14. Vitamin B – Riboflavin
Riboflavin is also known as Vitamin B2. Like many other vitamins, it acts as an antioxidant. It plays an important role in ensuring that blood cells are healthy, gives the body an energy boost, and prevents free radical damage. Free radicals and a failure to disrupt or destroy cause the origins of cancer.
Another important property of riboflavin is that it can help to prevent and treat anemia. Iron-deficient anemia is associated with an increased risk of cancer in studies done in Taiwan. Riboflavin assists in the production of red blood cells and stimulates the iron in the bloodstream to perform its functions. When a person already has an iron deficiency and riboflavin deficiency, anemia is an almost certain result.
In some introductory research, a relationship between riboflavin and the prevention of certain cancer types such as esophageal cancer, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, and prostate cancer was tentatively established. Researchers are hard at work on the theory that riboflavin minimizes the oxidative stress caused by free radicals. When free radicals are not addressed by the immune system, they can result in cancer.
The sources of riboflavin are many and diverse. It is found in fruits and vegetables, and a lot of grain products such as bread and cereal are fortified with it in order to make sure people get enough riboflavin. This is because few people eat enough fruits and vegetables to get enough riboflavin that way and this would result in many experiencing a riboflavin deficiency. Including a variety of fruits and vegetables helps to increase your riboflavin intake. The jackfruit contains riboflavin and can give your body the extra Vitamin B2 it needs.