Our Story

Our history is rooted in over 20 years of collaborative medical research between Flinders and Yale Universities. Our research team’s original goal was to create a better oral rehydration solution (ORS) treat severe dehydration in developing countries. In setting out on quest to save millions of lives lost through severe dehydration from diseases like cholera and rotavirus, our research team developed something truly remarkable. Their efforts focused on enhancing total fluid absorption in the body by tapping into the underutilised potential in the large intestine to absorb up to 6L of fluid per day. Using a special resistant starch (RS), our research team developed a patented RS-ORS, which was able to enhance hydration and improve health outcomes by 39% compared with the World Health Organisations’ recommended ORS[1].

Through a joint venture between Flinders University and the Adelaide Football Club, we then identified the technology’s application potential to enhance elite athlete hydration and performance. The two-part PREPD sports hydration system was then developed by adapting our ground-breaking medical research to meet the hydration needs of athletes. In 2014, we ran a clinical trial with the Adelaide Crows with the hypotheses that PREPD might; 1) improve starting hydration, 2) enhance fluid absorption during exertion, and 3) increase rehydration in recovery. We couldn’t be more excited to share the full results from this trial, which we expect to be published in early 2018. Sign-up to our e-newsletter below to stay tuned for more news here, but suffice to say we were able to game-changing hydration results with similar benefits to what we were able to achieve in a medical dehydration setting.

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10655529

Professor Graeme Young

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