For a Better Energy Drink, Try Ribose

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Hi, I'm Dr. Kevin Soden. Here's a little tip for you to get more energy. When your energy is lagging, it's tempting to reach for an energy drink. Problem is, most of the effects of energy drinks only offer a short term boost. Their sugar and caffeine combo let you down fast so you'll want another and then another, that's why people get hooked on energy drinks.

If you really need an energy boost, instead of energy drinks, try something entirely different. Ribose. It's actually a sugar but a different kind of sugar. Ribose is made in your body, where it's used to build key energy molecule, you can get it as a supplement. Daily doses of Ribose gives a real boost to people with Fibromyalgia, a chronic fatigue syndrome, disease as characterized by exhaustion.

The only side effect of Ribose, is that some people feel too much energy. To give Ribose a try, start with 500 milligrams three times a day for a week and see how you feel. Try mixing it into a smoothie or tea, it has a somewhat sweet taste. I'm Dr. Kevin Solden. For more ways to boost your energy, watch all our health smarts videos.