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D-Ribose Powder Supplement Review

What is Ribose?

D-Ribose is a simple carbohydrate molecule found in EVERY cell in the human body. D-Ribose is critical in the continuous production of ATP, the molecule which gives our muscles and our heart the energy they need to perform. Research indicates that supplementing with Ribose is an effective way to increase energy levels (ATP) within the muscle cell, enhance muscular performance, and aid in recovery after high intensity exercise.

Why should I use Ribose?

As is the goal of many of today's top supplements, including HMB, L-Glutamine and Creatine, Ribose is used in an attempt to boost strength levels, enhance gains in muscle size and strength and prevent muscle tissue breakdown that can occur subsequent to strenuous exercise. By supplementing with ribose, an athlete can increase their muscle ATP levels and thereby produce more energy during short, intense bursts of activity, like weight training and sprinting. All muscles in the body rely on a constant supply of ATP for the energy they need to function properly. When we place great energy demands on our heart or skeletal muscles through intense physical exercise, our muscles become deprived of oxygen due to diminished blood flow. This oxygen deprivation leads to a drastic decrease in muscle ATP/energy levels. Studies have shown that muscle ATP stores can be decreased by as much as 60-70% following exhaustive exercise and that it can take over 72 HOURS for these ATP stores to be adequately replenished. During this recuperation period, muscular strength and endurance maybe GREATLY diminished. D-Ribose has been shown to dramatically enhance the rate at which ATP is replenished in the muscles decreasing the recovery time from 72 HOURS to as little as 12 HOURS! D-Ribose is absorbed VERY efficiently with 95% of what you consume delivered to the bloodstream. D-Ribose will have no effect on heart rate or blood pressure and should be taken approximately 1 hour before exercise and immediately after. Also, D-Ribose, when taken with Creatine Monohydrate, has a synergistic effect on muscle strength, endurance, and recovery making this combo one of the most potent weapons in an athlete's arsenal. Finally, D-Ribose also gives the body a SUDDEN JOLT of energy when taken, and will thus help as a preworkout supplement.

What research has been done on Ribose?

The amount of studies done on D-Ribose are to numerous to list here. Ribose has been studied since the 1950s, and even though the benefits have been known for over 40 years, the high cost of manufacturing made it unavailable to the masses. Now with increases in manufacturing technology, Ribose has become affordable enough for anyone to use it.

What doses of Ribose should be taken?

While there is no definitive guide on how much ribose should be taken, most experts agree that large amounts should be taken as a "loading phase" for the first week of supplementation when the body is most responsive. For this loading phase 3 grams taken 3-4 times a day should be sufficient. Then, once the muscles are saturated with ribose, a maintenance dose can be consumed. This should range from 6-9 grams a day.

What side effects are caused by Ribose?

As of yet, no known side effects have been reported from the use of Ribose. Ribose is a natural nutrient produced by our bodies and is believed to be safe.

Should I cycle Ribose?

There has been no evidence to suggest that cycling ribose can be advantageous. However, the cost prohibitive nature of supplementing with ribose as well as the potential to "down-regulate" its benefits, might pose a case for cycling. Some cycling schemes that are similar to creatine's include: a prolonged period using a maintenance dose, say 4-6 weeks, followed by another "loading phase", and a 4-6 week reduced dosage pattern followed by a loading phase. As is the case with all supplementation, better judgment is the key to success. Knowing your body and its limits is as crucial to proper supplementation as it is to proper training.

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