Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Has anyone tried taking D-ribose supplements?

I've read about this natural sugar supplement for improving energy in CFS and fibromyalgia from several different sources. I've been meaning to try it for a few months, but there have been too many other things going on - finishing Valtrex, starting Lyme treatments, etc. Now I'm finally at a point where things seem stable (for the moment!) and my underlying infections have been treated, so I'm going to try it.

From what I've read, D-ribose is normally synthesized by a healthy body to help rebuild energy. Since CFS messes up our metabolism and energy production, our bodies can't make enough D-ribose on their own. I've read about many people with CFS and FM who say D-ribose helped.

So, I just ordered some of the powder, and I'm going to give it a try. I'll let you know how it goes. Has anyone else tried this? If you have, I'm interested to hear if it's helped or not.


Amy Bennett said...

I have not heard of this treatment at all. Have you tried it yet?!?

Sue Jackson said...

Hi, Amy -

Now that my Lyme symptoms are back, and I'm back on antibiotics for another couple of months, I'll have to wait to try the D-ribose. I want to try it when there's nothing else unusual going on, so I can accurately assess whether it helps or not and if it causes any side effects. But, when I do try it, I'll write about it in my blog!