Five things you should know about ribose

September 30th, 2013
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Autumn is a busy time here at Bioenergy Life Science. We are gearing up for some major industry events, preparing to announce something new for anyone interested in how ribose can help with energy maintenance and muscle recovery, and our Team Ribose athletes are stepping up their training in anticipation of the Olympics and other world games.

Now is a good time to reflect on five things we’d like you to know about ribose, whether you are a food and beverage formulator who is interested in including Bioenergy Ribose in your products, an athlete looking to add ribose to your training arsenal, or simply someone who wants to understand how ribose might be able to satisfy your energy needs.

1. Ribose is natural. Every cell in our body makes ribose. Ribose is the rate-limiting compound in the production of energy compounds called Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP), which are like fuel for our cells. ATP provides us with the energy to run our bodies. It releases energy much like burning wood releases heat (energy) as its carbon bonds break. Our bodies are great at recycling. Each ATP molecule in our bodies gets used up and regenerated about 10,000 times a day.

2. Supplementing with ribose may help you reach your fitness goals. If your body is rapidly using your stores of ATP (for instance when you go for a jog or shovel snow) and it doesn’t have enough ribose on hand to replenish its energy compounds, then it’s got to make them another way. That alternative process can be slow, and it may even result in an unhealthy accumulation of toxic molecules.

Meanwhile, as you wait for your body to create more ATP, you will still be in a recovery mode. That’s why you may still feel sluggish, stiff or sore even after you’ve rested for a while. Some cells make ribose quickly. Others – including cells in your heart and muscles – make it very slowly because they are designed to preserve glucose. But when you supplement with ribose, your body will be able to quickly rebuild the depleted ATP and you’ll recover from exercise much faster. You also won’t fatigue as quickly, so you may be able to train longer and harder.

3. Bioenergy Ribose is the only ribose that is affirmed Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). By using Bioenergy Ribose, you will have the benefit of using the world’s premier distributor of D-Ribose while also ensuring that it is not considered “adulterated” for failure to comply with the U.S. FDA.

4. Bioenergy Ribose is patented. Any product containing ribose and designed for increasing or replenishing energy, alleviating soreness or cramping, building lean muscle mass, improving athletic performance or any other application covered by our patent portfolio, must contain only Bioenergy Ribose.

5. Ribose helps lower the glycemic load. Sure it tastes sweet, but it won’t cause blood sugar spikes.

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Too sore to work out?

August 26th, 2013
sore muscles

Whether you are just starting a fitness program, or you’ve decided to step it up a few notches, that old phrase “no pain, no gain” doesn’t fly if you’re too sore to move off the couch. Muscle stiffness and pain can keep you from meeting your fitness goals. You probably don’t want to rest for days at a time while your muscles recover from the exertion. Take a tip from professional athletes: try using Bioenergy Ribose to speed up your muscle recovery time.

While some people like that stiff, sore feeling because they think it means they accomplished something, most of us could do without the pain. Olympic and World Cup triathletes Greg and Laura Bennett work out for a living. They are always trying to train harder, and often deal with muscle stiffness and soreness. Their secrets for faster muscle recovery include:

Epsom salt baths. Laura Bennett starts many mornings with an Epsom salt bath to help warm up her muscles. Epsom salts are a combination of magnesium and sulfate, and have been used for generations for their soothing properties.

• Bioenergy Ribose. The Bennetts add Bioenergy Ribose to their morning coffee and take it again before bed each night. Energy recovery and tissue repair are slower in your muscle cells, especially when your energy stores have been depleted. By driving the process that replenishes ATP and other energy components in these cells, ribose helps to shorten recovery time, and to reduce cramping and soreness.

• Light stretches. It only takes about five minutes to increase the nourishing blood flow into your muscles.

• Massages. Massages help to work out the kinks and improve blood flow. There are more than 80 different types of massage styles, so it’s important to talk with the massage therapist about the type of muscle pain you are experiencing, your goals for the massage, and how frequently you might need one. Deep tissue and sports massages are two versions that might be beneficial for exercise-related muscle pain and stiffness.

Here are two more incentives to add Bioenergy Ribose to your daily regimen. Did you know that “delayed onset muscle soreness” – those aches that sometimes don’t show up for a day or two after exertion – is partially caused by energy deprivation? Ribose supplementation can help diminish this common cause of post-workout pain and stiffness.

And, by shortening muscle recovery time and helping you to maintain a higher energy level, you’ll be more apt to stay active. Regular exercise will help to reduce future muscle strains and injuries. That’s how ribose can lead to fitness gains with much less pain!

