It’s Delightful, It’s Delicious, It’s D-Ribose


I started taking D-Ribose 2 weeks ago. (I wasn’t able to find it anywhere near me so I buy it online from iHerb.com.) My capsules have 4 250mg of D-Ribose so I thought I should be feeling fabulous.

In a study by Dr Jacob Teitelbaum, D-Ribose treatment led to improvements in all categories:

  • 61.3-percent increase in energy
  • 37-percent increase in overall well-being
  • 29.3-percent improvement in sleep
  • 30-percent improvement in mental clarity
  • 15.6-percent decrease in pain

Improvement began in the first week of treatment, and continued to increase at the end of the three weeks of treatment.

Additionally, in her book, Food That Helps Win the Battle Against Fibromyalgia, naturopathic doctor Deirdre Rawlings states that d-ribose supplements can help FM by improving energy transfer to your muscles.

So where was all my great improvement? I had written a post previously so I knew that I only needed 5mg three times a day (and I was taking heaps more!).

But guess what? I messed up (I’m blaming fibro fog, and it’s fixed now) – it was supposed to read 5 grams three times a day!

So, starting today, I am taking one capsule three times a day – it is a bit short of the 5 grams (just 750mg) so I’m still looking forward to some positive effects.

D-ribose is a type of simple sugar (a 5-carbon sugar; unlike 6-carbon glucose sugar)  that plays a role in energy metabolism and specifically in the formation of ATP, or adenosine triphosphate, the fuel that every cell in your body uses for its energy production. In fact, the ATP energy molecule is made of ribose. Ribose is found in limited amounts in meat and vegetables, though your body usually manufactures enough ribose from glucose to meet its daily needs. However, researchers believe that people with FM may have a deficit in ATP production, which accounts for the lack of energy and feelings of fatigue.

No side effects are associated with the use of ribose supplements, according to Tufts Medical Center; however, no long-term safety studies have yet been conducted. The only significant (bad) side effect seen, so far, is feeling hyper/over-energised (oh! wouldn’t that be nice!) in which case you should lower the dose or take it with food.

As with any nutritional supplement, inform your doctor if you plan to use D-Ribose.

I’ll let you know when (I’m being positive) I start feeling fantastic!

If you’d like to see iHerb’s selection of D-Ribose products, click here. Use Coupon Code LHJ194 to get $10 off any first time order over $40 or $5 off any first time order under $40.

D-Ribose Availability

I had some requests about where to buy D-Ribose, so GOOGLE, here I come!

Firstly, the report I read stated (at the end) that Douglas Laboratories exclusively distributes Bioenergy’s Corvalen for professional use; Nutri-Health Supplements, LLC, sells Corvalen through direct-to-consumer channels; and Sedona Labs distributes Corvalen to the retail health food store market.

Then, I did my own search:

Better Health International sells Corvalen D-Ribose 9.9 oz (280 g) (containing Pure D-Ribose) for US $30.99 and Corvalen M 12 oz (340 g) (Containing Malate and Magnesium in addition to D-Ribose) for US $33.75.

Biovea Australia sells D-RIBOSE 1000mg 60 Fruit Chewable Tablets by Source Naturals® for AU $35.95.

iHERB.com has 25 different versions ranging from US $25.99 to US $49.08 – this also includes powder form

Amazon is selling NOW D-RIBOSE 100% PURE POWDER for US $20.00

The recommended dosage for us FM sufferers is 5 grams three times a day (this amount was suggested by Dr Teitelbaum).

If you’d like to see iHerb’s selection of D-Ribose products, click here. Use Coupon Code LHJ194 to get $10 off any first time order over $40 or $5 off any first time order under $40.

Please consult your doctor as to which brand/form is appropriate for your use, and to discuss side effects.

Ribose Aids Fibromyalgia

 

According to Dr Jacob Teitelbaum, D-ribose provides the key building block for producing the ‘energy molecule’ adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in every cell.

In a recent multicentre study led by Dr Teitelbaum, D-ribose supplementation improved energy levels, sleep, mental clarity, pain relief and well-being in patients suffering from fibromyalgia

This open-label, unblinded study included 257 patients in 53 US clinics with a diagnosis of CFS and FM. All subjects were given D-ribose (as Corvalen™ from Bioenergy), a naturally occurring pentose carbohydrate, 5 g t.i.d. for three weeks.

In the 203 patients who completed the trial, D-ribose treatment led to both statistically and clinically highly important average improvements in all categories:

  • 61.3-percent increase in energy
  • 37-percent increase in overall well being
  • 29.3-percnet improvement in sleep
  • 30-percent improvement in mental clarity
  • 15.6-percent decrease in pain

Improvement began in the first week of treatment, and continued to increase at the end of the three weeks of treatment. The D-ribose was well tolerated.

These findings confirmed results of an earlier pilot study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, involving 36 patients from a single medical centre, who took D-ribose for an average of 25 days. Approximately 66 percent of patients experienced significant improvement while on D-ribose, with an average increase in energy of 45 percent and an average improvement in overall well-being of 30 percent.

“Our hypothesis all along has been that giving D-ribose to people with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia will jump-start their mitochondrial energy furnaces,” said Dr Teitelbaum. “We’re pleased that the larger multicentre trial corroborated our earlier study, showing the same benefits for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome patients from multiple locations.”