Bioenergy RIBOSE™ in Muscle Health

There are many physiological conditions that lead to a progressive loss of energy in skeletal muscle. Strenuous, intense exercise, metabolic disorders, even the effects of aging can drain energy from muscle. This loss of energy leads to a cascade of reactions that lead to muscle pain, stiffness, and fatigue.

In athletes or weekend warriors, muscle overexertion results in a condition known as delayed onset muscle soreness, or DOMS. DOMS is felt as the pain and stiffness that shows up a day or so following strenuous activity, and that may last for several days before fading away. In patients with fibromyalgia, mitochondrial dysfunction affecting energy metabolism, circulatory problems, or chronic muscle disorders the fatigue and muscle soreness related to low muscle energy reserves might not disappear on their own. In these conditions, the energy level of the cell may never be able to recover without metabolic support.

This pain and soreness can be compared to writer's cramp, a condition we have all suffered at one time or another. When we write continually for an extended period of time, we use up the energy in our finger muscles. The result is a stiffening of the muscle, making it impossible to straighten our fingers. Only by grasping the finger with the other hand and pulling it straight can we loosen the stiff muscle.

Bioenergy RIBOSE helps muscles retain their energy, or replace the energy that is lost by overexertion or metabolic dysfunction. D-Ribose is the fundamental structural building block of the cell's primary energy compound, adenosine triphosphate, or ATP. ATP cannot be made in the cell unless ribose is present in a sufficient amount to stimulate this metabolic process. Unfortunately, skeletal muscle lacks the capacity to make ribose quickly, or in enough volume to make ATP when the muscle is chronically stressed.

For athletes, this chronic stress may take the form of repeated exercise bouts. Weekend warriors may face the same challenge following a weekend of gardening or climbing up and down a ladder cleaning the gutters. As we age, the same result may come from a stroll around the block or chasing the grandchildren around the garden. But, for most of us, it may manifest simply as we struggle to rush through our daily lives.

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