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Anyone else have major success with D-Ribose?

  • By Tausha

    I’ve had migraines since I was 11 years old. I’ve tried just about every preventative med, acupuncture, massage, biofeedback, mouth guards, special diets, etc with no significant lasting results. For most of my adult life, I’ve had 4-6 migraines per month. Back in February, I just happened to try an all natural energy tea that I got at a sandwich shop, and it seemed like I was getting fewer migraines when I had the drink. So, I decided to test the theory by having one drink each morning with a breakfast sandwich. In the past 4 months, drinking one drink every morning, I’ve only had one migraine and that was on a day that I was extremely dehydrated. So, that’s like a 90+% reduction in migraines for me so far. Looking at the ingredients of the energy tea, the only one I really haven’t had before on a regular basis is D-Ribose. Research shows that D-Ribose impacts the energy production in mitochondria and it has been shown in studies to have a significant reduction of symptoms in people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia – but I haven’t seen anything about its impact on migraines. I bought D-Ribose powder to try by itself – and found that it makes me really groggy if I don’t take it with carbs – which is probably why the drink works so well. I’ve never had any unusual energy problem, except right before I get a migraine. And I’ve never had all over body pain – just migraines. So, I don’t have any Chronic Fatigue or Fibro symptoms – yet, it appears that the D-Ribose has eliminated the large majority of my migraines. I’m wondering if anyone else has tried D-Ribose or found any info about why it could likely be eliminating my migraines. I know people get migraines for different reasons, but I would venture to say there have to be others like me.

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi Tausha,

    Thank you for sharing your success with us – that’s terrific! I don’t have experience with D-Ribose, but hopefully others will be along shortly to share their experience with you.

    Nancy

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  • By icorvidae

    Tausha,

    Thank you for this post. I will be looking for that tea tomorrow! As we all know, ANYTHING natural is worth a try! I’ll report results in a month or so.

    Cheryl

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  • By icorvidae

    **Just did a bit of research. It appears D-Ribose is a supplement. And not very cheap! I just ordered my second bottle of CBD oil, so will wait to try the D-Ribose, although the D-Ribose is a lot less expensive than CBD oil. Anyway…I will be back to update. 🙂

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    • By icorvidae

      Tried the D-Ribose and it didn’t help, but I was only taking 5mg a day. The CBD oil didn’t really seem to reduce migraines, but I sleep a lot better and it’s beneficial on so many levels that I am still taking it.

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    • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

      Hi icorvidae,

      Thank you for the update! I’m finding medical cannabis helpful with sleep as well.

      Looking forward to more updates!!!

      Nancy Harris Bonk, Moderator/Patient Advocate

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  • By Tausha

    I really hope D-Ribose is something that works for others as well, so I would love to hear back about your experiences. Like I said, I’ve had the best result with the all natural energy tea that contains the D-Ribose. But, it is around $2.50 per can in my area, and I do one each day, so it’s about $75 per month. However, that is what my co-pay was for prescription meds to abort the migraines I was getting. So, I’m paying about the same, and I have the added benefit of not getting the migraines in the first place. I think the D-Ribose supplement alone would be cheaper than buying the tea, but again if going that route, I would recommend making sure you take some carbs with it to prevent any grogginess from what I believe is a low blood sugar crash. The tea has honey in it, so that might be something good to combine with the supplement.

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  • By icorvidae

    Tausha,

    Thanks for the subsequent info. Would you mind listing all the ingredients in the tea. And have you tried to find in on Amazon.com? They seem to have next to everything! You may be able to save some $. But even if you are paying about the same as the medication, you are getting relief from nature! No health insurance needed. Happy to hear it.

    ~Cheryl

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  • By Tausha

    The tea is not on Amazon, but the company does sell it by the case on its website. Even with ‘free’ shipping, it’s still $2.25/can, which is a little cheaper, but several cans were dented when I received. The ingredients are: water, cane sugar, glucose, clover honey, citric acid, green tea, ribose, black tea, natural flavors and salt. Calories are only 100, which is not bad. The sugar grams listed on the tea look high, but my research shows that companies must list the sugar grams for d-ribose even though it does not impact your blood sugar in the same negative way that other sugars do.

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  • By joeyv

    Hi Tausha. I have CFS and have had a constant throbbing headache for a year, worse at night. I don’t know if it’s migraine as most of the time it’s not unbearable, just very unpleasant.
    Anyway, I started taking d ribose for energy which it helped with but it also helped A LOT with the headaches, so I was very interested to see your post. Thought you would be interested in my experience with d ribose!
    Hope you are continuing to feel better. X

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  • By roojoo

    Tausha, I’m aware I’m posting this more than a year later and probably no one is following this threat anymore. Just in case I wanted to follow up, in part because your experiences with D Ribose might have changed.

    I came across this post by actually searching whether there was something known about D Ribose and its effect on migraines. I do a lot of triathlons and whenever I do a high intensity exercises a week after I did something long and heavy (i.e., my body is depleted of a lot of things) I know I get a migraine. I’d been trying small amounts of D Ribose occasionally but now took larger amounts before an event that would usually, with 100% certainty, trigger a migraine. This time it didn’t. I still have to experiment more (will try creatine), but I do believe there is a relation between the 2.

    As for the costs, I just bought 1kg of D Ribose for maybe 30 euros. It should last a long time.

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