You ask, we answer: Your questions about Bioenergy Ribose

May 20th, 2013
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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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