D-ribose is a type of simple sugar that exists in each and every cell in our body. It is an important ingredient when it comes to stimulating the natural production of energy. Studies show that supplementing D-Ribose for fibromyalgia can help with fatigue and even pain.
How Does D-Ribose For Fibromyalgia Help Fatigue and Pain
For those suffering from fatigue, the demand of energy in their body exceeds what the body is capable of producing. Since D-Ribose can affect the body’s energy levels, researchers focused on its potential benefits to fibromyalgia. Studies showed that D-Ribose can potentially increase ones energy. Not only that, it helps to improve the mitochondrial function while also reducing muscle pain. This is especially beneficial for fibromyalgia patients.
A 2012 study published in Open Pain Journal involved 257 fibro patients from various clinics. Patients were assessed a week before the treatment and at an interval of one week during the trial period. Participants were asked to assess their level of energy, quality of sleep, cognitive function, level of pain and overall well-being.
203 patients successfully completed the test and these were the findings:
- 61.3 percent reported having more energy
- 29.3 percent reported better sleep
- 30 percent reported improved cognitive functioning.
- 15.6 percent reported pain reduction
- 37 percent reported improved overall well-being
These improvements started to show in the first week of treatment. They eventually increased all throughout the three-week trial period.
The Role of D-Ribose In Energy Production
D-Ribose is basically a simple five-carbon sugar called the pentose. As mentioned, it is present in every cell of our body. Our body preserve the ribose in producing the energy molecules, which powers up the muscles, heart and every body tissue. D-Ribose is basically the fuel, which mitochondria will use in producing Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP).
The amount of ATP found in the tissues can help to determine the amount of energy our body has. If we do not have enough ribose in our body cells, it will not be able to produce enough ATP. Consequently, if the tissues and cells do not get enough energy, they cannot function properly. This can result in chronic pain and fatigue.
For those with fibromyalgia, the recommended supplementation of D-Ribose is 5 g, taken 3 times a day. There may be some side effects which include nausea, upset stomach, headache and diarrhea. Thus, it is best to talk to your doctor before you take the D-Ribose supplementation.
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