Creatine and D-Ribose Energy Stack
Ribose and Creatine Combo
First there was Creatine, which delivers incredible
results when used properly combined with good workouts and good
supplementation. Then came Ribose, almost like a sister of creatine,
providing abundant amounts of energy, and also delivering fantastic
weight gain results for many. Then, somebody has the bright idea
of stacking Creatine and Ribose, and the results as experienced
by many has been terrific. Read about Ribose
information and Ribose review here.
Although still not 'main stream', the Creatine
and Ribose combo is gaining popularity with many athletes - simply
for the potential amounts of energy this stack can generate. Let's
take a look at how.
Stacking Creatine and Ribose
If you're familiar with Creatine, you'll know
that Creatine increases the amount of ATP (adenosine triphosphate)
in your body, which provides energy for short and powerful bursts
of movement. ATP becomes ADP (adenosine diphosphate) by releasing
a phosphate, and this creates the energy used by your muscles.
This lasts for about 10 seconds, after which more ATP is needed.
This is where Creatine comes in.
Creatine phosphate gives its phosphate to the
ADP which then creates another ATP - kind of like recycling ADPs
in a sense. I won't go into details about Creatine here. Read
Monohydrate in this article.
D-Ribose on the other hand, also increases the
ATP in your body, but in different ways than Creatine. Where Creatine
help replace the lost Phosphate to recreate the ATP, Ribose is
an actual building block of ATP. In an ATP, there's a base called
adenine, a ribose, and a phosphate chain. Without Ribose, you
can't make ATP at all.
During intense exercise, your ATP pools decrease
dramatically, and it can take up to 4 days for you body
to rebuild the ATP reserves for peak performance. Your body
can't make Ribose quick enough to meet your energy demands,
and this is exactly why you need to supplement Ribose.
some ribose studies highlighted here.
So Why Stack Creatine and Ribose?
If it's not already clear why, let's clear up
that last piece of question mark. ;-) Creatine and Ribose both
supplement you with loads more ATP, but in COMPLETELY different
ways. Creatine 'recycles' used ADP into ATP, and Ribose is an
actual building block of ATP. Without Ribose, there's no ATP,
and without creatine phosphate, there's no 'recycling' of the
ADP into ATP.
Even though you can supplement creatine for
a great level of energy boost, there are much more energy molecules
being lost, from which no matter how much Creatine you use, without
these energy molecules, your Creatine supplementation is useless
So now do you see how Ribose and Creatine are
such a perfect stack supplementing each other? Where the Ribose
allows more production of ATP, and the Creatine allowing the re-production
of ATP (from ADP). With the extra ATP being produced, you get
the most of your Creatine 'recycling' these energy molecules.
2 Ribose products are recommended: EAS RiboForce
HP and MuscleLink Ribose Size. They are both different, and meet
EAS RiboForce HP is a mixture of many ingredients,
with the two main ingredients being Ribose and Creatine. You see,
they're making good use of the Ribose and Creatine stack, which
delivers excellent results. If you're currently not taking Creatine,
but considering it, you may find RiboForce HP can give you that
extra oomph in your workouts.
If you're already supplementing Creatine, then
either MuscleLink's Ribose Size or Jarrow Ribose 100g should work
great stacked with your creatine. It's a pure form of Ribose with
nothing else added.
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You can read
our review of both Ribose supplements here.