This article reviews the current literature regarding the use of ribose as an ergogenic aid. Ribose manufacturers claim that it provides ergogenic benefit, but this has not been substantiated through scientific investigations. Data have shown promise that ribose supplementation leads to enhanced restoration of ATP levels following exercise, but this has seldom translated into increased athletic performance. However, as with many ergogenic aids, additional research is needed to clarify its value as a supplement.
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Dhanoa, T.S., Housner, J.A. Ribose: More than a simple sugar?. Curr Sports Med Rep 6, 254–257 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11932-007-0041-8