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A 29-year-old male asked:

can 4500mg of d-ribose help with energy or muscle aches from cfs or fibromyalgia?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No: D ribose forms the backbone of molecules essential to metabolism but there is no evidence at all with regard to oral supplement having any effect I'm increasing the production of energy necessary for body processes. The FDA cannot control what OTC drug pushers claim. This one is particularly phony
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Provided original answer
D- ribose has been proven useful in 2 metabolic disorders--myoadenalate deaminase deficiency and Intravenously for Mcardle's disease. There is insufficient evidence for its use in CFS. When a purine and pyrimidine are coupled with ribose they form nucleosides necessary for RNA production, and when phosphorylated they are become the nucleotides adenine, guanine, thymine, cytosine, and uracil.
Oct 6, 2015
Dr. Christine Hom
Pediatrics 30 years experience
Could help: It has been used to treat CFS, but I do not know of any controlled trials. It's a type of sugar. For comparison, 4500mg of sucrose (table sugar) is a teaspoon.

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