Fibromyalgia (FMS) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) are debilitating to their sufferers. The two syndromes are closely related in terms of extreme fatigue and overlapping symptoms and a number of people are diagnosed with both. In FMS, muscle pain is greater than the fatigue and in CFS, lack of energy is greater than pain. FMS sufferers often report physical injury or emotional trauma in their history, whereas CFS sufferers often report the illness developing after a viral infection such as flu or glandular fever (mononucleosis).
More recent research suggests that there is a dysfunction in the mitochondria (the “powerhouses” of our cells, where energy is created) in both syndromes. Toxins that should normally be excreted by the kidneys build up in cells and tissues, reducing ATP (adenosine triphosphate) production. Since ATP is needed to provide energy to the muscles, without a constant supply of this, pain and fatigue are the result.
Take 1-3 grams up to 3 times a day (or for more serious conditions such as fibromyalgia or advanced heart disease, up to 5 grams 3 times daily with your doctor’s approval ). Initially, you may want to start on a higher dose until energy levels are restored and then continue at a lower maintenance dose.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding or suffer from diabetes, please seek advice from your healthcare consultant prior to commencing on D-Ribose.
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