Your cells contain tiny “power plants” called mitochondria. These mitochondria produce an energy molecule called ATP (adenosine triphosphate). ATP is the source of all energy in your body. The more ATP your cells produce, the more energy you have. When your ATP levels are low, you feel fatigued and sluggish, as you don’t have enough energy. To restore your energy and recover from fatigue, your cells have to produce more ATP.
The problem is that your cells need ATP to make ATP. The less ATP you have, the less ATP your cells can make. It’s a vicious cycle. As a result, your ATP levels never recover to optimal levels, even with plenty of rest.
Build an Energy Pool of ATP in Every Cell for More Energy
Fortunately, ribose can help increase ATP to optimal levels as ribose is an actual building block of ATP. The chemical structure of ATP is a ribose molecule joined to two other molecules (adenine and phosphate).
Ribose is a sugar but it only has five carbons in its chemical structure, as opposed to six carbons in common sugars, like glucose, sucrose, and fructose. These 6-carbon sugars raise blood sugar levels, and cause your body to produce insulin. Unlike these sugars ribose does not raise blood sugar levels or cause your body to produce insulin. Instead, it helps you burn off more sugar, and get rid of fatigue at the root cause.
Ribose is usually made from glucose in your cells. But your cells don’t convert the ribose immediately to ATP. Instead, your cells do so only when your body needs energy. And the unused ribose is stored in your cells as reserve.
Proven to Work in Clinical Studies
In a clinical study, Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, medical director of the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers, took a group of 36 patients who suffered from fatigue and supplemented them with Ribose. The results indicated that the patients saw a dramatic improvement in their energy levels. Plus, they also reported to sleep better, think clearer and enjoy improved well-being. Since then, Dr. Teitelbaum has recommended ribose for all of his patients who suffer from fatigue. And he has seen remarkable results on his patients.
In a Lancet study of 20 men, researchers found that those taking ribose could exercise much harder before being fatigued. In addition various animal studies have also confirmed the benefit of taking Ribose.
As Ribose is not present in any foods the only way to increase ribose levels is to take a ribose supplement. The usual dose of Ribose is 2-5g a day but can be increased up to 15g a day safely.
NAD+ and its precursers can also promote ATP production.