You ask, we answer: Your questions about Bioenergy Ribose

May 20th, 2013
Fitness woman thinking

We appreciate and value our conversations with everyone interested in learning more about the benefits of ribose. For example, just a few weeks ago someone asked if Bioenergy Ribose is good for soccer players. The answer is yes! Here are answers to other questions we receive frequently.

Who needs supplemental ribose?

Ribose is an essential ingredient in stimulating natural energy production. When your energy demands exceed supply, supplemental ribose is needed. Research has shown that ribose reduces stress associated with strenuous activity and helps athletes reach new heights. Ribose helps hearts and muscles maintain healthy energy levels, and it accelerates energy recovery when tissues are stressed by strenuous exercise or overworking. Whether you are a trained athlete, weekend warrior or are concerned about your cardiovascular health, ribose may help give the energy boost your body needs.

What will ribose do for someone who exercises on a regular basis?

Scientific research shows that three or four workouts per week may not allow enough rest time between sessions for heart and muscle energy pools to return to normal levels. Taking Bioenergy Ribose shortens the time needed by heart and muscle tissue to replace energy that is lost through vigorous exercise. Keeping energy pools full helps to keep hearts and muscles in good physiological condition, increase power and endurance, and reduce fatigue. Recent research has also shown that ribose supplementation during exercise reduces free radical formation.

Are there any side effects associated with taking ribose?

There are two known side effects of taking ribose in doses of 10 grams or more on an empty stomach. The first is transient hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) that can be eliminated by taking larger doses of ribose with other carbohydrates. (Simply mix in your juice.) The second side effect that may occur in some individuals is loose stools. This side effect has only been reported when very larger doses, greater than 10 grams, are taken. Total daily intake of ribose should be limited to 20 grams, or approximately 4 rounded teaspoons. Ribose should be taken in doses up to 5 grams (approximately 1 rounded teaspoon) at a time. Multiple 5-gram doses separated by 30 to 45 minutes can be taken without side effects.

Does ribose work with creatine or other supplements?

Ribose can increase the effect of creatine and other energy supplements by keeping the energy pool at full capacity. Creatine works by recycling energy that is already present in the tissue. Another supplement, carnitine, aids in fatty acid metabolism. Others, such as pyruvate and coenzyme Q10, also help to recycle energy. None of these other supplements, however, help to actually make the energy compounds the cell needs to maintain a healthy energy pool. Only ribose performs this important metabolic function. Unless there are adequate levels of energy to work with, no other supplement can be fully effective. Keep this in mind: Ribose helps the body actually make energy, while other supplements may help the body use energy more efficiently.

Where can I find products with Bioenergy Ribose?

Bioenergy Ribose is only ribose that can legally be used in the U.S. for foods, beverages and supplements. It is sold as a bulk ingredient to manufacturers who incorporate it into their food, beverage, sports nutrition or dietary supplement products. To find some of these consumer products with Bioenergy Ribose, simply do an online search for “products with Bioenergy Ribose.” The result will show you several companies that make Bioenergy Ribose supplements. You can then do a price comparison and find the product that is right for you.

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Olympian Billy Demong joins Team Ribose

May 7th, 2013
Bill Demong in Bioenergy Ribose tee shirt

Another amazing elite athlete has joined Team Ribose! 2010 Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist Billy Demong reports that he is already seeing the benefits of adding Bioenergy Ribose to his fitness regimen as he prepares for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. As a Team Ribose member, Billy will also appear in future Bioenergy Ribose ads and at many of our events.

“I was turned on to Ribose through friends who had taken the product, and knew some of the incredible testimonials of other endurance athletes including Greg and Laura Bennett and Olympic Champion Susan Francia,” Billy says. “I started taking the product several weeks ago which is perfect timing as we are in a huge volume base-building phase and recovery from all of the endurance training and strength sessions is critical. I’ve noticed a remarkably shortened turnaround time between finishing long hard sessions and feeling recovered to go again. I have an enhanced ability to work harder day after day with each day starting off feeling fresh and ready. In the past week alone I’ve biked, run and skied over 250 miles with over 40,000 vertical feet of climbing, lifted weights three times for two hours and raced a 75-mile road race and I’ve only had one day off!”

With a career on the snow of more than 15 years, Billy has produced some staggering numbers and memorable moments as America’s best-ever Nordic combined skier. Nordic combined is a rigorous winter sport in which athletes compete in both cross-country skiing and ski jumping.

In addition to his Gold and Silver Medal Performance at the 2010 Olympic Games (where he was elected by his fellow Team USA athletes to be the Flag Bearer at the Closing Ceremony), he is already a four-time Olympian, a 21-time World Cup Medalist (nine of which are gold), a record-setting nine-time U.S. World Team member and an eight-time U.S. National Champion.

An avid cyclist, Billy finished second overall in the High Uinta Classic Stage Race from Kamas, Utah to Evanston, Wyoming.

Watch for Billy to give some exciting reports as a member of Team Ribose. “I’m very excited to utilize the resources of the US Ski Team’s sport science to test and quantify some of the benefits to Bioenergy Ribose for my training and recovery through daily strength and fitness monitoring including isometric push tests, jump power, VO2 max, Lactate Threshold and daily heart rate monitoring,” he says. “I want to use these results to share with other people and athletes the benefits of proper planning and monitoring of training and nutrition.”


Join Team Ribose!

April 29th, 2013
Just taking a breather

The ribose revolution has begun! From the people who make the ribose-fortified foods and beverages that help us keep up with our active lifestyles, to all those who consume these products, we’re all part of an exciting trend. Store shelves will soon be stocked with even more brands that are less reliant on stimulants and more reliant on natural ingredients such as Bioenergy Ribose to help maintain energy, reduce fatigue and recover faster.

