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Vitamin B2 by Paramhansa Yogananda

This is the last known vitamin on our list though not the last in order of discovery. There may be others but so far they have not been isolated.

Vitamin G is necessary to the health of all ages. One of the symptoms of its lack is premature old age. Its presence in the diet helps to prevent and to cure the disease called pellagra. This disease manifests as a skin trouble, which “consists of roundish patches the size of a coin, reddish to purplish in hue, appearing suddenly on the wrists or backs of the hands, and the patches tend to coalesce and form a diffuse rough end area somewhat resembling an old sunburn.” In some cases small blisters appear. It is now thought that many of the common skin disorders, such as psoriasis or eczema, may be due to a lack of a sufficient amount of this vitamin in the daily diet.

Vitamin G, along with D and E, can stand considerable heat and is not destroyed at ordinary cooking temperatures. Vitamins G, B, and C are soluble in water, therefore do not discard the water in which vegetables have been cooked. Use it for soups, sauces, and so forth.


Yeast, wheat germ, and most of the foods containing Vitamin B, also beet leaves, buttermilk, cream, fresh milk, condensed milk, evaporated milk, spinach, egg yolk, cauliflower, cabbage, cress, avocado, banana, dried peas and lettuce.

Praecepta Lessons, Volume 3 (1938): Praeceptum #65

(Editor’s note: Vitamin B2 use to be called Vitamin G.)