I am a big fan of Viridian. They are my first choice when it comes to supplements, and I have previously used loads of there products to boost my health. I’m also a big fan of their foody products including coconut oil, range of omega oils and beauty tea!
I was recently sent one of their newer products to try out, the Qi Ribose powder, and I wanted to try it for the full month to see how I got on with it. The powder is intended to help with energy metabolism, so it came at the perfect time for me as I was dealing with the house move which was an incredibly busy and stressful time.
Qi is the traditional Chinese term for the natural energy that flows through your body, sustaining health and vitality.
Qi Ribose is a blend of ribose, magnesium, acetyl-l-carnitine and malic acid all designed to help with the mitochondrial function- our energy powerhouses! I think most people would be aware of the benefits of magnesium, and I’m always recommending it to people, especially those who are active, or suffering with sleep issues. It is also important as a co-factor for the formation of ATP, our energy currency. The other ingredients may be less familiar so here is a brief rundown:
Ribose: Is a naturally occurring sugar which the body makes, and it is an essential part of ATP. It also helps to rebuild depleted ATP pools. It is thought to enhance energy and exercise performance as well as having heart protective benefits.
Acetyl-l-carnitine: An amino acid, that also helps with energy production in the mitochondria. The acetyl form is more bio-available to the body. It is key for muscle movement as well as heart function. Red meat generally is the best source of carnitine, so I’m not sure of how much I’d be getting naturally in my diet from other sources, although it is also synthesised from amino acid Lysine.
Malic Acid: A natural acid found in foods like apples. Is a key part of the citric acid cycle so enhances ATP production and aerobic metabolic function.
It’s in a powder, which you add to water, it’s not the most pleasant tasting thing, but it’s not awful! There are no additives, and it’s Vegan friendly. They recommend 1-2 tsp a day, as I was using more from a sporting perspective 1 tsp a day was adequate, although for heart health I think the 2 tsp would be more appropriate.
I think this is a great product, I felt brilliant during the month I was taking it. I’ve been working out hard, and had a lot going on over the last few months but I felt this really helped me through that busy period.
I also slept amazingly well when I was taking it, I’ve always been a good sleeper, but since running out of the product I notice I don’t sleep as deeply during the night. I found my digestion was brilliant while taking this too, I’m not sure if that had anything to do with this at all! The results are not something I can solely put down to the product, as there are so many varying factors, but during that month I did find I had a lot more energy, also less bloating generally and felt leaner. I unintentionally dropped a bit of weight, and whether it was due to this supplement, or not, I’m not sure, but it could have been a factor, particularly due to the carnitine content.
I think this is a really good sports performance product, and would be beneficial for anyone who is suffering with low energy, or worried about cardiovascular health. It currently retails at £24.95, and I would definitely recommend it if you are lacking in energy and need a little boost.
Disclaimer: I was sent this product for review purposes, all opinions are my own. If on medication please consult GP or pharmacist before taking supplements.