February 11, 2009 Michael Roizen MD, author and Chief Wellness Officer at the Cleveland Clinic, was interviewed today. Much of his talk centered around ribose, a naturally occuring sugar compound that may help boost energy levels.
In their latest book, You: Being Beautiful — The Owner’s Manual to Inner and Outer Beauty, co-authors Mehmet Oz, MD and Michael Roizen, MD refer to ribose as one of the decade’s “real nutritional heroes” that can “turbo-charge” those who need an energy boost.
Ribose is a naturally occurring 5-carbon sugar the body uses to stimulate the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) — an essential energy compound. Although ribose is produced by the body, this energy molecule cannot be replenished fast enough during certain times of demanding exercise, stress, or as a result of many chronic diseases.
When added to foods and dietary supplements, D-Ribose enhances the body’s natural process of energy synthesis. It reduces the loss of energy during stress, and accelerates energy and tissue recovery and the management of free radicals.