Got Energy?

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By Carlos M Viana, OMD, CCN

Everyone today seems to be concerned about energy. Our automobiles will not travel far without it.

For our primary transportation to work, we know that raw petroleum must be refined to make gasoline or diesel fuel. This produces a form of energy which moves our vehicles. In our bodies, glucose, amino acids, and fats from our food are the raw materials that must be processed by our cells into fuel. Your body’s primary manufactured fuel is Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP), which provides the energy for our body’s movement and vital functions.

Even with a good diet, your body may need additional nutritional supplementation of vitamin C, magnesium, zinc, lecithin or choline and Ribose to produce ATP or energy. Ribose is a simple sugar that is the backbone of ribo-nucleic acid (RNA) and deoxyribo-nucleic acid (DNA), the materials our body uses to pass on our genetic code from one generation to the next. DNA and RNA are also necessary daily to regenerate and repair our body’s cells. A healthy body can manufacture its own ribose from dietary sugars; however this requires a lot of energy and is a slow process. Diabetics, individuals with chronic degenerative diseases and people who lead extremely active or stressful lives are not naturally producing sufficient quantities of ribose to fully aid the body in these vital processes.

ATP moves nutrients into and waste out of the cells and gives our muscles strength or energy to move and also to relax. ATP also detoxifies your body and produces signals that stimulate hormones. Without fuel your car does not move. Similarly, without an abundant supply of ATP your body becomes stiff, and joints become sore as in arthritis.

Lupus, a disease which includes muscle loss or wasting, Chronic Fatigue Syndromes, cataracts, and autoimmune disorders like fibromyalgia are all symptoms of a deficiency of ATP due to a chronic lack of ribose. In our clinic I have seen an improvement in muscle soreness, and cramping from people with these and other conditions as well as from intensive athletic workouts by adjusting their diets and adding quality supplements, especially Ribose. In older individuals we see an improvement in muscle health and in all groups we see a reduction of debilitating fatigue.

As a board certified clinical nutritionist, I have also prescribed Ribose to heart deficiency patients that could not climb more than a couple of steps. The heart, as a muscle responds positively to Ribose supplementation that increases ATP in muscles. ATP contributes to a measurable increase in cardiovascular strength. After a week on ribose supplementation, patients have reported being able to comfortably climb a flight of stairs again.

A good diet for one’s metabolic type and supplementation with D-Ribose has been positively shown to improved health and fitness. Not only people with cardiovascular problems, but athletes who deplete their energy reserves can benefit from Ribose supplementation to reduce training cramping and soreness. Reports have shown Ribose can even lower blood sugar levels and is also known to alleviate altitude sickness and Pre Menstrual cramping.

Muscle stiffness or pain results from not only physical exertion but is generally believed to be a symptom of aging. Instead of pain medication I first do an analysis with blood or other test to check the health of the person and then make sure they are drinking sufficient amounts of water. We then recommend acupuncture treatments to relive stress and relax muscles naturally. We also use selenium and Vitamin E to help to maintain good health and, protect the integrity of muscle cells. Antioxidants, work to scavenge free radicals that damage muscle cells under stress.

Get the Point! Stiffness, fatigue or exhaustion can be an obstruction to a happy and healthy life. D-Ribose which has been shown to help your body make the energy it needs for improved health and fitness. Looking to nature and technology for new and better ways to fuel our vehicles, homes and economy is important for our health and our planet. Finding new and improved ways to improve the quality of your body’s energy source is and important place to start. Instead of soft drinks or endless cups of coffee, to keep you going, a nutritional evaluation can help you learn how to eliminate waste and make more efficient fuel for your body. Come in for an energy assessment.

CARLOS VIANA, Ph. D. is an Oriental Medical Doctor (O.M.D.) having studied in China; a US Board Cert. Clinical Nutritionist (C.C.N.), an Addiction Professional (C.Ad.), Chairperson of the Latin American Committee of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), a Rejuvenating Cell Therapist specializing in Age Management, has a weekly radio program, writes and lectures extensively. For information: VIANA HEALING CENTER, Kibaima 7, St Cruz TEL: 585-1270 Web Site:

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