As part of NASA’s program to develop tools for astronaut training and living in space, researchers at NASA’s Ames Research Center have developed a new hydration beverage that will rival Gatorade, itself originally created for the Florida Gators football team. The recipe has been licensed to a private firm, Wellness Brands, that will sell it under the name The Right Stuff.
From a NASA statement:
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, Moffett Field, Calif., licensed the patented rehydration formula to Wellness Brands Inc., Boulder, Colo. Wellness Brands plans to launch its first electrolyte concentrate brand, ‘The Right Stuff’ in June 2009.
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 extracellular body fluid volumes in dehydrated astronauts, athletes and others.
Press release: NASA Develops Rehydration Beverage