Ribose, an ergogenic aid

Did you know ribose is a naturally occurring sugar that plays a part in resynthesizing adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Manufacturers claim by supplementing with ribose one can increase the speed of ATP synthesis, which would increase energy capabilities, in-turn increasing physical performance. Previous studies have shown ribose supplementation to fall short of what manufacturers claim.

In a double blind study (Peveler, et al), 11 subjects were used consisting of 5 cyclists, 4 strength trained athletes and 2 untrained individuals. The subjects were randomly assigned to 1 of 2 groups. The subjects took the supplement or placebo. No significant difference was found between ribose or placebo groups for any measure. Researchers concluded oral ribose supplementation does not seem to increase or prolong power output for cyclists, strength trained or untrained subjects. Manufacturer’s claims seem to be unfounded. In other words, don’t waste your money on ribose, use creatine.

Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 20(3):2006

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