This Organic Compound Fights Workout Fatigue
I first heard about D-Ribose described as an energy nutrient in a gym in Los Angeles and promptly dismissed it.
Probably prejudice on my part. Most of what you hear around the gym regarding supplements is nonsense.
The guy who was touting this particular supplement claimed to have gotten it from a medical researcher who swore that it was the missing link in energy production, and if you just drank this product with D-Ribose in it you’d be benching 250 in no time, and running marathons in your spare time.
So naturally I paid no attention.
Problem is, I was wrong…
How I Learned the Truth about D-Ribose…
Several years later, my friend Steven Sinatra, MD, a cardiologist and nutritionist who is a huge fan of D-Ribose, wrote a book on metabolic cardiology that had an introduction by James Roberts, MD. Sinatra discovered the supplement through Roberts. Here’s what Sinatra wrote in his book:
“As a marathon runner, Dr. Roberts knew the importance of energy recovery on maintaining the physiological health of his muscles. He also knew the pain, soreness, stiffness, and fatigue he felt following long distance training runs. Dr. Roberts soon found that taking D-Ribose before and after a run eliminated the problems associated with training. After a long run his muscles felt good and his legs were no longer ‘spongy.’ The muscle pain and soreness he generally had for a day or two following a long run were gone. And, he was no longer fatigued in the days following a strenuous workout!”
That is how D-Ribose got my attention.
A Vital Sugar?
D-Ribose is actually a five-carbon sugar that is used by every living cell. Since D-Ribose is an essential part of ribonucleic acid or RNA (the information carrying partner of DNA), it’s also essential for all living things. And D-Ribose also happens to be a component of ATP (adenosine-triphosphate), the “energy” molecule in your cells.
Bottom line: It’s critical for metabolism.
The primary dietary source of D-Ribose is veal and other red meat, but as Sinatra points out, the amount you might get from your diet isn’t enough to provide any meaningful support for anyone with low energy caused by heart disease, vascular disease, or even exercise recovery.
Cells basically produce D-Ribose on demand, much like the barrista at Starbucks—they don’t make a bunch of it and leave it on the counter waiting to be used.
But certain tissues, including the heart and the brain, can only make the amount of the chemical they need when the cells aren’t under stress.
On top of that, D-Ribose manufacturing is a slow process.
As a result, the tissues of the heart and muscle are unable to quickly replace energy pools once they’ve been depleted by either exercise or disease. This is a particular concern in heart disease when oxygen or blood flow is chronically impaired, but as we saw with Roberts’ experience running marathons, it could also be the case with regular folks under certain conditions.
“Studies have shown that any amount of D-Ribose you give to energy-starved cells will give the cells an energy boost,” Sinatra told me.
Does D-Ribose Supplementation Really Help People with Low Energy?
In a 2006 pilot study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 41 patients with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, or both were given 5 grams of D-Ribose three times a day over the course of about 25 days.
By the end of the study, the participants reported significant improvements in feelings of well-being, sleep patterns, mental clarity, and energy. Average energy increase was 45 percent while about two thirds of the people reported feeling “somewhat better to much better” while taking the D-Ribose supplements.
The evidence for D-Ribose supplementation in people whose energy is compromised because of heart issues is even more compelling.
A number of studies have shown great value in using D-Ribose (often along with other great heart nutrients like CoQ10 and carnitine) for heart patients. One of many peer-reviewed journal articles in a 2003 issue of the European Journal of Heart Failure showed that D-Ribose improved diastolic function and quality of life in patients with congestive heart failure, a condition in which energy is highly compromised.
It’s more than possible that D-Ribose may help you with general fatigue, whether or not you are an athlete. If you have heart or vascular concerns, D-Ribose is that much more critical.
That’s why today we are offering our favorite D-Ribose supplement at a discounted price.
BioEnergy has amassed no fewer than 24 patents (issued or pending) relating to the use of D-Ribose for increasing energy in tissues, and also for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. That is to say they are one of the top manufacturers of this supplement in the country.
This particular product contains a proprietary compound called PEAK ATP that is said to deliver the exact molecule the human body needs to create energy.
I recommend starting with the amount I personally use: 5–10 grams a day in two divided doses. That’s 1/2 – 1 tablespoon with breakfast and again with dinner.
If you feel fatigued, need a quick way to recover from exercise, or are suffering from more severe energy deficit problems, D-Ribose may just be the vital sugar you need to beat fatigue and regain your energy.
I guess that guy in the gym was right after all.
Wishing You Health and Wellness,
The Rockwell Nutrition Team