Ribose is a five-carbon sugar that is essential for cellular metabolism. Produced by the human body, it is used for the production of nucleic acids (RNA and DNA) and the energy “currency” for all life, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) 1.


This ingredient can be found in the following products in United States:


  1. Ensminger AH, Ensminger ME, Konlande JE, Robson JRK. The Concise Encyclopedia of Foods and Nutrition. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press, 1995.