We’re quenching thirsts and re-energizing IFT 2014 attendees

June 23rd, 2014
IFT 2014, Billy Demong, Bioenergy Ribose

The Bioenergy Life Science booth #3257 at IFT 2014 in New Orleans is bustling with activity! Thirsty attendees are quenching their thirst, and re-booting their energy levels, with four flavors of Titan Tea by Chill Brands, LLC, made with three grams of Bioenergy Ribose per serving.

Most are also succumbing to our array of tempting treats made with ribose including big hits: Good Cacao’s Energy (coconut) and Zipp Foods’ Peak Energy tablets.

Our Team Ribose athletes – Greg Bennett, Laura Bennett and Billy Demong, are doing an excellent job of explaining to visitors exactly how ribose has safely benefited their daily routines, giving them sustainable energy and helping with their muscle recovery.

They also report having a blast during the IFTSA Fun Run & Walk in Audubon Park, where they finished strong! Bioenergy Life Science is proud to have again sponsored this event, which raised a record-breaking $107,000 for Feeding Tomorrow undergraduate and graduate food science scholarships.

 

Olympian Susan Francia shares her best tips for sore muscles

June 16th, 2014
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Even athletes in peak condition can get sore muscles. And while a little muscle pain is normal, especially if you are just starting a new sport or fitness program, you don’t want that stiffness and soreness to interfere with your progress.

We asked Team Ribose member and five-time world champion rower Susan Francia, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, to share her best tips for coping with sore muscles. “I try to prevent sore muscles by stretching before and after workouts,” she says. Stretching helps to warm up muscles and increases your limberness which may help to prevent soft tissue injuries.

Francia also recommends doing focus work on the muscles you use most often during exercise. “For example, I work the small muscles used for rowing, and try to do extra core work,” she explains. If you are not currently working with a trainer, do some research to learn which muscles may need more attention because of your workout routine. Also, pay attention to proper form and proper-fitting equipment (such as shoes, bicycle, etc.) because both of those are factors that can lead to sore muscles as well as injuries.

Another proactive tip in Francia’s strategy is to take Bioenergy Ribose immediately after her hard workouts. “That way, my body can start recovering as soon as I’m done. And, I can feel better energized for the next workout.” Bioenergy Ribose has been shown to significantly improve endurance during strenuous exercise, shorten recovery time, reduce cramping and soreness, and reduce fatigue in people suffering from energy depletion.

What should you try once you do notice sore muscles? “I like to take soothing Epsom salt baths,” says Francia, “or get a deep-tissue massage.” Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) have been used for centuries to help to reduce muscle inflammation.

A passion for fitness: Team Ribose triathlete Greg Bennett reveals endurance tips for each decade of your life

May 19th, 2014
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Olympic triathlete Greg Bennett has said that taking Bioenergy Ribose gives him the energy and quick recovery he needs to keep up with athletes half is age. His is an inspiring career, and in part one of this interview with Bioenergy Life Science (BLS), he shares more advice for staying in good shape throughout each stage of your life.

BLS: Why were you so excited to talk about fitness, and the physical changes as we age?

GB: I was anxious because most people talking about ‘ages and stages” begin by discussing worn-out joints and the like. I want to start with the one thing that I believe leaves us first as we age. That thing is Passion. Once the passion to keep the routine, to do the work and be excited about the performance leaves us, everything else will also leave.

BLS: How has passion factored into your successes?

GB: Keeping the passion alive is critical to keeping the body performing physically, mentally and emotionally at its best. Finding a passion, and fueling that passion constantly will make the physical changes to the body as you age much easier to manage. Passion is the one thing that I believe separates me from all the other aging athletes. I’m a 42-year-old professional triathlete, competing for my 29th year in Triathlon, 21 of those years as a professional. I am still winning major events. I’ve had to adjust my training as I age, but this adjustment has never been difficult so long as the flame is still alight.

BLS: What’s one of the biggest misconceptions about how our bodies respond to training as we age?

GB: I’ve often laughed when I’ve heard someone say, “I’ve finally figured out the right training routine.” I laugh, because they have figured the right training routine for today. One month, six months, a year or two from now, the body will not respond the same way it did when we were younger. We are always changing. The decisions we made yesterday will always effect today and tomorrow.

BLS: What should people in their 20s understand about training and endurance?

GB: The body is still making changes after the teenage years. Strength, power and speed all come pretty easily. The body recovers quickly, ready to take on the next day again and again. The aerobic engine builds and the body becomes more efficient at the movement patterns that are being constantly trained into it. Injuries still happen, but the body’s ability to recover quickly in its 20s allows us to get going with less time on the sidelines.

BLS: What happens once you hit your thirties?

GB: I call this time the “Golden 30s”. In an endurance sport like triathlon, the 30s are the golden age for peak performance, so long as you keep the passion alive. The body is still fast, strong and powerful. But now we add more efficiency of movement and the aerobic engine is far more developed. Looking back at my career, my 30s were when I had my greatest successes: Winning the World Triathlon series twice in my early 30s, the world’s richest triathlon series purse three times in my mid-30s, and the world’s richest one-day prize purse at 39. Obviously this doesn’t just happen. I believe I’ve trained harder than anyone else on the planet. I’ve backed up this training with loads of recovery work. (Massage three to four times a week, chiropractors once a week, and loads of time using foam rollers etc.) And of course, Bioenergy Ribose to help speed muscle recovery. Most importantly, I’ve kept my passion alive.

 

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

May 5th, 2014
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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.

 

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