D-Ribose is a simple carbohydrate molecule found in every cell in the human body. Physical stress can increase the loss of nucleotides (such as ATP, ADP and AMP) from the hearth and skeletal muscles. 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. Ribose metabolizes into 5-phophoribosyl-1-pyrophosphate (PRPP), which is a rate limiting substance used in the synthesis of nucleotides. D-Ribose supports muscle recovery, increases energy and endurance.
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 may be 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 in as little as 12 hours! Imagine training a muscle group very intensely and, in as little as half of a day that muscle group having the energy stores available to perform at 100%.
The benefits of D-Ribose in the replenishment of our bodies vital energy source, ATP is wonderful for everyone, from the serious athlete to the person who has suffered a temporary traumatic loss of blood flow to the heart (a heart attack).
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 one hour before exercise and immediately after.
D-Ribose when taken with Creatine Monohydrate may prove to have a synergistic/ powerful effect on muscle strength, endurance, and recovery. As with any dietary supplement, results will vary from individual to individual.