This clear, concise new book by Professor Emeritus Paul Addis discusses the importance of ribose, a naturally occurring sugar produced in the body from glucose. This slowly produced sugar is the structural backbone of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the energy molecule that powers all the body's cells, and is a pivotally important part of DNA, the body's information library known as the genetic code. Ribose has received increased attention recently because research has shown that, although it is essential for literally thousands of functions in all the cells and tissues, it is in short supply in the body. The sudden interest in ribose is also fueled by the constant stress many people now live with. Stress depletes the body's stores of ribose, and they can't be naturally replaced fast enough to maintain optimal health. The author says that restoring adequate levels of ribose to the body through supplementation is extremely beneficial in treating or preventing disorders such as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, congestive heart failure, and ischemic heart disease. With brain metabolism and neurological disorders, people who have Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease have shown demonstrablly low levels of ATP. Supplementing with ribose has raised these lowered levels, and accoding to one theory, has even boosted the energy of brain tissue. Ribose also acts to control appetite and weight gain, and helps the body maintain a normal blood-sugar level, making it useful in treating diabetes. Another major benefit is how well it protects muscles from fatigue and soreness when they have been pushed to the limit in exercise. Ribose is a true rejuvenator that enhances health and wellness, and one small daily dose will give you more energy, help you think more clearly, and make you feel less pressured than you ever dreamed possible.