A key molecule, called adenosine triphosphate (or ATP for short), is known as the energy currency of the cell because the amount of ATP we have in our tissues determines whether we will be fatigued, or will have the energy we need to live vital, active lives. Ribose provides the key building block of ATP, and the presence of ribose in the cell stimulates the metabolic pathway our bodies use to actually make this vital compound. If the cell does not have enough ribose, it cannot make ATP. So, when cells and tissues become energy starved, the availability of ribose is critical to energy recovery.
Low ATP results in:
According to research studies, Ribose supplementation can increase ATP levels thereby:
What does this mean for you? Whether you have a chronic medical condition that causes fatigue, sore muscles, pain, or if you just want to get more out of life and your next visit to the gym, Ribose may be just what the doctor ordered. The recommended dosage for D-Ribose is a scoop (approx 1-2 teaspoons). Many people report not needing that high of a dose to get results. Remember each person response to supplements and treatments differently. Always start with a very low dose when adding something new to your routine.
As always, please consult your doctor before changing your current diet, exercise, or supplementation program.
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Douglas Labs Corvalen - D-Ribose recommended by the author of From Fatigue to Fantastic:
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