Look who’s talking about Bioenergy Ribose and energy

August 5th, 2013

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.


Here’s why you’re going to see more products containing Bioenergy Ribose

June 17th, 2013
woman checking out food label

Growing numbers of consumers report that fatigue and the drain of everyday life are general problems in their lives. They want more natural, more prolonged and more sustainable energy, rather than energy stimulants, which can cause an eventual crash. Bioenergy Ribose may be an ideal complement to caffeine. The advantage to energy drinks that contain both ingredients is that caffeine decreases fatigue, increases alertness and elevates mood while ribose helps make energy and higher sports performance

Bioenergy Ribose, which has a slightly sweet taste and no bitter aftertaste, is more than just another type of sugar. Unlike most sugars (fructose, sucrose and glucose) which only fuel energy turnover, Bioenergy Ribose drives energy maintenance and recovery by actually making energy compounds and keeping them in muscle cells. It also has a negative glycemic index and, unlike most sugars, does not generally raise blood sugar levels.

Functional food and beverage manufacturers are sitting up and taking notice. Because it is simple to incorporate, and blends easily with other ingredients and flavors, watch for Bioenergy Ribose to appear in a very wide variety of products including:

• Breakfast cereals and bars

• Snack and meal-replacement bars

• Baked goods (cookies, brownies and muffins)

• Fruit chews and roll-ups

• Dairy items (yogurt, pudding and milk shakes)

• Chocolates and confections

• Energy drinks and shots

• Protein shakes

• Rehydration drinks

• Flavored/fortified waters

• Powdered beverage mixes

• Teas and coffees

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

Oh, and one more bonus to using Bioenergy Ribose? It reduces the need to use other types of sugars in food and beverage formulations.


Home & Family viewers learn how ribose helps restore energy

June 12th, 2013

Cristina Ferrare and Mark Steines, hosts of Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family show, welcomed guest Jonny Bowden to describe the benefits of supplementing their diets with Bioenergy Ribose. The Rogue Nutritionist explains that ribose is the foundation of ATP, the energy producing molecule. Every muscle in our body benefits from increased stores of ATP, especially the heart which never gets a vacation. He recommends Bioenergy Ribose to his athletes as supplemental ribose may also help counter muscle stiffness and pain.

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.”


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.