You already know that sugar is enemy number one when it comes to your health. But just as there is a trans-fat that’s good for you (conjugated linoleic acid), there is a healthy sugar: ribose.

This amazing supplement is used by many to help improve recovery time after exercise. Now new research shows that it also helps alleviate the symptoms of both chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia (FMS).

In a recent study published in Arthritis Research Therapy, 41 participants with CFS or FMS took 15 grams of d-ribose daily (three doses at 5 g/dose). After 18 days, 66 percent reported significantly better energy, mental clarity, sleep, and overall well-being, as well as less pain.

Ribose dissolves easily in water, and adds a bit of sweetness. (I take mine in green tea.) But remember, it is still a sugar. So make an extra effort to stick to your low-glycemic diet if you begin taking this energy-boosting, fatigue-slaying supplement.

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Kelley Herring

Kelley Herring is the Founder & CEO of Healing Gourmet – a multimedia company that educates on how foods promote health and protect against disease. As a young adult, Kelley battled a debilitating health condition that went misdiagnosed by multiple doctors for more than a year. Finding no help from “modern medicine”, she turned to her own knowledge of biochemistry and her passion for health research. She soon learned that her symptoms were related to nutrition and within weeks, she charted a course back to health with nothing more than simple lifestyle changes and the power of the plate. The lessons she learned spawned the creation of Healing Gourmet.
Kelley is a firm believer in vigorous exercise, moderate sun exposure and delicious, healthy, home-cooked meals. She is also the creator of Healing Gourmet’s Personalized Nutrition Software and Editor-in-Chief of the Healing Gourmet book series published by McGraw-Hill including Eat to Fight Cancer, Eat to Beat Diabetes, Eat to Lower Cholesterol and Eat to Boost Fertility.