Why is Ribose Important?
D-Ribose or simply Ribose is a simple 5-carbon sugar, with a slightly sweet taste. Ribose, a naturally occurring sugar, is a key structural component of the DNA, RNA, ATP, FADH, Coenzyme-A, and NADH needed by the mitochondria to maintain cellular energy stasis. ATP (Adenosine Tri Phosphate) is the source for all cellular energy. Every cell needs energy (ATP) to carry out its function. Decreased oxygen levels, decreased blood flow, and other stressful conditions can drastically effect the intracellular concentrations of these energy compounds.
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 function. Each cell produces its own ribose to aid in ATP production. Normally, ribose is available to produce these necessary compounds, which is not the case in disease, hypoxia or stressful states. In summary, adequate ATP levels are essential to maintain each cell’s integrity and function.
Supplemental Ribose appears to provide a solution to this problem by replenishing these depressed ATP levels. Studies shown that D-Ribose can accelerate energy recovery in skeletal muscle and relieve fatigue, soreness and stiffness after intense exercise. D-Ribose has also been reported to be effective in restoring tissue energy levels following intense exercise, improving physical function, exercise tolerance and quality of life in people with fatigue.