Sweet simplicity: Bioenergy Ribose may be poised to become the next big energy product ingredient

May 5th, 2014
Mature man drinking energy drink during a break at gym

The public has become very savvy about the advantages and disadvantages of energy products, particularly those containing high amounts of caffeine and/or sugar. Food and beverage manufacturers are increasingly looking to Bioenergy Ribose as either an additive or an alternative. D-Ribose answers consumer demand for a safe, natural source of sustained energy, with fewer crashes plus other added benefits such as reduced muscle soreness and faster muscle recovery time.

“The market for natural energy products continues to grow at a very healthy rate,” comments Michael Crabtree, CPT/CSCS, ISSN, CISSN, technical sales manager for Bioenergy Life Science. “We’re seeing an increased interest in Bioenergy Ribose because it is a safe and natural functional ingredient that works to help people feel better and more energetic.”

Crabtree adds that the benefit of products formulated with natural ingredients is really very simple. “Logically, the products formulated with natural ingredients, or that adhere to processes that more closely emulate those found in nature are better for consumers,” he says. “This brings D-Ribose to the forefront of sweetener technology. Carbohydrates that are produced naturally in the body, as opposed to the synthetic chemical sweeteners, and that also further their benefit by adding additional functional qualities are of great use to formulators looking to accomplish multiple things simultaneously.”

Recent research has shown that blends of energy products may give people the greatest benefits, because they help them to achieve energy equilibrium. Those studies that Bioenergy Life Science has competed are finding promising correlations between stimulants and natural functional ingredients. “The goal is not to remove stimulants from products,” says Crabtree, “but to balance their physiological effect. Ingredients such as Ribose act synergistically by enhancing an increase in cellular energy without contributing to undesirable effects including additional dehydration, or the ever-dreaded crash. The data shows that it is possible to create products that are balanced and therefore safer.”

Crabtree predicts that consumers may soon see “hybrid” products on store shelves: those that have both functional and supplemental benefits. “If multiple benefits are achieved through a single product it has an immediate market advantage. Examples might be an energy drink that is both satisfying and provides nutrient delivery, or a mint that both freshens breath and provides stimulation prior to exercise. They provide consumers with multi-faceted benefits without the need for multiple purchases.”

 

Team Ribose’s Billy Demong reflects on his Olympics experience

April 28th, 2014
Billy Demong Bioenergy Ribose Olympics

What’s it like to train for the Winter Olympics? To compete as part of Team USA? Team Ribose member Billy Demong traveled to Sochi, Russia to represent the U.S. in the Nordic Combined events. He recently told Bioenergy Ribose about his experience.

“Being at the Olympics is not only a life goal, but it is a rare time in an athlete’s life where you get to prioritize feeling good,” he said. “The training is over. The peak has been attained. It is really about doing the little things each and every day that allow you to be and feel your very best.”

The Nordic Combined Team, along with the U.S Alpine Ski Team and the U.S. Snowboard Team, stayed at a hotel near the ski jumps. “We were a little spoiled. We had chefs from the U.S. Committee cooking for us, and a gym filled with everything we could want for a work out.”

But surprisingly, Demong did not spend most of his time training. “I trained a minimal amount in order to stay in peak condition. While that was less than two hours per day, nearly half of the training I did in Sochi was at maximal intensity. I spent a great deal of time doing contrast baths (hot/cold), stretching and relaxing. I know that sounds crazy, but at that level you are really trying to allow the years of training to reach the highest pinnacle by backing off.”

Demong’s preparation also extended to his diet. “I made very sure to stick to my nutritional routine. I took my full dose of Bioenergy Ribose, Beta-Alanine and other supplements to ensure I would not miss anything on race day. I have found that D-Ribose reduces my training fatigue and has really helped me gain an even keel in day-to-day recovery. That was certainly true at the Olympics. I felt my very best, I raced well and had I jumped a bit farther I know I would have been in podium contention.”

He explained why this consistency is important. “That’s the tough part of combined events, one discipline can set you up or take you out for another. Especially being in an outdoor sport like Nordic Combined, I have become used to (as much as one can) the reality that wind, snow, rain or another extraneous factor can severely influence performance. That’s why I choose to focus on the variables I can control, whether it be training, nutrition, equipment or something else.

“I know that I can bring my A-game on any day with the help of tried-and-true mental and physical routines. From experience, I know that the difference between 1st and 30th is far closer than what results will ever show.”

For Demong the highlight of the Olympics, in lieu of a medal, was spending time with his family. “The experiences of chasing my son around Russia, and enjoying dinner out with my wife, parents and sister, were really special. Having previously won a gold medal, I can honestly say two things:

1. I would change nothing about how I prepared. I felt amazing on competition day, and I know that mentally and physically I was in the right place.

2. Jumping on the bed with my son, Liam, after a disappointing finish felt nearly as good as winning and reminded me of what is truly important.

Bioenergy Ribose is proud of how Billy Demong represented the U.S. during the 2014 Winter Olympics. We look forward to cheering him on during his next round of competitions.

