By Adrienne Dellwo in Very Well.
D-ribose is a supplement that’s sometimes recommended for people with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Also called ribose or Beta-D-ribofuranose, it is a type of sugar that your body produces naturally. It plays several important roles in your body:
- it helps produce energy in the form of ATP (adenosine triphosphate)
- it’s a building block of the genetic material RNA (ribonucleic acid)
- it help increase your muscle energy
As with most supplements, we don’t have enough high-quality research to draw a lot of conclusions about it.
D-Ribose for Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
We have very little research on d-ribose supplementation for either fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome. Still, some health-care providers recommend it, and some people with these conditions say it is an effective part of their treatment regimen.
One small study concluded that d-ribose supplementation significantly improved symptoms of these conditions, including:
- increasing energy levels
- improving sleep quality
- improving mental clarity
- lowering pain intensity
- improving overall well being
However, this work is preliminary and we need more research to confirm the findings.
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