Integrative life science company Bioenergy, Inc. has achieved GRAS status (generally recognized as safe) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its core energy nutrient D-ribose, a naturally occurring monosaccharide the body uses to stimulate the synthesis of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) -- an essential energy compound.
"The FDA's written response that it has reviewed the submitted safety evidence and has no questions about the GRAS determination for D-ribose is the government's highest recognition of a food ingredient for safety and purity," said Raj Khankari, Ph.D., CEO of Bioenergy, Inc. The company has held "self-affirmed" GRAS status for years. "Today, we are gratified that the FDA has officially validated our assessment."
"The FDA's 'no questions letter' signals to the major food and beverage manufacturers that we have invested all the resources possible to guarantee the quality and safety of our D-ribose products for the benefit of customers and consumers."
Bioenergy has amassed a large body of scientific literature regarding uses of ribose for people across all age and health categories. The company has more than 40,000 customers for its proprietary Corvalen products alone, and millions worldwide use Bioenergy ribose in other products. It is commonly found in functional foods like energy bars (Detour, FastFuel, Marathon) and beverages (SoBe Adrenaline Rush, Vitamin Water, Snapple Antioxidant Water). Currently, Bioenergy D-ribose is included as an ingredient in approximately 100 products.
In larger quantities as a Medical Food, D-Ribose also has been shown to assist patients with compromised heart function and is also widely used by patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Fibromyalgia (FMS).
Bioenergy, Inc. (http://www.bioenergy.com) is a privately held, Minneapolis-based life sciences company whose core technology lies in the development and commercialization of products based on the physiological benefits of D-ribose for health and wellness. In addition to a pharmaceutical subsidiary, Bioenergy has two other companies. Bioenergy Life Science, Inc. manufactures and sells D-ribose as an ingredient to nutraceutical firms for beverages and foods; as a medical food through doctors and clinics; and as a dietary supplement for energy recovery (reduces fatigue, muscle pain, soreness and stiffness following exercise). Viacell, LLC is developing technology related to the enhancement of blood components.