What Is Ribose?

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Ribose is a monosaccharide, a kind of sugar that is essential in energy production in our cells.

Ribose plays many roles in metabolism.

Ribose is often used in the food industry.

But it is also a common supplement and is used in medicine.

Ribose Is A Simple Sugar

Ribose is a naturally occurring monosaccharide found in cells.

It means that ribose is a simple sugar. (source )

In some cases, ribose can be obtained from natural sources, but in many cases, it is an essential nutrient that must be provided in the diet.

Ribose In The Body

Ribose is essential in energy production. Without sufficient energy, cells cannot maintain integrity and function. (source )

In the body, ribose is used as an energy source, as well as a component in the biosynthesis of nucleic acids, proteins, and carbohydrates.

Ribose is found particularly in mitochondria.

Mitochondria are among the most important organelles in cells.

Mitochondrial dysfunction can produce extreme fatigue and other symptoms. (source )

Uses Of Ribose

Ribose is often used in the food industry, such as in infant formulas.

Ribose has been shown to be beneficial for the treatment of anemia, leukemia and other blood disorders.

Supplement Of Ribose

Ribose is used as a supplement for many different pathologic conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and myocardial dysfunction. (source )

Ribose supplements have also been tried out for depression. Because ribose seems to have a powerful positive effect on mood.

This is especially true if the supplement is taken in the early stages of a depressive episode.

Sara Niemelä

co-founder Care Omnia, Head Content Creator

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Nutrition is my passion. I've spent thousands upon thousands of hours reading, analyzing, categorizing and comparing research studies.

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