Thirsty? Why it may be smart to reach for a D-Ribose-infused beverage.

July 7th, 2014
energy drinks, Titan Tea

Whether you’re playing a game of touch football with the gang, or getting the vegetable garden in good shape, being active in the summer heat can drain your energy. On its own, dehydration can make you feel tired. But when you add in muscle fatigue and soreness, it may be time to quench your thirst with a tasty beverage infused with Bioenergy Ribose. There is a growing number of options.

Bioenergy Ribose, a 5-carbon monosaccharide, works by regulating the body’s natural energy synthesis. It helps muscles regenerate lost energy, and to reduce muscle soreness. Think of it as helping to level your body’s energy supply versus its demand for energy.

Stock up on one or more of these beverages, so that you’ll have them chilled and ready to enjoy the next time you’re thirsty and in need of sustained energy.

Titan Tea: Made with three grams of Bioenergy Ribose per bottle, these naturally low calorie beverages also contain a balanced formula of minerals including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium to support hydration. It is available in Lemon Black Tea, Raspberry Black Tea, Peach Green Tea and Pomegranate Green Tea.

Go Fast Energy Drinks: Go Fast’s formula is free of preservatives, aspartame and high fructose corn syrup. Go Fast is available in a variety of flavors including Authentic (original), Coconut, Sports GFTea, Lemonade Lime Hybrid and Berry Energy Hybrid, as well as a Light option. Each flavor contains 91 mg of Bioenergy Ribose per serving.

U-ADE: This is the first-ever sport-specific performance drink, with unique formulas specific to soccer, basketball, baseball, softball and football. Each formula contains antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, and natural flavors and colors. Both U-ADE Soccer formulas contain 500 mg per serving of Bioenergy Ribose.

And if you prefer to sip, consider the 2.5-ounce berry-flavored Bazi All-Natural Energy Shots. These are a blend of eight superfruits plus 1500 mg of Bioenergy Ribose per serving.

Beverages made with Bioenergy Ribose give you more lasting energy, and help you to re-charge faster so that you’ll be able to enjoy more summer fun.

 

Sweet simplicity: Bioenergy Ribose may be poised to become the next big energy product ingredient

May 5th, 2014
Mature man drinking energy drink during a break at gym

The public has become very savvy about the advantages and disadvantages of energy products, particularly those containing high amounts of caffeine and/or sugar. Food and beverage manufacturers are increasingly looking to Bioenergy Ribose as either an additive or an alternative. D-Ribose answers consumer demand for a safe, natural source of sustained energy, with fewer crashes plus other added benefits such as reduced muscle soreness and faster muscle recovery time.

“The market for natural energy products continues to grow at a very healthy rate,” comments Michael Crabtree, CPT/CSCS, ISSN, CISSN, technical sales manager for Bioenergy Life Science. “We’re seeing an increased interest in Bioenergy Ribose because it is a safe and natural functional ingredient that works to help people feel better and more energetic.”

Crabtree adds that the benefit of products formulated with natural ingredients is really very simple. “Logically, the products formulated with natural ingredients, or that adhere to processes that more closely emulate those found in nature are better for consumers,” he says. “This brings D-Ribose to the forefront of sweetener technology. Carbohydrates that are produced naturally in the body, as opposed to the synthetic chemical sweeteners, and that also further their benefit by adding additional functional qualities are of great use to formulators looking to accomplish multiple things simultaneously.”

Recent research has shown that blends of energy products may give people the greatest benefits, because they help them to achieve energy equilibrium. Those studies that Bioenergy Life Science has competed are finding promising correlations between stimulants and natural functional ingredients. “The goal is not to remove stimulants from products,” says Crabtree, “but to balance their physiological effect. Ingredients such as Ribose act synergistically by enhancing an increase in cellular energy without contributing to undesirable effects including additional dehydration, or the ever-dreaded crash. The data shows that it is possible to create products that are balanced and therefore safer.”

Crabtree predicts that consumers may soon see “hybrid” products on store shelves: those that have both functional and supplemental benefits. “If multiple benefits are achieved through a single product it has an immediate market advantage. Examples might be an energy drink that is both satisfying and provides nutrient delivery, or a mint that both freshens breath and provides stimulation prior to exercise. They provide consumers with multi-faceted benefits without the need for multiple purchases.”

 

Bioenergy Ribose featured in Muscle & Fitness magazine article

January 20th, 2014
Playing in the park

When board-certified nutritionist and nationally known fitness expert Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., CNS, was asked to write an article advising readers how to get more energy, he made sure to include Bioenergy Ribose. In his article “Simple Steps to Power Up Your Energy Reserves”, Bowden explains that, “Ribose is not like rollover minutes. You can’t store it up. If you’re doing something strenuous that requires a lot of exertion, you’ll need a lot of it, maybe more than your body can churn out right away.”

