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Get a jump on cardiovascular health and a daily boost of energy with Ribose!
D-Ribose is a relatively new dietary supplement that's been studied for many years, is scientifically proven to renew cardiac energy and also helps to promote cardiovascular wellness.
It is widely known that a healthy level of energy in the heart is critical in maintaining cardiac health and protecting the heart from metabolic stress.
In fact, D-ribose is a simple, five-carbon sugar that is found naturally in every cell in our bodies. Unlike other sugars, D-ribose has unique metabolic properties. Because it is a five-carbon sugar, rather than a six-carbon sugar like most sugars we eat, the body recognizes D-ribose as different and saves it for the special purpose of energy synthesis.
D-Ribose provides the structural core for ATP (Adenosine Tri-Phosphate), the primary energy source for all living cells. D-Ribose fuels and stimulates the metabolic pathway in the body that synthesizes ATP, accelerating energy recovery and energizing the heart.
Maintaining healthy energy levels in the heart is vital to cardiovascular wellness. Our hearts contain about 700 milligrams of ATP at any given time, but that's only enough to fuel the heart for about ten heartbeats. Every day our hearts use almost six kilograms (13.2 pounds) of ATP to pump blood to the body. This means that hearts need to recycle their available energy over 10,000 times every single day!
Scientists have known for decades that the level of ATP in our heart has a direct impact on cardiac function. When the heart is under stress, it needs to sustain a constant level of energy, and if that level is disrupted, the energy can drain from the heart cells. D-Ribose is needed by the cell to rebuild this lost energy and re-energize the heart.
D-Ribose supplementation gives the body what it needs to accelerate the process of energy synthesis, promote recovery and maintain the energy health of the heart.
D-Ribose is synergistic with other nutrients. Coenzyme Q10, L-carnitine and magnesium have all been used to promote ATP production. But the way these nutrients work in the body is much different than the way D-ribose works. The concern is with the amount of energy we have in our cells and the efficiency with which the body can use this energy. A large pool of energy is needed to make sure there is enough to fuel all the reactions of the cell. D-Ribose makes the energy molecule itself, and this continued synthesis of ATP assures the body of having enough energy to draw from. CoQ10, L-carnitine and magnesium affect how efficiently the cells use the ATP they have, but they do not build the actual energy pool. However, D-ribose can be used by the body for the important task of synthesizing ATP.
D-Ribose can have a direct impact on how much energy is available to the heart. In combination with L-carnitine and magnesium, these cardio-protecting nutrients impact metabolic cardiology to promote heart health and wellness.
I have long recommended potassium and magnesium mineral aspartates along with malic acid, acetyl L-carnitine, CoQ10 and NADH, which all play a role in supporting mitochondrial ATP production.
Recently, I discovered D-ribose, an outstanding new nutrient for those seeking a powerful energy boost! In addition to its role in making DNA and RNA, ribose is a key building block for making energy at the cellular level. In fact, the main energy molecules in your body (ATP, etc.) are made of ribose plus B vitamins and phosphate. That makes these energy molecules similar to the paper that money is printed on—kind of like being able to print your own energy currency!
In a recent study conducted by our research center, the use of Ribose was seen as a major step forward, with 65.7% of the subjects in the study experiencing significant improvements in: energy, sleep, mental clarity, and well-being. Because it can dramatically increase energy production throughout the body, I recommend D-ribose for those who want to maintain optimal vitality and strength.
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