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!
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