Sunday, May 22, 2011


Note: Always ask your doctor before adopting any new regime as
supplements are drugs and as such should be evaluated in terms of
other drugs that are being taken.

Ask Dr. H: Using D-Ribose for fibromyalgia

By Mitchell Hecht
Medical Columnist

Question: What is your opinion on taking D-Ribose for fibromyalgia?

Answer: D-Ribose is one of those supplements that have garnered a lot
of attention recently. D-Ribose is a 5-carbon sugar (unlike 6-carbon
glucose sugar) directly involved in the production of "ATP," the fuel
that every cell in the body uses for its energy production. D-Ribose
doesn't raise blood sugar; rather it's directly converted to ATP. It
can even lower blood sugar a bit.

Supporters of D-Ribose claim it decreases pain, improves mental
clarity, increases energy, improves stamina, creates an improved sense
of well-being, and strengthens heart performance. Uses for D-Ribose
range from folks with chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia to
athletes looking to improve their exercise endurance. It may also be
helpful, in theory, to those who experience muscle aches and pains as
a side effect of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.

While there are many anecdotal claims about D-Ribose benefits, there
isn't much in the way of double-blinded placebo-controlled research
out there that tests it against a dummy pill or powder. I have not yet
recommended it to my patients, but it does seem safe enough to
recommend to select patients who have not responded to other
treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia pain, or
cholesterol-medicine weakness and pain. The recommended dosage is 5
grams (powder dissolved in liquid) two to three times daily with
meals. Two reputable brands I've found are Corvalen and Life Extension

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