Ribose is a five-carbon-monosaccharide that is produced by the body. It is critical at the cellular level for the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate). ATP is the compound that muscles including the heart need for all physical activity. Strenuous exertion or stress uses ATP faster and therefore recovery is based on Ribose being available to replace ATP. It is also the building block for DNA and RNA in our bodies.
The process of cellular energy production and recovery takes longer as we grow older, because the body produces less Ribose as we age, so it takes longer to recover and muscles tend to remain sore for a longer period of time. Ribose helps remove lactic acid from sore, stressed muscles. D-Ribose is a clinically proven muscle recovery supplement and has been shown in several studies to decrease recovery time after strenuous exercise and prevent the onset of soreness. Maxelence MVP has 1 gram of Ribose per serving. It shows on the Supplement Facts as sugar, but has a negative glycemic index and does not raise blood sugar levels.