MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Bioenergy, Inc., the world’s leading developer of pharmaceutical and nutritional applications for ribose, a naturally occurring pentose sugar and source of cellular energy, announces that its BIOENERGY brand Ribose(TM) has gained GRAS (“Generally Recognized As Safe”) status under rules of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. As the first ribose to achieve GRAS status, BIOENERGY Ribose is the preferred source for food and beverage manufacturers seeking this energy-producing ingredient to capitalize on the growing consumer demand for energy-enhanced products.
As part of the GRAS review process, Bioenergy conducted a three-year safety study for BIOENERGY Ribose. That study, and additional information relating to the biochemistry and manufacturing process for BIOENERGY Ribose, were reviewed by a panel of independent scientific experts chaired by Dr. Joseph Borzelleca, Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Medical College of Virginia, and an internationally recognized toxicologist with more than 30 years of food safety experience. According to Borzelleca: “BIOENERGY Ribose is generally recognized as safe by scientific procedures for use as a food ingredient in amounts up to 20 grams per day.”
Bioenergy, Inc. introduced BIOENERGY Ribose in 1999, and the product is currently available in a wide variety of nutritional supplements, energy drinks and clinical nutrition products. Clarence Johnson, President and CEO of Bioenergy, Inc. states, “We are very pleased with the significant progress our company has made to date developing pharmaceutical and nutritional applications for ribose. Achieving GRAS status enables Bioenergy to immediately offer ribose to a wide variety of food and beverage customers. With its many energy-enhancing benefits, BIOENERGY Ribose is a perfect fit for a wide variety of foods and beverages looking to deliver improved or sustained energy.”
Ribose is a simple five-carbon monosaccharide, or pentose sugar, found in every cell of the body. It forms the backbone of the main energy molecule for the cell, adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Ribose is essential to life because it not only comprises ATP, it solely regulates the reactions that lead to rebuilding ATP for all cell energy production. As a functional nutritional ingredient in foods, beverages and supplements, ribose delivers consumers increased energy and endurance, faster recovery times after exercise, and significant reductions in muscle cramping and soreness.
Bioenergy, Inc. is a privately held life sciences company engaged in the research, manufacture and global commercialization of ribose-based technologies. Bioenergy has 18 issued or pending patents on ribose applications. The company is committed to advancing the use of ribose technologies to improve human cell viability, cardiovascular health, and muscle energy and recovery. Bioenergy markets its products to the pharmaceutical and nutrition industries worldwide. For more information call 1-877-4-RIBOSE or log on at www.bioenergy.com