Adrienne Dellwo, a journalist and fibromyalgia patient, and Grant Hughes, MD, a board-certified rheumatologist and head of rheumatology at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center, believe that there little scientific evidence to prove that ribose can help manage chronic fatigue syndrome.
A Type of Sugar to Treat Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
By Adrienne Dellwo
Medically reviewed by Grant Hughes, MD
February 01, 2020
D-ribose is a supplement that's sometimes recommended as a treatment for people with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Also called ribose or Beta-D-ribofuranose, it's a type of sugar that your body produces naturally and is readily available in supplement form.
D-ribose plays several important roles in your body, such as:
- Helping produce energy in the form of ATP (adenosine triphosphate)
- Serving as a building block of the genetic material RNA (ribonucleic acid)
- Helping increase your muscle energy
As with most supplements, we don't have enough high-quality research to draw a lot of conclusions about it as a treatment for these conditions.