Ribose is a carbohydrate with the formula C5H10O5; specifically, it is a pentosemonosaccharide (simple sugar) with linear form H−(C=O)−(CHOH)4−H, which has all the hydroxyl groups on the same side in the Fischer projection. Though it’s considered safe, some are convinced it has potentially dangerous health effects.
What Is D-Ribose?
D-Ribose is a white or slightly yellow crystalline powder. It is a pentose monosaccharide or simply known as a simple sugar. This product is known to generate and recover ATP levels and can be used to promote a healthy heart and help the body muscles recover more quickly after exercise. It can be found in health foods and other supplements.
Possible Side Effects of D-Ribose
Although D-Ribose generally regarded as a very safe and effective supplement, there can be some minor side effects. The side effects may:
- D-Ribose can cause stomach discomfort such as diarrhea, stomach pain and nausea.
GRAS Affirmation: Yes
Generally recognized as safe (GRAS) is an American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designation that a chemical or substance added to food is considered safe by experts, and so is exempted from the usual Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) food additive tolerance requirements. D-Ribose is considered safe.
Special Populations Precaution
There is a lot of concern about diet and nutrition for these population, like Newborns, children, pregnant, sensitive to D-Ribose populations. Better consult to your doctor if you would like to intake D-Ribose.
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