For those who test negative on D-Ribose, we have theorized that it means mitochondrial energy production is impaired in some way.
D-Ribose is needed to utilize the energy molecule ATP so not needing D-Ribose is akin to saying there is not enough ATP to need it. That’s the theory and it has been borne out.
Four of those who tested negative on D-Ribose had or had had Lyme Disease. Perhaps the various bacteria or their byproducts are imparting the mitochondrial function.
Two newly-administered NST results give us more information.
In one test result, D-Ribose tested negative and Tryphonia (or 5HTP) tested positive confirming that mitochondria were not producing sufficient ATP. Nutrients supporting Mitochondrial Energy Production include oxygen, magnesium, L-carnitine and coenzyme Q10. Oxygen was a factor with sleep apnea present. Magnesium was also a factor but Vitamin K2 was deficient too and so magnesium absorption would be impaired.
Very tricky to tease out the connections!
In the other test, D-Ribose tested negative but in this instance Tryphonia was neutral but alpha lipoid acid came up positive.
When I looked up the alpha lipoid acid in Gaby’s ‘Natural Nutrition’, he says that alpha lipoid acid is a cofactor for mitochondrial enzymes. We have been aware that alpha lipoid acid is an aid to the liver but not the connection to mitochondria. We have also been wary of alpha lipoid acid’s ability to mobilize mercury because one must prevent redeposition of the mercury in even worse places like the brain.
So if you have tested negative on D-Ribose and positive on alpha lipoid acid, you have both an opportunity and a challenge. Check your mercury status before taking any action on alpha lipoid acid to improve your mitochondrial energy situation. There are strategies for dealing with mercury.
Mitochondrial eergy is very important for the heart muscle so it is worth checking out.