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Ribose: More Energy Equals More
By Jason Cohen, WNBF
In basic terms Ribose is the starting point for the production of
ATP in your body. ATP (adenosine triphosphate) is responsible for
all of the energy your body is supplied with. In normal conditions,
your body produces enough ATP to survive. However, in stressful
conditions, such as high-intensity exercise, your body can't
replace ATP fast enough. Therefore, it would make sense to
supplement with Ribose in order to keep ATP levels high in order to
increase your energy levels.
Now, the more important part of your question is whether it is
worthwhile to supplement with Ribose. My opinion on whether or not
to take any supplement rests on two things. First, is there an
adequate amount of science behind a certain "new" product on
bodybuilders (not mice). Second, is the product cost-effective to
warrant you spending your hard-earned money to find out if the
product will work for you.
The scientific evidence on Ribose's ability to rebuild and restore
energy in heart and skeletal muscle cells is pretty impressive. At
this point, however, there are no studies that I know of on Ribose
in the bodybuilding community. I have received quite a bit of
anecdotal evidence from bodybuilders and the preliminary reports
look very promising. In addition, I can give you an account of my
own personal experience while supplementing with Ribose. I took a
product called Liquid Ribose from Performance Biomedical
Laboratories. I took one serving prior to working out and one
serving immediately after training. I did notice that I was able to
train hard for a longer period of time without depleting my
glycogen stores. I also noticed that I was able to recuperate from
intense workouts in a shorter period of time then before I took the
Liquid Ribose. Finally, and most evident, I noticed that I had more
energy when I performed cardio after an intense weight training
Now, is Ribose cost-effective? I guess this one depends on what
your supplement budget is each month. I really didn't think that
Ribose was terribly expensive considering how new it is. The
companies offering Ribose all seem to be right around $44.95 for a
thirty day supply.
One last note about Ribose. I think it is best to use it in
conjunction with creatine. I used the Ribose with and without
creatine and noticed considerably better results with the creatine.
I used the Effervescent Creatine Plus by Performance Biomedical
Labs. I also think that the liquid form is better because it is
kept stable in a glycerol base. Therefore, if you decide to give
Ribose a shot stick to the liquid form and use it with
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