What is D-ribose?

Category: Supplements

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See also: D-ribose w/magnesium

D-ribose is a naturally occurring sugar that is thought to generate the recovery of ATP levels, helpful for athletes, cardiovascular health, fibromyalgia and muscle health.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Fatigue 42 24
Fibromyalgia 22 13
Post exertional fatigue or malaise 10 5
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 9 6
General health 6 0
Loss of energy 4 3

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 2
Moderate 2
Mild 4
None 33

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with D-ribose

Side effect Patients
Shakiness 2
Diarrhea 1
Difficulty falling asleep 1
Hair growth increased 1
None 1
Stomach pain 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking D-ribose

Dosage Patients
15 g daily 2
3 g twice daily 1
5 g twice daily 1
15 mg daily 1
500 mg daily 1
750 mg daily 1
775 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking D-ribose

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 12
Expense 9
Other 4
Side effects too severe 3
Course of treatment ended 2
See all 24 patients who’ve stopped taking D-ribose

Duration

Currently taking D-ribose

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped taking D-ribose

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 17
Usually 18
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 8
A little hard to take 14
Not at all hard to take 18
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 4
$25-49 16
< $25 10
Not specified 10
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2 patient evaluations for D-ribose

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gridly1
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gridly1
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Most
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: Most
Stickman: all
Description:F57y
CFS:?y
FM:8y Dx
I am: b
I have:
ME/CFS

See gridly1's full D-ribose history

Jan 15, 2014 (Started Nov 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Fatigue)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1 other Daily
Advice & Tips: I took Ribose capsules every day for years. Then I only took the powder in my smoothies. I have not AK tested well for Ribose since Jan '14.

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Abby Road
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Abby Road
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Most
Fatigue: All
Sleep: Some
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: Some
Stickman: most
Description:F49y
FM:14y Dx
CFS:5y Dx
I am: b
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See Abby Road's full D-ribose history

Jul 1, 2011 (Started Feb 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Support brain health)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Fatigue)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 3 other Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
Last updated:
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