What is D-Ribose?
D-Ribose or Ribose is a simple 5-carbon sugar, with a slightly sweet taste. Ribose, a naturally occurring sugar, is a key structural component of the ATP needed by the mitochondria to maintain cellular energy equilibrium.
What is ATP?
ATP (Adenosine Tri Phosphate) is the source for all cellular energy. It is composed of Adenine, Ribose and 3 phosphates. Every cell needs energy (ATP) to carry out its function. Decreased oxygen levels, decreased blood flow and other stressful conditions like working-out can drastically effect the intracellular concentrations of the energy compounds (ATP).
Why is the concentration of ATP critical?
The integrity, cellular chemical reactions and the intended function of each cell are directly dependent upon quantifiable levels of ATP. Insufficient levels of ATP can severely affect intracellular processes and functions. Each cell produces its own ribose to aid in ATP production. Normally, ribose is available to produce ATP, which is not the case in disease, hypoxia or stressful states such as; during or after exercise. In summary, adequate ATP levels are essential to maintain each cell’s integrity and function.
Why do we need supplemental Ribose?
To date, researchers have studied the effect of ribose and found that supplemental ribose:
- Replenishes the depressed ATP level
- Accelerates energy recovery in skeletal muscle
- Relieves fatigue, soreness and stiffness after intense exercise
- Restores tissue energy level before and after exercise
- Reduces fatigue and improves vitality
- Improves cardiac function and increase exercise tolerance
- Improves energy level, sleep, mental clarity, pain relief and well being
How does supplemental Ribose help?
The image below shows how supplemental ribose (RiboBlast) help energy generation (ATP) in the body.
- Usually glucose converts to glucose-6-phosphate.
- Glucose-6-phosphate converts to ribose-5-phosphate with the help of an enzyme called G-6-PDH.
- G-6-PDH is an enzyme with low activity in heart and skeletal muscle.
- So the conversion of Glucose-6-Phosphate to Ribose-5-Phosphate is slow.
- Supplemental ribose (RiboBlast) bypasses those slow steps and enhances the production of ATP.