NASA Develops Rehydration Beverage
- Created: Saturday, 01 August 2009
To help keep astronauts at peak performance during missions, NASA researched, qualified, and patented a highly effective electrolyte concentrate formula that maintains and restores optimal body hydration levels quickly and conveniently. Developed as a remedy for dehydration, it helps prevent the loss of body fluids during heavy exercise, heat exposure, and illness. It also can be used to treat and prevent dehydration caused by altitude sickness and jetlag.
NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA, licensed the patented rehydration formula to Wellness Brands of Boulder, CO. Wellness Brands’ first electrolyte concentrate brand is called “The Right Stuff.”
“We developed the hydration formula to perform optimally under the most extreme conditions. The health of our highly trained astronauts was paramount,” explained John Greenleaf, former Ames research scientist and inventor of the formula. “With all that Americans and the government have invested in the space program and our astronauts, this is one clear way to protect and maximize that investment. And now the general public will benefit from this research as well.”
The novel electrolyte formula contains a specific ratio of key ingredients, sodium chloride and sodium citrate, for rapid restoration of hydration. These electrolytes, dissolved in water, optimize the levels of sodium ions in the body. The beverage is an isotonic formulation that restores both intra- and extra-cellular body fluid volumes in dehydrated astronauts, athletes, and others.
The formula uses all-natural flavors and citric acid, and is lightly sweetened with a small amount of sucralose (the non-carbohydrate sweetener Splenda®). It is packaged in single-serving vials that are squeezed into the beverage of your choice.
For more information, visit www.therightstuff-usa.com.