Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Mito Cocktail - Riboflavin (B2)

The Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine says this: 

"Mitochondrial disease means the power plants in cells don't function properly. When that happens, some functions in the body don't work normally. It's as if the body has a power failure: there is a gradation of effects, like a 'brown out' or a 'black out'.

Scientifically, it is actually a category or group of diseases. That's why mitochondrial disease takes many different forms and no two people may look alike."

Because these powerhouses of the cells (Mitochondria) do not function properly, patietns take the Mito Cocktail to help improve cellular function.

The information on Riboflavin (below) comes from the sheet our compounding pharmacy sent to us. America's Compounding Center says this about Riboflavin (B2)

"Riboflavin, or vitamin B2, is a water-soluble B vitamin necessary to maintain healthy cell function in the eyes, mucous membranes, skin, hair and nails. Water-soluble vitamins are not stored by the body, therefore they need to be replaced regularly in the diet. Dietary sources of riboflavin include green leafy vegetables, dairy, eggs, meats, poultry, fish and whole grain cereals.  Common causes of riboflavin deficiency include malabsorption syndromes, alcoholism, and poor dietary intake. Symptoms associated with riboflavin deficiency usually affect the eyes and skin and include blurred vision and sensitivity to light, dry, flaky skin and sore throat. Riboflavin supplementation has been used to treat patients with riboflavin deficiency and has also been studied for migraine prevention. The UMDF recommends that patients take 100-400mg of riboflavin by mouth daily. Doses between 100 and 120 mg daily have been studied in children with mitochondrial disorders. The most common side effect associated with riboflavin is a bright yellow-orange discoloration of the urine. "

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