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 spoonful here, a sprinkle there: How to add Bioenergy Ribose into your routine

December 23rd, 2013
coffee with spoon

It seems that everyone is looking for the best way to maintain energy and help our muscles recover faster from exertion. As you’re reading this, food and beverage formulators are creating recipes that include ribose for finished products that may soon be on a store shelf near you. They include everything from breads and dairy products to cereals, confections and beverages.

Here’s the good news: You can start adding clinically proven, patent-protected Bioenergy Ribose to some of your favorite foods and beverages today. It’s very versatile. It dissolves easily into almost anything. And it’s slightly sweet without any aftertaste.

We surveyed the Bioenergy Life Science team. Here are some of our favorite ways to use Bioenergy Ribose:

• Stir it into your coffee or tea. For those mornings when you know you’ve got a busy day ahead, this will help you to maintain your energy reserves.

• Sprinkle it on your oatmeal or cold cereal. Unlike table sugar, ribose won’t cause your blood glucose levels to spike and then crash yet maintains your energy throughout the day.

• Blend it into your post-workout smoothie or protein drink. Ribose will help to reduce muscle cramping and soreness so that you have an easier time sticking with your fitness routine.

• Mix it into your yogurt. If you find yourself running out of energy mid-morning or mid-afternoon, ribose plus the protein in yogurt combine to help replenish your reserves.

Look for products from innovative manufacturers who have already begun to incorporate ribose into their functional food formulations.

Team Ribose wishes each of you a healthful, prosperous and vigorous New Year!


Why you may need more sustained energy this winter

December 9th, 2013
Man shovelling and removing snow from his car during a snow storm.

Winter days may be shorter but your need for energy reserves may be greater this time of year. All the more reason to add Bioenergy Ribose to your daily routine. Consider someone who is living in a snowy climate. Winter often means having to dig out of a snow-covered driveway in the morning before fighting rush hour traffic to spend another eight hours at work. Even those who live in sunny Southern California often like to escape to the mountains this time of year for some weekend downhill skiing.

When you’re more active than usual, it makes sense to pay closer attention to how you are maintaining your energy levels. Ribose is a safe, natural and clinically proven way to restore and sustain energy. We all want fewer energy slumps during this busy season, right?

Here are some other ways your body needs extra energy this month. Chances are good that you’re doing more:

• Standing in line at the mall

• Extra trips to the supermarket

• Cooking holiday meals

• Sprucing up the house by heavy cleaning or moving furniture around before out-of-town family arrives

Bioenergy Ribose increases your energy reserves, so you’ll be ready for just about anything this season, from the dash into the store for a last-minute gift to joining a friend on a brisk weekend hike. Plus if you’re using muscles you haven’t used in a while, ribose will help them to recover faster so you’ll spend less time being sore and more time having fun.

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Too sore to work out?

August 26th, 2013
sore muscles

Whether you are just starting a fitness program, or you’ve decided to step it up a few notches, that old phrase “no pain, no gain” doesn’t fly if you’re too sore to move off the couch. Muscle stiffness and pain can keep you from meeting your fitness goals. You probably don’t want to rest for days at a time while your muscles recover from the exertion. Take a tip from professional athletes: try using Bioenergy Ribose to speed up your muscle recovery time.

While some people like that stiff, sore feeling because they think it means they accomplished something, most of us could do without the pain. Olympic and World Cup triathletes Greg and Laura Bennett work out for a living. They are always trying to train harder, and often deal with muscle stiffness and soreness. Their secrets for faster muscle recovery include:

Epsom salt baths. Laura Bennett starts many mornings with an Epsom salt bath to help warm up her muscles. Epsom salts are a combination of magnesium and sulfate, and have been used for generations for their soothing properties.

• Bioenergy Ribose. The Bennetts add Bioenergy Ribose to their morning coffee and take it again before bed each night. Energy recovery and tissue repair are slower in your muscle cells, especially when your energy stores have been depleted. By driving the process that replenishes ATP and other energy components in these cells, ribose helps to shorten recovery time, and to reduce cramping and soreness.

• Light stretches. It only takes about five minutes to increase the nourishing blood flow into your muscles.

• Massages. Massages help to work out the kinks and improve blood flow. There are more than 80 different types of massage styles, so it’s important to talk with the massage therapist about the type of muscle pain you are experiencing, your goals for the massage, and how frequently you might need one. Deep tissue and sports massages are two versions that might be beneficial for exercise-related muscle pain and stiffness.

Here are two more incentives to add Bioenergy Ribose to your daily regimen. Did you know that “delayed onset muscle soreness” – those aches that sometimes don’t show up for a day or two after exertion – is partially caused by energy deprivation? Ribose supplementation can help diminish this common cause of post-workout pain and stiffness.

And, by shortening muscle recovery time and helping you to maintain a higher energy level, you’ll be more apt to stay active. Regular exercise will help to reduce future muscle strains and injuries. That’s how ribose can lead to fitness gains with much less pain!

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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.

Bioenergy Ribose can be found in supplement form, as well as in beverages and bars. Join the discussions by following us on Twitter and liking our Facebook page.