Is D-ribose cheating?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 08, 2012 at 1:19 AM

Using D-Ribose for performance and recovery is like what my morning cup of coffee does to jumpstart my day. When I use just a bit before and after my workouts, I really feel a noticeable difference with energy and recovery. It is a supplement which is touted to help with chronic fatigue syndrome, which I do not have. But it sure gives me a boost a well. Supposed to "improve mitochondrial function" My question is, how exactly is this affecting my normal metabolic pathways? Any reason why I shouldn't be using it? Anyone else experimented with it?


on August 22, 2012
at 08:57 AM

I used it to no appreciable effect, but if it works for you great.



on August 08, 2012
at 02:18 AM


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on October 17, 2012
at 07:04 PM

In the context of strict Paleo, most supplements are cheats because they're highly processed. Many of us accept some leeway around this viewpoint for convenience or other reasons.



on September 05, 2012
at 12:00 PM

First question, no I do not think it's cheating. Unless you are a professional athlete where (if?) this supplement is banned.

Side effects? --

From WebMD:

Ribose seems to be safe for most people when taken by mouth for short-term use or when given by a healthcare provider intravenously. It can cause some side effects including diarrhea, stomach discomfort, nausea, headache, and low blood sugar. There isn’t enough information about the safety of long-term use. Possibly Ineffective for:Improving athletic performance. Likely Ineffective for: Improving exercise ability in McArdle's disease (a genetic metabolic disorder).


on August 08, 2012
at 03:41 AM

It's not like you're using DNP or steroids, so nah.

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