D-ribose is a complex 5-carbon sugar made in the human body. It is the catalyst that starts the metabolic process for the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) within the body's cells. ATP is a co-enzyme used as an energy carrier in the cells of all known organisms. D-ribose is the specific nutrient needed for ATP production, the essential component for the body's energy production. Without D-ribose, cells cannot produce ATP and a low energy state of lethargy will occur
Benefits and applications of D-ribose
Energy boost for all low energy states, from simple tiredness right the way through to chronic fatigue syndrome
Heart health; recent research shows ATP production in the heart muscle increased by 300% to 400% due to supplemental D-ribose Blood health; aids in the longevity of blood cells
Brain health; increases the ability to think clearly by virtue of glucose production aided by D-ribose supplementation
For general energy, chronic fatigue and low-energy
As a dietary supplement, D-ribose provides the cells with the fuel that they need to rapidly increase ATP levels, so restoring long lasting energy levels throughout the body. D-ribose is already very popular with athletes and sports people. It's the perfect "pick-me-up” after a long, hard workout, diminishing exhaustion and tiredness.
D-ribose provides a lasting energy boost regardless of whether you're just feeling rundown and exhausted or you're an athlete needing to go "that extra distance” or a sufferer of a serious energy sapping health condition.
The "Downhill Syndrome" This is a term derived from the title of a 1997 book The Downhill Syndrome: If Nothing's Wrong, Why Do I Feel So Bad? by Pavel Yutsis and Morton Walker, it refers to a group of low energy states (including CFS) where, for instance and like an autoimmune condition, there is a hidden underlying condition, such as a unknown low-level infection that begins to act as a stressor on the body. ATP production is reduced as the body utilises most of its energy to fight the infection and the energy production process becomes overtaxed. The result is exhaustion and fatigue. Energy levels fall dramatically and the underlying condition takes an even tighter grip on ones health.
"Chronic fatigue syndrome patients have faulty ATP metabolism, so it makes perfect sense to use D-ribose to help them." Life Extension Foundation
It can become an exhaustive downward spiral, like a whirlpool, that is almost impossible to break out of once one is in it. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia are just two of the possible degenerative outcomes.
"Under conditions of physical duress or stress, the body's energy resources become depleted. In particular, intracellular levels of the body's primary energy carrying molecule, adenosine triphosphate (ATP), are lowered significantly. Since cells and organs need adequate energy in order to maintain integrity and function it's essential that the supply of ATP be replenished soon after it's consumed by the body. If ATP molecules are not regenerated quickly enough to meet the body's energy demands, energy metabolism becomes impaired." Dr. Terri Butler noted D-ribose authority
D-ribose and Heart Disease
Recent research shows that D-ribose increases ATP production in muscles (including the heart muscle) 300% to 400%. Scientists and doctors agree that this means many heart disease patients can greatly benefit from supplemental D-ribose.
"What D-ribose does is helps fuel the regeneration of energy when your body can't create it quickly enough... …You'll feel an increase in your energy level and you'll be promoting cardiac efficiency, strength, and function. D-ribose promotes rapid exercise recovery, supports healthy energy levels in the heart and muscles, and promotes cellular energy." Dr. Stephen Sinatra, M.D., bestselling author of The Sinatra Solution
Poor cardiovascular health can result in ischaemia, a restriction in blood supply to tissues, causing a shortage of oxygen and glucose needed for cellular metabolism (to keep tissue alive). Ischaemia is generally caused by problems with blood vessels, with resultant damage to or dysfunction of tissue.
When ischaemia occurs, the body's cells do not get the oxygen they need to properly burn energy-producing fuels (such as ATP). In ischaemia, ATP levels can fall by more than 50 percent. Energy levels then drop rapidly so stressing the heart muscle and reducing energy available for the rest of the body.
D-ribose Helps Blood Cells Live Longer
It has also been found that D-ribose may help blood cells live longer and therefore may prove a useful anti-aging supplement. In his search for ways to extend the "shelf-life” of blood platelets used in blood transfusions and organ transplants; Dr. Daniel Ericson M.D., a former Mayo Clinic haematologist found that D-ribose acts as a preservative agent for platelets, slowing the aging process during storage. He states that D-ribose was found to "significantly enhance the function of blood platelets for transfusion." Platelets for transfusions and transplants are only viable for a few days, after which they lose their effectiveness and cannot be used. This often leaves hospitals in chronic short supply. After only five days of storage, platelet function is normally reduced to a mere 5% or less. But when D-ribose is introduced, platelets retain an astonishing 90% of their function after five days, and 80% after seven days. Furthermore, harmful bacterial growth was dramatically inhibited in the D-ribose treated blood platelet samples.
D-ribose and Brain Function
D-ribose is required for a number of other essential functions in the body. It is used to manufacture glucose, the most basic sugar in the body, which travels the circulatory system as an integral part of the blood. The brain needs large amounts of glucose for proper functioning. Lacking an adequate supply, one will suffer from mental fogginess and the inability to concentrate fully. Those who have used D-ribose for other conditions have noted the beneficial side effect of clarity of thought coming on almost instantly.
"It was like a light going on in my head," one recent convert to D-ribose told us. That's because added D-ribose helps the brain produce ATP energy right in the brain cells! Jerry Brainum, noted D-ribose authority
"Even when glucose supply is plentiful, production of D-ribose in the cells by the glucose pentose shunt can be very slow. D-ribose as a nutritional supplement is therefore useful because it is immediately available for the generation of new ATP." Dr. Sarah Myhill, Associate Specialist at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in Britain