What is D-ribose?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
When we’re in a bad mood, we often reach for sugary sweets for comfort. Ironically, these same sweets can lead to an even worse mood. Your body has to release insulin to absorb processed sugars, which, in turn, lowers your natural blood-sugar level, causing fatigue and crankiness. To combat the vicious sugar cycle and ease tension, try a sugar alternative called D-ribose. Ribose is a natural sugar that activates the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the major source of energy used by cells. Athletes use D-ribose to help performance, and research has shown it may help speed recovery of the heart and improve blood flow.

This all-natural sugar -- available for $16 in health food stores -- can be taken in pill or powder form. Try sprinkling about 2000 mg in your coffee or tea to kick-start a good mood.

This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com.

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