Grant Tinsley, PhD, assistant professor of exercise physiology at Texas Tech University, requires more evidence to prove that ribose is beneficial for chronic fatigue syndrome.
5 Emerging Benefits of D-Ribose
Written by Grant Tinsley, PhD
Updated on February 14, 2019
3. May Improve Symptoms of Certain Pain Disorders
Due to the association between some pain disorders and problems with energy metabolism, certain studies focus on whether D-ribose supplements can reduce pain (8).
In one study in 41 people with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome, improvements in subjective pain intensity, well-being, energy, mental clarity, and sleep were reported after receiving 15 grams of D-ribose daily for 17–35 days (8).
However, a noteworthy limitation of this study is that it did not include a placebo group and participants knew ahead of time that they were receiving D-ribose.
Consequently, the improvements could have been due to a placebo effect (9).