Bowden, the best-selling author of 14 books on health, healing, food and longevity, added that, “Bioenergy Ribose is an ideal supplement to take. I play tennis 8-9 times a week, without a day to relax and re-boot. I need to keep my ribose storehouse constantly replenished, so it is an important part of my supplement program.”

Bowden’s helpful tips for getting all-day energy also included limiting processed carbs, which he calls energy drainers, and replacing those foods with more nutritious alternatives such as string cheese with an apple before a workout, and a whey protein shake for post-workout recovery.

He concluded: “When you sleep well, you make smarter nutritional decisions. If you also add D-Ribose into the mix, your tired muscles will recover faster so you can exercise even more. More exercise means sleeping better at night and having more energy throughout the next day. It’s that simple.”

 

New study shows ribose plus caffeine may be superior at fighting fatigue.

December 17th, 2013
coffee and snacks

Most people don’t reach for energy drinks unless they are drowsy and have exhausted their energy reserves. Others depend on a candy bar to get them past their mid-afternoon energy slumps. While we know that caffeine, ribose and glucose provide energy benefits, Bioenergy Life Science researchers recently became the first team to test these ingredients using a fatigue model. The goal was to assist product formulators by determining the best possible ingredient synergies. The exciting results may lead to changes in the ingredient ratios used in energy products.

“In previous studies, the effects of these ingredients were evaluated on people under normal conditions,” explained Alex Xue, Ph.D., executive VP & chief technology officer, Bioenergy Life Science. “What made this fatigue model experiment different was that it showed us what happens when you give caffeine and/or ribose to subjects who are already fatigued and have used up their energy reserves. That’s relevant because it is a more real-world example of how these products are used.”

How the study was conducted

For this study, researchers used a standard mice fatigue model. Previous research has shown that ribose and caffeine have similar impacts on mice and humans.

For three days prior to the start of the experiment, mice swam to the point of exhaustion so that their energy reserves were low. During the actual experiment, the mice swam in the morning and afternoon for three days. On the third day, their swimming time dropped more than 20 percent compared to their baseline average over the first two days.

On day four, the mice were fed their normal diet plus one of four treatments. Then their endurance was once again tested by how long they were able to swim. The results:

Glucose only: Swimming time returned to about the same as their normal baseline average (100 percent).

Caffeine only: Swimming time dropped, and became worse than baseline.

Ribose only: Swimming time improved to 135 percent.

50/50 ribose and caffeine combination: Swimming time improved by 150 percent.

“In the second stage, we used different ribose/caffeine concentrations. We determined that the optimal combination – when translated into human equivalents – is 10mg/kg caffeine plus 4 grams of ribose. With this combination, we could boost swimming time to 180 percent! Though this is the optimal combination, it should be noted that lower doses of ribose also improve the swimming time,” says Xue. He added, “When the caffeine concentration was higher, the effect was negative. This could be because we were providing too much stimulant (caffeine) without base energy (ribose) to fill the order. This makes sense because we know that ribose helps the heart to relax, and a relaxed heart can function more efficiently. Caffeine, on the other hand, can make the heart more exhausted because it causes the heart rate to become quick and shallow.” Bioenergy Ribose was used in this experiment.

Xue says that human clinical studies will be conducted to further verify these findings.

 

Why you may need more sustained energy this winter

December 9th, 2013
Man shovelling and removing snow from his car during a snow storm.

Winter days may be shorter but your need for energy reserves may be greater this time of year. All the more reason to add Bioenergy Ribose to your daily routine. Consider someone who is living in a snowy climate. Winter often means having to dig out of a snow-covered driveway in the morning before fighting rush hour traffic to spend another eight hours at work. Even those who live in sunny Southern California often like to escape to the mountains this time of year for some weekend downhill skiing.

When you’re more active than usual, it makes sense to pay closer attention to how you are maintaining your energy levels. Ribose is a safe, natural and clinically proven way to restore and sustain energy. We all want fewer energy slumps during this busy season, right?

Here are some other ways your body needs extra energy this month. Chances are good that you’re doing more:

• Standing in line at the mall

• Extra trips to the supermarket

• Cooking holiday meals

• Sprucing up the house by heavy cleaning or moving furniture around before out-of-town family arrives

Bioenergy Ribose increases your energy reserves, so you’ll be ready for just about anything this season, from the dash into the store for a last-minute gift to joining a friend on a brisk weekend hike. Plus if you’re using muscles you haven’t used in a while, ribose will help them to recover faster so you’ll spend less time being sore and more time having fun.

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