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Here’s help for fatigued baby boomers

July 22nd, 2013
tired fitness woman

So tired that you feel as if you need to push yourself to keep going? Feeling drained even first thing in the morning? Fatigue is a common complaint, especially among baby boomers. Bioenergy Ribose has been shown to help people suffering from debilitating heart disease to overcome fatigue. It makes sense that it can also help healthy people with their energy levels.

A randomized, placebo-controlled study completed in 2010 supports this idea. Twenty baby boomers (ages 50-65), who complained of persistent fatigue but who had no known cardiovascular, pulmonary or metabolic disease, were given either 6 grams of Bioenergy Ribose daily (3-gram doses twice daily) or a placebo.

After just two weeks, the Bioenergy Ribose group experienced new energy and greater exercise tolerance, as measured by:

Oxygen uptake (VO2): A measure of aerobic fitness.

Net energy expenditure: The caloric expenditure and amount of energy consumed from both carbs and fats. The higher your net energy expenditure, the more exercise you can do and the less oxygen you need to do it.

Heart rate to metabolic equivalents (METS) ratio: How hard the heart has to work relative to oxygen consumption. A low number means the heart is more efficient at delivering oxygen to muscles. Getting more oxygen to muscles is what overcoming fatigue is all about.

Supplementing with Bioenergy Ribose may be what you need to get more energy so that you might overcome fatigue, get more exercise and to improve the quality of your life.

Other factors that might affect your energy level:

Not getting consistent, quality sleep every night: Sleep may become a challenge as you get older. Creating a cool, quiet and dark sleep environment; going to bed the same time each night; and sleeping on quality bedding may all help.

Dehydration: Even mild dehydration can make you feel tired. Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day.

Lack of exercise: It may seem counter-intuitive, but studies have shown that mild exercise helps to increase energy levels. The next time you feel like taking a nap, try going for a walk instead.

Instead of feeling exhausted, start enjoying more of this vibrant time of your life!




Where in the world is Team Ribose?

July 2nd, 2013
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Our Team Ribose members are traveling the world! Just as many of us, including elite triathletes Greg and Laura Bennett, gather in Chicago for the Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting and Food Expo, rowing champion Susan Francia will be competing as one of the favorites in the Samsung World Rowing Cup III in Lucerne, Switzerland! Susan won gold and set a world record (5:54.17) in the heat in the eight at the 2012 Samsung World Rowing Cup II. We know she’ll have a remarkable showing in this year’s event. Good luck Susan! We are rooting for you!

Meanwhile, our newestTeam Ribose member Billy Demong will be in the midst of a challenging three-week trip that includes an annual race in Steamboat Springs, CO followed by a ski jumping camp in the Black Forest of Germany. He will then travel to France where he will ride in the Alps for as many as seven hours a day, which follows the Tour de France for several stages.

Team Ribose will also be represented during next month’s Fi South America, taking place in sunny Sao Paulo, Brazil. Bioenergy Life Science Sales Manager Michael Crabtree will be in attendance with our parent company Chengzhi Life Science booth #S57. Fi South America and Hi 013 are expected to attract more than 11,000 food professionals from more than 50 countries. We look forward to meeting with many of our international customers, and building stronger partnerships with our distributors during this event.

Just as Bioenergy Ribose helps everyone from elite athletes to busy moms and 9-to-5’ers maintain their energy, the industry side of the equation is also sustaining strong momentum. There is strong and growing interest in formulating with Bioenergy Ribose because it delivers what the public is seeking: faster energy recovery and better energy reserves without crashes, jitters and other undesirable side effects.

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Bioenergy Ribose may reduce your muscle recovery time

June 11th, 2013
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Have your muscles ever felt “rubbery” after an intense workout? Maybe your legs felt weak and shaky while you were in the midst of a strenuous home improvement project, or after a particularly long jog. That could be your muscles telling you that they are fatigued and need some recovery time. After exercise, your body needs time to normalize your blood pressure, body temperature and blood flow into your muscles. It must also replenish your cellular energy (ATP).

The faster you recover, the harder and longer you may be able to work your muscles without the risk of overtraining. Good hydration and proper nutrition are essential to the recovery process. Bioenergy Ribose also helps to speed muscle tissue recovery after exercise in some important ways:

• If there’s sufficient ribose present in cells or circulating blood, it helps to preserve existing energy compounds in your cells.

• Ribose accelerates energy synthesis. It helps to keep your ATP energy stores more fully stocked.

Ribose can’t be built up in your tissues, or stored in your bloodstream for long periods of time. To get the most benefit, supplement with Bioenergy Ribose immediately before and after exercising.

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