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Ribose for fibromyalgia: Surprising benefits of using this sugar

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Sugar and Fibromyalgia

Ribose is a simple sugar, and it exists in two forms, D-ribose and L-ribose, but only one of them occurs naturally. D-ribose is the common form, and it is essential for energy production in the body. Research reveals that ribose may help patients who have fibromyalgia. Although your body can make ribose on its own, some patients have found pain relief by taking additional supplements.


Ribose has been used by athletes to fight muscle fatigue, but they are not the only ones who can benefit from this sugar. Ribose is necessary for the creation of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) in the body. ATP is essential for energy processes in the cell. Some of the commonly reported benefits of taking D-ribose include more energy, less pain, better sleep and reduced brain fog. Athletes have been aware of the advantages of ribose for years, so they use it to stop or prevent cramps and increase endurance. Patients with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and cardiovascular problems have also noticed the benefits of D-ribose.

A study from researchers at the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers in Dallas found that D-ribose helped patients with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. The researchers point out that both of these conditions are often characterized by problems with cellular energy metabolism. D-ribose has been shown to help improve this type metabolism and reduce fatigue. In the study, patients took 5 mg of D-ribose three times a day. The researchers found that the patients had a significant improvement in their symptoms after taking the supplements. They reported better sleep, more energy, better mental clarity, less pain and higher quality of life. A total of 66 percent of the patients reported improvements after taking D-ribose in the study.

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D-ribose is recommended by some doctors for chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. However, it is also helpful for other health conditions. Patients with cardiovascular problems may benefit from ribose. The sugar may help improve blood flow to the heart and the functions of the heart. Initial research also indicates that people with seizures and restless leg syndrome may also benefit from taking D-ribose. Scientists continue to explore the potential uses and benefits of taking this sugar.

In general, ribose is considered to be safe and does not have many side effects. However, if you have diabetes or hypoglycemia, then you must be careful with this supplement. D-ribose can lower blood sugar levels, so people who take medications to control their sugar levels must proceed with caution. Ribose can interact with medications for diabetes such as insulin, tolbutamide, glyburide and other drugs. You may want to discuss taking the supplements with your doctor before you start. In addition, if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, then you may want to talk to your doctor first. The research is not clear about the impact of ribose on pregnant or breast-feeding women.

There are several precautions you must take if you decide to use ribose. It can interact with alcohol and aspirin. In both cases, your blood sugar may fall to a dangerous low level. In addition, ribose can interfere with several other drugs, so you should talk to your doctor about your supplement use. Ribose can be found in powder or tablet form, and some varieties may even be sold with different flavors.