Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum’s advice for how to die very young, but very late in life

September 9th, 2013
Family Racquetball Game

Best-selling author Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., a board certified internist and nationally known expert in the fields of chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, sleep and pain, has developed his solution for the human energy crisis. In his new book The Fatigue & Fibromyalgia Solution, he continues to support ribose, which he calls a special energy nutrient.

Teitelbaum blames the human energy crisis on several factors, including:

• Approximately half the calories we eat are “empty calories” which have largely been stripped of their vitamins and minerals.

• The average amount of sleep time per night has decreased by 30 percent in the last 130 years

• Thousands of chemicals are being released into the environment, with many disrupting hormone function, including thyroid, estrogen, and testosterone.

• Many people are exercising less while also getting less sunshine.

• Especially important? As we get older, our body’s energy furnaces, called mitochondria, decrease in number and become less effective.

Below is a synopsis of his five simple tips for people who want more energy:

Tip #1 -Feed Your Body: Eat whole foods when it is convenient to do so. Also, take a good multivitamin high in energy producing magnesium and B vitamins, especially B12.

Tip #2 – Use Your Body: Our bodies have a very simple “use it or lose it” approach to efficiency. Wear a simple pedometer and aim to get at least 10,000 steps a day of walking.

Tip #3 – Rest Your Body: The average night’s sleep was nine hours a night 130 years ago before light bulbs. We are now down to a paltry 6 1/2 hours sleep on average. This is like a 1/3 pay cut to your body. Sleep replenishes the body’s energy and heals its muscles.

Tip #4 – Follow Your Bliss: If you are living a life you hate, don’t expect your body to give you abundant energy. Shift your focus to “things that feel good” activities. You’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel and how your energy will increase.

Tip #5 – Power Up With a Special Energy Nutrient! A remarkable step forward is a new energy nutrient, called D-ribose, that can powerfully increase energy production. This results not only in your feeling more vital but in other surprising benefits as well!

Dr. Teitelbaum goes on to explain …

“In looking at energy production, it helps to look at the “energy molecules” such as ATP, NADH, and FADH, which represent the “Energy Currency’ of the body.

In looking at the biochemistry of these energy molecules, they are made of B vitamins, easily obtained in a good multivitamin, and ribose. Ribose is made in the body in the pentose phosphate shunt, and its production is often a rate limiting step in energy production. Because of that, our research team and many others have been studying its benefits.

We have now completed two research studies in over 300 people with very severe forms of fatigue, called CFS and fibromyalgia. These were done at 54 health clinics. The remarkable finding? People showed an average 61% increase in energy after 3 weeks on ribose 5 g 3 times a day. But energy wasn’t the only thing that improved. People also showed a marked improvement in sleep, pain, mental clarity and overall well being.

D-Ribose Accelerates Energy Recovery

D-Ribose (which is what I am referring to when I say ribose) is a simple, five-carbon sugar (known as a pentose by biochemists) that is found naturally in our bodies. But ribose is not like any other sugar. Sugars we are all familiar with are used by the body as fuel. These sugars are consumed and, with the help of the oxygen we breathe, are “burned” by the body to produce energy. Because sugar intake is excessive, it becomes unhealthy. Ribose, on the other hand, is unique, and the body preserves it for the vital work of energy production, as well as in making our genetic material, DNA and RNA.

Two very interesting studies in animals showed how dramatic the effect of ribose could be on energy recovery in fatigued muscle. These studies were conducted by Dr. Ron Terjung, a top muscle physiologists. In their research, Dr. Terjung and his co-investigators found that ribose administration in fatigued muscle increased the rate of energy recovery by 340% to 430%, depending on which type of muscle was tested. He also found that even very small amounts of ribose had the effect of helping the muscle cell preserve energy, a process known as energy salvage, and the higher the ribose dose, the more dramatic the effect on energy preservation.

Especially dramatic is the effect of ribose in Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) and other heart conditions, a major cause of death and debility. I’ve seen people who have been given a “death sentence” by their cardiologist, being told that only have weeks to a few months to live, recover healthy function by using ribose, coenzyme Q 10, magnesium and B vitamins.

Another very appreciated benefit is a marked decrease in muscle pain, one of the most common causes of discomfort. Like a spring, muscles take more energy to relax than to contract. That’s why after overuse your muscles feel tight – not loose. By restoring energy production, our research showed that pain markedly decreased!

We have found the use of ribose to be a major step forward in optimizing health. It is part of my daily regimen and helps me to have abundant energy.”

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!




Do you work out three times a week? Here’s how ribose supplementation might help your muscles recover.

April 15th, 2013
Fitness class

If you’re curious about how supplementing with ribose might benefit you and your workouts, here’s one scenario. A few years ago, researchers in Copenhagen, Denmark looked at how supplemental ribose might affect the rate with which your body rebuilds ATP – the molecule that provides us with the energy to run our bodies – after intermittent high-intensity training sessions. The results of their study were published in the American Journal of Physiology.

During intense exercise, a fraction of the ATP energy pool stored in your muscles degrades. The harder that you work out, the more ATP degrades. While just about every cell in your body makes ATP, muscles are among the slowest at ATP synthesis. Without a sufficient amount of ATP, muscles can get stiff and sore.

In this randomized, double-blind, crossover study, the researchers wanted to know if supplementing with ribose after intense training might speed up the muscles’ ATP-making process. They also wanted to know if the drop in muscles’ ATP levels after that intense training had any impact on performance during the next round of exercise.

The researchers recruited eight healthy men, each around 25 years old, for this study. For seven days, the participants performed two intense cycling training sessions per day, separated by five to seven hours. After the last training session, they received either nine supplementations of Bioenergy Ribose or a placebo. They took the first supplement 10 minutes after the last training session, and supplemented again at each breakfast, lunch and dinner for the next three days.

Five to nine weeks later, they repeated the seven-day process. Only, if they had received ribose the first time, this time they received the placebo – or vice versa.

Using a combination of blood tests and muscle biopsies, the researchers determined that taking Bioenergy ribose after one week of high-intensity training helps the muscles to step up their ATP production. In the ribose group, there were no significant differences in the levels of ATP 72 hours after the last training session compared to pre-training levels. In the placebo group, muscle ATP levels were predictably lower after a week of training. Even with lowered muscle ATP levels among the placebo group, no differences in performance intensity were observed.

What does this mean for you? ATP depletion in your muscles is associated with muscle soreness and stiffness. If your fitness routine is to work out hard three times a week, supplementing with Bioenergy Ribose may help your muscles to regenerate ATP faster, so that your exercise recovery time is shorter.