Does ribose work?

Overall Effectiveness Rating for Ribose

The overall effectiveness rating for ribose is 1.3 out of 3. This rating means there is little to no evidence ribose does what it claims. Using this supplement will not lead to positive results.

Overall Confidence Rating for Ribose

There are 3 studies in the database on ribose; the confidence rating is 20. A score above 80 means the effectiveness rating for this supplement is reliable. A score under 80 means there is insufficient evidence to ensure a reliable effectiveness rating. Note, this rating is for ribose as a whole. There are also individual ratings for the claims below.

Individual Claims

The overall ratings above do no necessarily reflect each claim about ribose. Individual claims can have higher or lower ratings. For example, some supplements may have a lot of backing for one claim, but be completely useless for another. Click on claims below for more information.

Performance Claims Effectiveness Rating Confidence Rating
improve rowing performance
increase strength
improve cycling sprint performance
increase ATP levels


Title of Study
Effects of oral D-ribose supplementation on anaerobic capacity and selected metabolic markers in healthy males
No effects of oral ribose supplementation on repeated maximal exercise and de novo ATP resynthesis
Ribose versus dextrose supplementation, association with rowing performance: a double-blind study