Who is Team Ribose? You are! By choosing to consume – or formulate a product with – Bioenergy Ribose, you become a member of our rapidly growing team. Team Ribose members include elite athletes preparing for their next competition, busy parents trying to keep pace with their children’s schedules, business people who have found a way to overcome that afternoon slump, college students needing to stay focused and alert in class, food and beverage manufacturers who add ribose to their delicious formulations, and retailers who make room for ribose-fortified products on their store shelves.

Did you know …

• Patented Bioenergy Ribose is the only ribose that can legally be used in the U.S. for foods, beverages and supplements?! Bioenergy Ribose is the subject of 24 issued and pending patents in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan, China and Australia.

• Under new Food and Drug Administration regulations, every energy drink ingredient must carry a Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) designation. Bioenergy Ribose is the only GRAS ribose and affirmed so by the US FDA. Therefore, if an energy drink contains ribose, it must be Bioenergy Ribose.

Bioenergy Ribose is the same ingredient used in the extensive body of clinical research on which all of the patents – and claims you see on product packaging – are based.

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Energy drinks: The advantages of combining Bioenergy Ribose and caffeine

April 22nd, 2013
Energy drink cans

Are you one of those people who just can’t function until they’ve had their morning cup of coffee? Join the crowd! About 90 percent of Americans consume caffeine daily. In addition to coffee, tea or cola, energy drinks made with caffeine are growing in popularity. So it may surprise you to learn that caffeine does not produce energy. It acts as a stimulant. Here’s why combining ribose and reasonable doses of caffeine may be a logical synergy.

Caffeine stimulates the brain’s cortex, stimulating the body’s ‘fight or flight’ stress response and increasing adrenaline levels. This causes us to temporarily feel more alert, less drowsy and in a better mood. (Who hasn’t known someone who spurns conversation until they’ve finished their first cup of coffee?)

But when caffeine’s effects begin to diminish and those levels of adrenaline decrease (the half-life for caffeine in healthy adults is about five hours), we may start to feel fatigued and possibly even a little depressed. Some of us may try to counteract these feelings by reaching for more caffeine. Consuming too much caffeine may lead to sleep disorders, increased heart rate, as well as feelings of nervousness, headaches, occasional lightheadedness, and the “jitters.” In some cases, it can even exacerbate stress.

This is why Bioenergy Ribose may be an ideal complement to caffeine, and offer a real advantage when included in energy drinks. Ribose enhances ATP recovery following stress without significant adverse effects. It also enhances muscle performance and increases tolerance to stress. Studies have also found that ribose may enhance sleep quality and duration, and may improve vitality, social outlook and mental awareness.

It makes sense that beverage formulas featuring both ingredients should produce the combined benefits of ribose and caffeine, while ribose also helps to mitigate some of caffeine’s less desirable effects. The result may be energy products that give us that boost we crave plus enhanced sports performance, and that are better at reducing the energy drain and other unwanted effects we might feel as the result of a caffeine “crash.”


Sports nutrition vs. Sports performance: How much supplemental ribose does your body need?

April 8th, 2013

Supplemental ribose is used by Olympic athletes, weekend warriors and people who simply need a steadier energy level to keep up with their hectic lifestyles. What’s the “best” ribose dosage? Should a world-class runner strive to get the same amount of ribose as someone training for his first half marathon? As a parent juggling a full-time job plus the schedules of two active kids?

The dosage spectrum

Experts explain that even small amounts of ribose will assist you in recovering and/or maintaining cellular energy. However taking multiple large doses of any supplement – not just ribose – does no good if your body simply does not need it. For example, the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of Vitamin C for adults ranges from 75 mg to 120 mg depending on an individual’s gender and other factors.

For ribose, the daily goal for wellness is to ingest somewhere within the 3-6 gram range. But that doesn’t mean lower doses may not also be effective, depending on your individual circumstances. In fact, many people may benefit from much lower amounts.

How do you use your body’s energy reserves?

You may want to first determine your general category for energy usage:
• Supplementation: You want to take incremental amounts of ribose in an attempt to give your body the ability to maintain a steadier energy level over time.
• Sports nutrition: You may be an amateur athlete or weekend warrior. The way you eat, and the supplements you use including ribose, are chosen to maximize your physical performance.
• Sports performance: You are an athlete competing at the top of your game. You may need larger doses of ribose to sustain the physical exertion you put forth in your training and during competition.

Supplemental ribose guidelines

Now compare your energy requirements with what you may want to try to accomplish with by supplementing with ribose.

  • 250 mg/day:  This is the lower limit of the threshold, stipulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for health claims to be made about ribose. At this level, research indicates that ribose:
    • Speeds energy recovery
    • Replenishes energy reserves
    • Builds ATP in heart and muscles
    • Preserves daily cellular energy levels
    • Regenerates energy


  • 1.5 gm or more/day: At this level of supplementation, research has found that ribose:
    • Helps fight fatigue
    • Increases vitality
    • Makes you feel better
    • Fights fatigue
    • Improves physical performance
    • Increases athletic performance
    • Improves exercise tolerance and physical function
    • Decreases free radical formation during exercise
    • Aids in athletic performance
    • Improves mean power output
    • Helps conserve energy during exercise
    • Improves muscle recovery following exercise
    • Increases cardiac efficiency during exercise
    • Improves endurance


  • 3 gm or more/day: At this level of supplementation, research indicates that ribose:
    • Relieves post-exertional muscle cramping and soreness
    • Reduces muscle cramping and soreness


High-performance athletes may need upwards of 10-15g of supplemental ribose daily depending on their level of exertion and the duration of their exercise.