 

NBC morning show segment features natural energy-boosting tips

April 22nd, 2014
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If you’re tired, reaching for Bioenergy Ribose is a safe and effective way to boost your energy levels. Holistic pharmacist Sherry Torkos cautioned Tampa Daytime viewers that some energy drinks are loaded with caffeine and sugar. “They might spike your energy levels temporarily, but then you crash later,” she said. D-ribose, which is used by several Olympic and world-class athletes, “helps to improve energy levels, endurance [and] performance” for anyone trying to exercise or work through a busy day. Torkos added, “It helps to reduce … muscle soreness, fatigue and give you that sustained energy.” Ribose is made by every cell in the body, but it can be used up quickly when your body needs energy. Because significant ribose concentrations are not found in any foods, Torkos suggested that viewers look for Bioenergy Ribose in supplement form.

New study shows ribose plus caffeine may be superior at fighting fatigue.

December 17th, 2013
coffee and snacks

Most people don’t reach for energy drinks unless they are drowsy and have exhausted their energy reserves. Others depend on a candy bar to get them past their mid-afternoon energy slumps. While we know that caffeine, ribose and glucose provide energy benefits, Bioenergy Life Science researchers recently became the first team to test these ingredients using a fatigue model. The goal was to assist product formulators by determining the best possible ingredient synergies. The exciting results may lead to changes in the ingredient ratios used in energy products.

“In previous studies, the effects of these ingredients were evaluated on people under normal conditions,” explained Alex Xue, Ph.D., executive VP & chief technology officer, Bioenergy Life Science. “What made this fatigue model experiment different was that it showed us what happens when you give caffeine and/or ribose to subjects who are already fatigued and have used up their energy reserves. That’s relevant because it is a more real-world example of how these products are used.”

How the study was conducted

For this study, researchers used a standard mice fatigue model. Previous research has shown that ribose and caffeine have similar impacts on mice and humans.

For three days prior to the start of the experiment, mice swam to the point of exhaustion so that their energy reserves were low. During the actual experiment, the mice swam in the morning and afternoon for three days. On the third day, their swimming time dropped more than 20 percent compared to their baseline average over the first two days.

On day four, the mice were fed their normal diet plus one of four treatments. Then their endurance was once again tested by how long they were able to swim. The results:

Glucose only: Swimming time returned to about the same as their normal baseline average (100 percent).

Caffeine only: Swimming time dropped, and became worse than baseline.

Ribose only: Swimming time improved to 135 percent.

50/50 ribose and caffeine combination: Swimming time improved by 150 percent.

“In the second stage, we used different ribose/caffeine concentrations. We determined that the optimal combination – when translated into human equivalents – is 10mg/kg caffeine plus 4 grams of ribose. With this combination, we could boost swimming time to 180 percent! Though this is the optimal combination, it should be noted that lower doses of ribose also improve the swimming time,” says Xue. He added, “When the caffeine concentration was higher, the effect was negative. This could be because we were providing too much stimulant (caffeine) without base energy (ribose) to fill the order. This makes sense because we know that ribose helps the heart to relax, and a relaxed heart can function more efficiently. Caffeine, on the other hand, can make the heart more exhausted because it causes the heart rate to become quick and shallow.” Bioenergy Ribose was used in this experiment.

Xue says that human clinical studies will be conducted to further verify these findings.

 

Bioenergy Ribose: Your answer for a fatigued nation

December 3rd, 2013
Mature man sitting in the garden yawning

Last week, we mentioned that we received enthusiastic feedback from SupplySide West attendees about results of a new ribose/caffeine study. We’re confident that when this information becomes better known, the demand for Bioenergy Ribose will skyrocket among product formulators as well as consumers looking for more effective energy product alternatives.

But just how easy is it to formulate with Bioenergy Ribose? It’s simple!

• It tastes good!

• It acts like sugar in a food system, and is a monosaccharide and a reducing sugar in food.

• It is easily soluble and dissolves in most food systems.

• It is stable in most pHs common in food, ranging through acid, neutral and alkaline.

• It participates in the browning or maillard reaction in food systems, especially upon heating.

• It is compatible with other sugars, carbohydrates and sweeteners in formulations.

• It is compatible in protein-based systems.

• It is compatible with chocolates.

Bioenergy Ribose presents food and beverage manufacturers with a broad spectrum of opportunities. Bioenergy Ribose is an all-natural substance, with a slightly sweet taste, allowing for easy incorporation into the formulations of a variety of nutritional food and beverage products.

Bioenergy Ribose has undergone extensive clinical testing, and has been proven effective as a functional ingredient by providing:

• Faster energy recovery

• Increasing energy reserves

• Building ATP in skeletal and cardiac tissue

• Maintaining healthy energy levels in heart and muscle

• Regenerating energy

Bioenergy Ribose has been clinically evaluated in numerous areas, including sports nutrition and cardiovascular health. For a complete list of published clinical studies on Bioenergy Ribose, visit

www.bioenergyribose.com/the-science/clinical-studies/additional-studies.

 

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