It is vital for the body’s cells to make lots and lots of energy to help our heart beat, muscles contract and to send signals between the brain and nerves. Most of the energy we produce for this is from ATP (Adenosine triphosphate).
ATP is a compound that the cell uses for fuel. It is constructed of D-Ribose along with adenine and three phosphate molecules. ATP is built piece by piece with the phosphate molecules being held by chemical bonds. When the last chemical bond is broken, it releases chemical energy that is converted to mechanical energy to power movement. ATP is then recycled through reattaching phosphate to produce new energy.
D-Ribose is the starting point in synthesis of ATP and the structure onto which the compound is built. D-Ribose is a simple sugar that exists in the body’s cells. It is an essential sugar for our body since it is a component of RNA and DNA (the basis of our genetic information).D-Ribose is normally produced by the body from glucose from our food, but this a slow energy-intensive process and our body rations the amount of glucose available.
Cells need oxygen for metabolism. Strenuous exercise can mean using up our energy supplies before they can be replenished. There are also a number of health conditions that affect oxygen and blood flow (e.g. heart or muscle disease). Our cells need oxygen for metabolism to rebuild energy supplies and recover from physical activity. Without this, we experience fatigue, muscle pain and become less able to exercise.
Supplementing with D-Ribose speeds up the process of energy recovery and restoration of battered cells and tissue. It can restore energy levels much faster than through our body’s natural process since it bypasses production (our natural process takes 72 hours to produce ATP from scratch). In exercise, it prevents the muscle stiffness that normally follows exertion allowing us to continue sooner with less rest.
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