Do I have to take D-Ribose long-term?

Published: January 3, 2013

Dear Dr. Teitelbaum,

I have been diagnosed with CFS and have started to supplement with D-Ribose, which, although I only take 2 grams 2x a day, has made a significant difference to my energy levels and well-being. I am unclear about if D-Ribose will increase energy levels for" instant use" or will it, taken over a longer period of time, also increase the energy pool at cellular level? If it doesn't increase the energy pool, would that mean I have to stay on D-Ribose long-term to be able to lead a "normal" life? Is it safe for long-term use?

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions.



Dear Sara,

It increases with effect over time. If one treats with SHINE to help the underlying problems, then the D-Ribose may be stopped after 9–18 months (though I still use it long-term, as it makes my energy better).


Dr. T

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

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