D ribose (often synonymous with ribose) is a type of sugar (a monosaccharide with five carbon atoms, i.e., pentose) that occurs everywhere in our body and all plant and animal cells.
Among other things, D-ribose is necessary for the production of adenosine triphosphate. As ATP, this molecule is the most important fuel for the energy that all cells in our body need. ATP is required for overall metabolism: ATP is the most important energy supplier for metabolism and a natural substrate in heart, muscle, and nerve cells. When ATP is consumed, the molecule breaks down; D ribose is needed for its regeneration. The acutely available ATP supply is relatively small, and ATP synthesis (ATP recovery) is slow.
ATP deficiency due to illness or overuse leads to physical and mental lack of energy. D ribose here can reduce energy drop and speed up regeneration. Because high muscle activity requires a lot of energy, D ribose is used as a dietary supplement by athletes and people who perform cumbersome physical activities. The supply of D-ribose can shorten ATP production, and thus the regeneration phase between training or work activities.
Cardiologists have mostly conducted clinical research with D-ribose. One of the most famous studies with D-ribose took place at the Großhadern clinic. Dr. Wolfgang Pliml proved the effects of D-ribose in heart patients: in heart attacks and in those whose heart muscle was poorly supplied with blood due to vasoconstriction; the minute volume increased significantly the production of ATP increased tenfold.
Other diseases in which the use of D ribose is being investigated:
COPD: 2007 Study found that D ribose significantly improved lung and heart function in patients with COPD.
Fibromyalgia and CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome): Research on D-ribose in this area is only a few years old. Doctors and patients report very positive treatment results (here, the doses range between 10 and 20 grams per day).
MAD deficiency: D-ribose relieves symptoms in patients with myoadenylate deaminase enzyme deficiency.
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