What is it?
(D-Ribose) Ribose is a natural occurring pentose sugar or carbohydrate that our bodies make naturally. It is an essential component of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which is the molecule that supplies energy to every cell in our bodies. Systemic Ribose levels decrease as we age, and replenishment is extremely beneficial to increasing one’s energy level and overall health.
Why should i take ribose?
People take D-Ribose for several reasons:
- Improves exercise and sports performance
- Increases in endurance and energy
- Reduction in muscle fatigue, speeds up post-workout recovery.
- Ribose has been used to prevent post-workout cramps, pain, and stiffness
- Ribose improves heart function and quality of life in patients with coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure
Can you get ribose from a natural diet?
Ribose can be found in the following items: mushrooms, beef, poultry, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, milk, eggs, caviar, anchovies, herring, sardines, and yogurt. Unfortunately, one cannot get the amount of Ribose necessary to make a significant difference in these areas without extra supplementation. Manufacturers doses range from 1-10 grams per day (1).
How does it help with energy?
D-ribose is a component of the structure of ATP, the main energy source for your cells. For this reason, research has examined whether ATP supplements can help improve energy stores in muscle cells (2).
How does it improve heart function?
Evidence suggests that D-ribose may improve energy production in heart muscle, as it’s essential for ATP production (3, 4). Several studies have examined whether D-ribose supplements improve heart function in people with heart disease.One study found that 60 grams per day of D-ribose improved the heart’s ability to tolerate low blood flow during exercise in people with coronary artery disease (5). Another study found that 15 grams daily of the supplement enhanced the function of some of the chambers of the heart and improved quality of life in those with the same disease (6). Overall, studies demonstrate the potential of D-ribose for improving heart metabolism and function in people with heart disease (4, 7, 8).