Five things you should know about ribose

September 30th, 2013
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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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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.


Don’t let stiff, sore muscles sideline you from your favorite activities

June 3rd, 2013
Man waterskiing

This winter seemed to last forever but warmer temperatures have finally arrived! For many of you, that means you finally have a chance to do everything from yard work to water skiing. And when you are doing activities that your body isn’t used to, it can also mean sore, stiff muscles. Here’s how supplementing with Bioenergy Ribose can help you keep moving as you get those muscles back into shape.

Why your muscles get sore

Muscle pain and stiffness are natural responses to new or intense physical activity. The pain may be caused by tiny muscle tears. In the next few weeks, you might get muscle soreness after you:

• Begin planting your spring vegetable and flower gardens

• Launch a new get-in-shape-for-summer fitness regimen

• Do some heavy spring cleaning

• Change up your exercise routine to take advantage of the nicer weather

How to keep doing the activities you enjoy

• Start supplementing with Bioenergy Ribose. Consuming ribose before and immediately after exercise may significantly reduce muscle soreness and fatigue. That’s because ribose is critical to the process that keeps your cells supplied with energy. It helps your muscles to recover faster, which may also increase your stamina so you may be able to work and play longer.

• Vary the muscle groups you’re using. Plan your activities so that you’re not depending exclusively on your arms and shoulders, for example, for long stretches of time.

• Warm up before/stretch after. Warm up before launching into a new type of activity or exercise. That helps to supply your cells with the oxygen they’ll need as you start asking your muscles to do more work. It’s better to save your stretching for after any strenuous activity.

Be mindful of muscle pain that happens during exercise

If you experience muscle pain while planting those tomatoes or bicycling with friends, it may be a sign of a muscle strain. In most cases, traditional R.I.C.E. therapy works well:

• Rest. Resting helps prevent further injury.

• Ice. Cold provides temporary relief by reducing blood flow. Apply crushed ice, a bag of frozen peas or an ice pack to the sore area three times daily, for about 15-20 minutes each time.

• Compression. To limit or reduce swelling, use an ACE or compression bandage. (If the area starts throbbing, you’ve got it wrapped too tightly.)

• Elevation. To manage swelling, raise the injured area above the level of your heart.

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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.


Houston TV viewers learn natural options for boosting energy

April 8th, 2013

Great Day Houston (KHOU TV) viewers enjoyed a valuable segment describing natural, safe alternatives to over-the-counter drugs which may have adverse side effects. For energy, pharmacist Sherry Torkos recommended both green tea and Bioenergy Ribose. She explained that ribose works at a cellular level to help restore energy plus it provides sustained energy. She added that supplemental ribose may also reduce muscle pain and stiffness. Ribose is used by Olympic athletes, people who are serious about fitness, and by others who simply want something that will give them sustained energy.