Bioenergy Ribose featured in Muscle & Fitness magazine article

January 20th, 2014
Playing in the park

When board-certified nutritionist and nationally known fitness expert Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., CNS, was asked to write an article advising readers how to get more energy, he made sure to include Bioenergy Ribose. In his article “Simple Steps to Power Up Your Energy Reserves”, Bowden explains that, “Ribose is not like rollover minutes. You can’t store it up. If you’re doing something strenuous that requires a lot of exertion, you’ll need a lot of it, maybe more than your body can churn out right away.”

Bowden, the best-selling author of 14 books on health, healing, food and longevity, added that, “Bioenergy Ribose is an ideal supplement to take. I play tennis 8-9 times a week, without a day to relax and re-boot. I need to keep my ribose storehouse constantly replenished, so it is an important part of my supplement program.”

Bowden’s helpful tips for getting all-day energy also included limiting processed carbs, which he calls energy drainers, and replacing those foods with more nutritious alternatives such as string cheese with an apple before a workout, and a whey protein shake for post-workout recovery.

He concluded: “When you sleep well, you make smarter nutritional decisions. If you also add D-Ribose into the mix, your tired muscles will recover faster so you can exercise even more. More exercise means sleeping better at night and having more energy throughout the next day. It’s that simple.”

 

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!

 

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.

 

Olympic athlete offers five Thanksgiving survival strategies

November 26th, 2013
Susan Francia

The holidays are a challenging time to stay in shape. It’s easy to over-indulge, and lose your motivation to work out. So we asked Team Ribose member Susan Francia, 2008/2012 Olympic Gold Medalist and 2010 US Rowing Athlete of the Year, for her nutritional training tips. Here’s how she suggests finding balance this holiday season.

1. Set athletic goals for yourself. “This can include running in a fun 5k turkey trot on Thanksgiving day, participating in a local run during December, or even setting up a bike race among family members. Having a goal will help motivate you to keep working out.”

2. Exercise before big meals and then promptly the next morning. “If you have even a little window of time, take advantage of it! This will keep your metabolism going and help you digest. Even if you’re feeling a bit sluggish the next morning, just start exercising and it will get better. Fun family activities the next day will help. Play a game of basketball or go for a group hike in the mountains. It’s much easier to be motivated when you have friends and family around you!”

3. Check your weight before, during and after the holidays. “This includes ‘big meal’ times such as Thanksgiving, and holiday parties and dinners. Try to not let the number fluctuate too much. Moderating portion sizes and eating your normal amount of food (not everything in sight) will help you from overeating and gaining weight. It is okay to leave food on your plate.”

4. Don’t wait until January to make resolutions. “Start getting fitter now!”

5. Stick to your routine. “If you decide that you will go to the gym two times a week and run three times a week, write it on a calendar and stick to your plan. Seeing the reminder will help you be more. Stop finding excuses!”

 

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