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.”

 

Five things you should know about ribose

September 30th, 2013
Gymnastics pilates

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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What foods are naturally rich in ribose?

September 25th, 2013
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For sustained energy levels and improved exercise recovery, here’s why it’s important to either supplement your diet with Bioenergy Ribose or choose foods and beverages fortified with ribose.

Ribose is a naturally occurring substance that is made in our cells. Unlike the lycopene in tomatoes, or the resveratrol found in red grapes, significant concentrations of ribose are not found in any foods. When our supply of ATP – the starting point for all cellular energy – is depleted through such things as strenuous exercise or stress, the only way to boost your ribose levels is by supplementation.

Eating a typical candy bar won’t do the trick. Whereas most sugars (fructose, sucrose and glucose) only fuel energy turnover, Bioenergy Ribose drives energy maintenance and recovery by actually making energy compounds and keeping them in muscle cells.

The good news is that ribose is already popular in an array of beverages, snacks (including chocolate bars) and supplements, a trend that industry insiders say is expected to grow. Even though it is sweet, you can consume it with the confidence of knowing that it will not raise your blood sugar. It also reduces the need to use other types of sugars in food and beverage formulations.

You’ll be able to spot products made with 250 mg or more of Bioenergy Ribose per serving by the extra functional claims they make on their packaging, which are supported by extensive clinical testing. These include:

• Speeds energy recovery

• Increases energy reserves

• Rebuilds ATP when depleted in heart and muscle tissue

• Maintains healthy energy levels in heart and muscle tissue

• Regenerates energy

• Reduces onset of muscle cramping and soreness

Patented Bioenergy Ribose is FDA GRAS affirmed, Kosher- and Halal-certified, allergen-free and non-GMO.

 

Look who’s talking about Bioenergy Ribose and energy

August 5th, 2013
NPI

Americans are craving better energy solutions, and the industry is buzzing about Bioenergy Ribose’s emerging importance in this category. Two leading industry publications – Natural Products Insider and Prepared Foods – both featured Bioenergy Ribose prominently in July. Authors at both publications were focused on studies that indicate ribose has the ability to help restore energy to muscles after intense workouts.

Natural Products Insider: Special Edition

This was a unique, digital edition of this well-read industry publication. In her Viewpoint column, Editor-in-Chief Sandy Almendarez commented, “I also keep a few supplements in my routine that give me that extra oopmh. Ribose and maca are my current favorites.”

The feature article by Pete Croatto, Get Up and Go: Energizing supplements are keeping consumers active through their busy days, is (excuse the pun) eye-opening. Croatto reports that according to SPINS, “sales of vitamins and supplements marketed for energy support tallied nearly USD $700 million in natural and conventional outlets for the 52 weeks ending May 11, 2013.

Croatto highlighted the expanding body of evidence supporting the effectiveness of ribose, explaining that: “The naturally occurring pentose sugar provides a key building block for producing the “energy molecule” adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in every cell.” He further explained that researchers have associated supplementation with D-ribose with enhanced recovery of high-energy phosphates as well as heart/skeletal muscle ATP following high-intensity exercise; reduction in free radical formation; and modulation of the production of oxygen free radicals during and following exercise which results in less inflammation.

Prepared Foods

Mark Anthony, PhD included ribose in his article entitled The Next Generation of Nutraceuticals. After explaining that the body’s stores of ATP are very limited, he writes about the evidence suggesting that “ATP-depleted muscles respond favorably to ribose supplementation that can help muscle cells recover from stress by supplying the base carbohydrate for ATP synthesis.” He adds that ribose may … increase “the power of heart muscles contractions that send blood to its destination.”

The inclusion of ribose in both of these feature articles about the exciting trends in energy ingredients is further confirmation that we are on the cusp of something big. Bioenergy Ribose is also versatile, lending itself to many different food and beverage applications. For example, it is Kosher- and Halal-certified, allergen-free and non-GMO. It is simple to incorporate, and blends easily with other ingredients and flavors, and may be an ideal complement to caffeine. Contact us for more information about formulating with Bioenergy Ribose.

 

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

April 8th, 2013
sport

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.