Is D-ribose cheating?

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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?

321 · August 22, 2012 at 8:57 AM

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

6719 · August 08, 2012 at 2:18 AM


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2613 · October 17, 2012 at 7:04 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.

26202 · 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).

5150 · August 08, 2012 at 3:41 AM

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

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