D-ribose: New Supplement of Note

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Any primary care physician will tell you the number one symptom that prompts a visit to the doctor is fatigue, expressed as “I’m tired all the time,” “I crash at three in the afternoon,” or “My get up and go just got up and went.”

If you’ve been reading my health tips for a while, you know that adrenal fatigue is very common, not dangerous, and reasonably easy to treat with natural supplements like Adreset and Adrenal Complex.

But let’s say you’ve gone this route, and think you’re a little better but not quite back up to your former energy levels.

What may be going on is fatigue at the individual cell level. A quick refresher in case you were dozing in biology class: the primary source of energy for cells is a molecule called adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which, during its cellular conversion to adenosine diphosphate (ADP), actually creates energy.

Under stressful conditions (like getting older or simply day-to-day physical/emotional wear and tear), your muscles might not be able to produce enough ATP to function at their best. The result is fatigue.

D-ribose is a carbohydrate molecule that speeds up the production of ATP. Studies in athletes have shown that D-ribose can actually enhance performance, improve energy recovery, and increase energy reserves. So, if fatigue is an issue in your life and your doctor has ruled out a medical cause (like anemia or underactive thyroid), you might want to try a month or two of D-ribose and see if it makes a difference.

If you exercise regularly (and I hope you do!), here’s an experiment you can run on yourself to determine if you need D-ribose. Take a scoop of D-ribose just before each exercise session and be on the lookout for evidence of enhanced performance, such as a longer jog or improved performance on your elliptical, treadmill, or exercise bike.

You might be in for a pleasant surprise.

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