998.FMCG Gurus, 2023; Vitafoodsinsights, 2023

What makes BASF’s vitamin B2 an excellent choice for your products and applications?

  • World-class production

    • Production site in Gunsan, Korea, ensures excellent product quality of powder grades
    • Produced by fermentation with Ashbya gossypii
  • Versatile applications

    • Free-flowing granular powders are ideal for use as a health ingredient in dietary supplements and functional beverages
    • Fine powder grades are highly suitable for use as colorants in food and beverage
  • High quality standards

    • Excellent purity
    • Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) production
    • Certificate of Suitability (CEP) documentation available for pharma applications
    • Complies with all major pharmacopeia

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BASF’s vitamin B2 is suitable for food and beverages, dietary supplements and pharmaceutical applications

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