What: D-Ribose is the supplement that has won the hearts of CFS/ME specialists the world over with most leading practitioners now having incorporated it into their protocols. It is a sugar used by the energy furnaces in the cell (mitochondria) to create energy. The technical terms for this is the ATP-ADP conversion cycle.
Why: Producing D-Ribose in the body is a slow and laborious process. When it is lacking it is very difficult to produce energy and is a possible explanation of the delayed fatigue often experienced by CFS’rs after excercise and periods of heavy exertion.
How Much: The recommend dosage is 15mg (3 teaspoons) throughout the day for the first 2 weeks then down to 10mg (2 teaspoons).
My Experience: I trialled D-Ribose (Healthy Origins bought from i-herb) for 18 days with the intention of noting my reaction and incorporating it into my own protocol later in the year. It gave me an immeadiate boost in energy each hour or so after I took it, much like other forms of sugar do, however I often also noticed a bit of a come down effect afterwards. I found it useful to take before meditations and will trial it again for a longer period inconjuction with other mitochondrial supplements.
Links: D-Ribose Research and Explanation – Dr. Teitelbaum