D-ribose is a naturally occurring 5-carbon sugar that is present in all living cells. In the body, ribose is produced via the pentose phosphate pathway (PPP). It is thought that D-ribose, used as a supplement, allows the cell to avoid the limit on the amount of ribose produced in the PPP. This process helps provide the body with more energy. D-ribose is not an essential nutrient, since it can be made in the body from other substances, such as glucose. D-ribose, however, is very essential for life. Some of the most important biological molecules contain D-ribose, including ATP (adenosine triphosphate), all the nucleotides and nucleotide coenzymes and all forms of RNA (ribonucleic acid). D-ribose is found in living matter and it is ingested in our diets. Some recent research suggests that supplement doses of this sugar may have cardioprotective effects, particularly for the ischemic heart. According to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia specialist Dr Jacob Teitelbaum MD 'Two very interesting studies in animals showed how dramatic the effect of ribose could be on energy recovery in fatigued muscle. These studies were conducted by Dr. Ron Terjung, one of the top muscle physiologists in the U.S. In their research, Dr. Terjung and his co-investigators found that ribose administration in fatigued muscle increased the rate of energy recovery by 340% to 430%, depending on which type of muscle was tested.' Dr Teitelbaum also comments that 'Ribose regulates how much energy we have in our bodies, and for those suffering from fatigue, muscle soreness, stiffness, and a host of related medical complications, the relief found in energy restoration can be life changing.' To read more about this see Dr Teitelbaum web pages at www.endfatigue.com As a powder, D-ribose is a sweet, solid, water-soluble substance that is also known as alpha-D-ribofuranoside. L-ribose does not have biological activity. D-ribose is sometimes referred to as just ribose. Supplemental D-ribose is produced from the fermentation of corn syrup.
Recommended use: 1-2 teaspoons dissolved in 200ml of water once or twice a day. Best taken before or with food.