Unique Sugar Now Featured on Andrew Weil, MD, Web Site
D-Ribose, a naturally occurring five-carbon sugar, is made by the body tosynthesize many important compounds, including DNA, RNA, and most importantly,ATP, the "energy currency" of the cells. ATP is critical to health andmaintaining normal energy-dependent body functions. Ribose is the essentialcomponent in the making of ATP. Weil says, "Because ATP is rapidly used bymuscles in high-intensity workouts and because RNA is important in proteinsynthesis, ribose supplements and energy drinks containing ribose are beingpromoted for energy enhancement and better exercise performance."
Visitors to Dr. Weil's site also will discover other life enhancingbenefits associated with D-ribose. For example, Dr. Weil says that "emergingevidence does suggest that they [ribose supplements] benefit patients withcongestive heart failure ... In FDA sponsored trials, ribose appears toimprove heart function and quality of life among these patients by increasinglevels and availability of ATP."
In addition to its restorative properties for heart health Dr. Weil pointsout that "ribose may ease the pain and fatigue of patients with fibromyalgiaand chronic fatigue syndrome." Referencing a study published last year in theJournal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (Vol. 12: No. 9, 2006), Dr.Weil says that "patients who took five grams of ribose three times a day foran average of 28 days reported less muscle soreness and stiffness, betterability to overcome fatigue, and simply feeling better." He also indicatesthat "further studies suggest that ribose may also help improve exercisetolerance in high intensity activities."
Dr. Weil recommends for those who find ribose beneficial that they limittheir intake to no more than five grams three times a day. Although ribose ismade naturally inside the body, its production is slow and limited by severalenzymes that are in short supply in heart and muscle cells. Normally, this isnot a problem except when hearts or muscles are challenged by the stress ofexercise or lack of oxygen due to cardiovascular disease, circulatorydisorders, chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia. If the energy metabolismprocess isn't working properly, it drains energy reserves and depletes thecellular energy pool. This frequently leads to pain, soreness, stiffness andan overall feeling of fatigue. Supplementing these stressed cells withD-ribose restores cellular energy.
The ribose Q&A first appeared on Dr. Weil's home page(http://www.drweil.com) on October 5, 2007. Now, visitors can find theinformation by conducting a search on the site for "ribose."
Bioenergy Inc. -- The Ribose Company -- http://www.bioenergy.com is aprivately held, Minneapolis-based life sciences company whose core technologylies in the development and commercialization of products based on thephysiological benefits of D-ribose in health and wellness. Bioenergy's clearmission is to develop products that increase the quality of its customers'lives by improving their metabolic health. Bioenergy Life Science, Inc., itssubsidiary, markets ribose-based products to the functional food and clinicalnutrition markets. Bioenergy Life Science products include BioenergyRIBOSE(TM), a functional ingredient in the active lifestyle market;Corvalen(R), and CorvalenM(R), clinical nutrition products giving metabolicsupport to patients with heart and muscle disease. Bioenergy Ribose is non-GMO certified. The product is also manufactured under the supervision of theKashruth Division of the Orthodox Union. Toll-free order line is1-866-267-8253.
SOURCE Bioenergy Inc.
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