D-Ribose is a supplement with key benefits that are thought to improve energy levels, athletic performance, heart health and cellular metabolism.
What is D-Ribose?
D-Ribose is an energy producing supplement used to improve overall athletic performance, reduce chronic fatigue (CFS) and improve symptoms of fibromyalgia and other conditions. It is a pentose monosaccharide sugar (simple sugar) which is naturally produced in the body to turn food into energy.
D-Ribose is the necessary fuel we need for cellular metabolism and plays a roll in the production of DNA, RNA, fatty acids, hormones and especially ATP (adenosine triphosphate).
ATP is a transporter in the cells that carries energy throughout the body where it is needed. During exercise, ATP is used up and the low levels need to be replenished.
Cellular energy is thought to be used faster than we can restore it and this causes muscle aches, fatigue, pain and soreness. When it is restored at a faster rate, the muscles are thought to recover more quickly and produce energy.
Deficiencies of ATP are thought to be found in people suffering from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue where the muscles capacity to make ATP are already reduced.
Taking D-Ribose is thought to provide an increase in energy and higher quality of life. Studies showed a 45% improvement in energy levels, less fatigue and soreness and improved general well being within the first 12 days.
Benefits of D-Ribose
D-Ribose is associated with heightening energy levels and is also used by the body to fuel the heart, brain, tissues and muscle arrangement.
It works within the mitochondria of cells. This is where the biochemical processes of respiration and energy production occur. Our diet, genetics, lifestyle and current state of health can all be a potential factor in the efficiency or lack thereof, of proper cell metabolism.
In some cases, when cells do not have enough nutrients, they cannot convert the food we ingest into energy. When tissues don’t get the proper amount of energy, conditions/symptoms may arise. This makes us sluggish, lethargic and tired.
Ribose is a sugar that the body holds onto and is utilized to produce ATP. Ribose needs to be available for the synthesis of it.
ATP is used in every cell in order to supply energy. If there is insufficient ATP production, the cells of organs and tissues are starved and cannot produce energy.
Taking D-Ribose is thought to restore ATP levels and provide adequate levels of cellular energy. This may improve athletic performance, helping muscles to recover faster, decreasing muscle soreness and boosting muscle energy.
It also thought to improve cardiac function. When the heart is starved of energy it may be associated with low levels of ATP. If you have suffered from heart failure, it may be a good idea to speak with your doctor regarding the use of D-Ribose.
Finally, many users claim that taking D-Ribose has improved their mental energy, motivation and alertness.
It is good to note some of the possible side effects that are associated with the consistent improper functioning of the mitochondrial which is critical to cell function.
This dysfunction is serious and may cause loss of muscle coordination, liver and kidney diseases, respiratory disorders, heart diseases, reduced energy levels and learning disabilities.
It may decrease in the brains ability to send crucial chemical signaling between the neurons. Dopamine, serotonin and acetylcholine are all neurotransmitters that are negatively effected in their ability to send signals that lead to mental fatigue and low mood.
Low levels of ATP may also cause heart dysfunctions and muscle weakness, low performance of white blood cells that fight against viruses and bacteria and several other possible side effects and conditions.
Side Effects of D-Ribose
D-Ribose is considered likely safe and there is no standard recommendation from the FDA. The safety of long term use is undefined. Potential mild side effects reported have been;
- Low blood sugar
- Stomach aches
It is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women, people with diabetes or with low blood sugar. If you are taking D-Ribose and have a scheduled surgery, it is recommended to stop taking it 2 weeks prior.
The recommended reported dosage for oral use is between 5 grams-15 grams per day. The lower end dosage of 5 grams seems to be reported as sufficient for healthy people to improve cardiac function, restore energy levels and enhance athletic performance.
Higher doses are linked to the use of D-Ribose for cardiovascular diseases, fibromyalgia and high intensity exercise.
If you have any questions or concerns, please consult your doctor first before taking D-Ribose.