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D Ribose Powder Supplement Review

What is Ribose?

Ribose is a five-carbon sugar that is the backbone of the ATP (adenosine triphosphate) molecule. The ATP molecules are the major energy currency inside all cells including all human muscle cells. Since first discovered in 1930s, ribose has been studied, and in the 1970s is was found that it could play an important role in treating poor circulation in the heart. By the 1990s, it was found that a similar result occurred in skeletal muscle. Both cardio, and skeletal muscle benefits are important when considering supplementing with ribose for strength and athletic performance.

Why is ATP important in strength training?

ATP is required as the energy source for in our muscles for strength training. During strenuous, and extended exercise, muscles use up their ATP pools. Under these stressful conditions our muscle cells cannot recycle ATP fast enough, and can not rebuild new ATP from the available cell resources because they are washed out to maintain correct chemical balances.

Under normal conditions when less demand is placed on the cells, and when there is plenty of oxygen in the cells, ATP is made from supplies from foods we digest. Various carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, are digested, taken up in the blood, and distributed to all the cells in the body. The (muscle) cell makes ATP energy from these nutrients. Under stressful conditions like strength training, large amounts of ATP and related compounds (ADP and AMP), are lost from the heart and skeletal muscles. In extreme cases, loss of ATP, and related compounds, can cause cell death.

The cells that do not die from the energy drain, do take time to recover. Studies have shown that stress from the training cause the cells to lose critical energy-producing molecules that hamper the body's ability remake ATP. Even after 3 or 4 days rest ATP levels can still up to 28% lower than pre-training levels. Ribose is the starting point for new ATP production.

How does Ribose supplementation work?

Ribose is a major ingredient used in replacing muscle cell energy as it is used. All living cells contain ribose, but there is not enough in food to provide what's needed to keep energy levels high during heavy exercise. Our own bodies can produce ribose, but the process is slow. The steps the body must take to form ribose from glucose are complex. Less than optimal conditions can even cause the process to be slower still. Supplemental ribose is absorbed easily by our bodies, and goes directly to work rebuilding the energy producing molecules as the cells use them. Your muscles are able to rebuild your energy supply quickly, making it available for peak performance.

Studies suggest that ribose will also alleviate muscle soreness and fatigue. It is likely that taking ribose will give a person overall higher energy levels during, and between strength and cardio training. Stacking ribose with creatine monohydrate, and L-glutamine, may lead to results that rival steroids. If this proves to be true, and with all the other supplements already proven by science in the last 10 or so years, perhaps steroids will finally go the way of the dinosaur.


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