Supporting red blood cell formation, critical in supplying nutrients to the foetus.
The NRV recommends 1.4mg of Vitamin B2 per day, Her.9 contains 2.5mg, 178% of the NRV. (this is equivalent to 3 cups of Tofu)
- The maintenance of normal metabolism
- Energy and red blood cell maintenance
- The health and function of mucous membranes
Both mothers and babies need vitamin B2 to develop blood cells, skin, and support the health and function of mucous membranes, which line various cavities in the body such as the ear, nose, throat, and digestive tract.
During pregnancy, more red blood cells are needed to support the growth and development of the foetus, especially in the last 3 months. Vitamin B2 helps to support normal red blood cell formation to carry oxygen and important nutrients from the mother to the foetus.
Vitamin B2 also supports absorption of iron which helps prevent anaemia during pregnancy and reduces fatigue and nausea in early pregnancy.
Evidence has shown that deficiency of vitamin B2 could be a possible risk factor for preeclampsia, one of the leading causes of maternal morbidity and mortality worldwide, therefore ensuring mother’s intake of vitamin B2 is adequate.
- Plain yoghurt
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