Free Domestic Shipping For Orders Over $85 And International Shipping Over $175.
PowerAmp Sports
ICON
ICON 0
  • Your shopping cart is empty!

Local Focus: Kiwi 20-year-olds Develop International Sports Drinks

by Rinku Singh | | | 0 Comments

Two 20-year-olds have developed a vegan, gluten-free, GM-free, low-sugar sports drink - it just needs to be approved by the Anti-Doping Agency.

"If people vibe with that then that's cool," Olly Ng said. "And if not at least we have had some fun doing it."

Ng and his mate Hayden Washington-Smith are just 20 years old but they've developed their own hydration drink for endurance athletes - one that contains less sugar and more sodium.

It's an idea Washington-Smith has been pondering since a high school research project. When his cycling buddy Ng heard about it, they decided to take the idea seriously.

"We saw heaps of different versions of the same product with minor differentiations and as an athlete, you sort of have to wonder 'if they all have benefits why would I not, take all of them?'" Ng said.

Pretty soon they realised there was a gap in the New Zealand market for a less sugary hypotonic hydration product.

"There are a handful of products sold in the USA but not exported overseas," Ng said.

"I've tried a few and they are effective but some of them taste super synthetic or super salty. So, we thought we'd look at formulating a better tasting, hypotonic sports drink here in New Zealand."

Not only are their dry-powder blends lower in sugar, they're gluten-free, naturally flavoured and don't contain any genetically-modified ingredients.

And the drinks are vegan because they use citrate salts such as sodium citrate and potassium citrate, which are of an organic origin.

The other part of the product beyond the electrolytes are the bio-actives such as astaxanthin and l-citrulline - also from a vegetable source.

Hayden's father Grant Washington-Smith is a nutritional physiologist, and has been the brains behind the science in formulating the products.

He trialed different formulations to give the young men a product that he reckons can help the human gut absorb water more quickly.

"It's real function is to activate certain pathways in the gut that literally pull the water out of the intestine and into the body," Grant Washington-Smith said.

"The idea is only putting enough carbohydrate and sugar into this to facilitate the absorption of both water and mineral components to get it rolling and speed up the absorption process.

"If you are perspiring a lot, you need to replace that lost hydration quickly and that's where our products come in," he said.

Over the last 18 months, there's been a lot of trial and error sampling flavours and formulations in the lab, and on the road.

They started with flavours like chilli lime and salted watermelon - but it's the simple flavours that work the best.

"I think the flavour changes with taste," Ng said. "Also your tolerance levels are way higher just coming here rather than if you're three hours deep, breathing through your eyeballs, on a bike."

The men had high hopes for PowerAmp to be a hit among high-performance athletes if their hydration products meets World Anti-Doping Agency standards.

Of course, there was a patriotic motivation behind the product too - supporting Kiwi athletes.

"A lot of our friends have made it onto Commonwealth Games teams," Ng said.

"Being able to support those guys and the next generation that could be superstars in the future, if we could figure out the nutrition and rehydration side then they have to worry about one less thing."

Calder, Hunter. "Local Focus: Kiwi 20-year-olds Develop International Sports Drinks". 27 Sep, 2018

Tags Cloud

Tags Cloud

2 Min Read, Activate brown fat, Anti-Cancer, Anti-Dopping, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Oxidant, Antibiotics, Athlete, athletes, Athletic Performance, Avoid excess adiposity, Balance your hormones, Banned Substance Tested, Be mindful of toxins, Beet Juice, Beets, Blood Glucose Monitoring, Blueberries, Boost Hydration, Build Muscle, Build Muscle Mass, Build Muscles, Calorie Maintenance, Carb Timing, Carbs, Certified Drug Free, Certified for Sport, Clean Sport, Clean Supplements, Cortisol, cravings, Crossfit, Curcumin, Cycling Nutrition, Dehydrated, Dehydration, Depression, Diet, Diet Plan, Dieticians, Diets, Digestive Health, Drug Test For Sports, Drug-Free Supplements, Drugs-Free Sports, Effects of Antibiotics, Electrolyte, Electrolyte Drink, Electrolyte Powder, Electrolytes, Elite Athletes, Elite Sports, Endurance, Endurance Athletes, Endurance Sports, Endurance Training, Everyday Sports Multivitamin, Exercise and Fitness, Fatigue Prevention, Fish Oil, Fitness, Fuelling, Fuelling a Cyclist, Fuelling during a Ride, Glucose, Glucose Levels, Glucose Monitor, Good Bacteria, Green Powder, Greens, Gut Health, Gut Recovery, Health, Health Benefits, Healthy Tips, Healthy Weight loss, Heart Health, Heat Therapy, Heat Treatment, High Curcumin, High-Intensity Exercise, Homeostasis, How to Avoid Dehydration, hunger, Hydrate, Hydrating, Hydration, Hydration Recovery, Hypotonic, Hypotonic Drinks, Hypotonic Electrolyte Re-Hydration Drink, Ice Therapy, Ice Treatment, Informed-Sport, Injury Prevention, Innovation, Intermittent fast, IV Nutrition, Leverage metabolism-boosting nutrients, Lifestyle, Low Carb, Low Carbs, Lower Blood Pressure, Magnesium, Maintenance Calories, MCL (Medial Collateral Ligament), MCL Injuries, MCL Recovery, MCL Rehab, MCL Rehabilitation, MCL Therapy, Medial Collateral Ligament Injuries, Mental Health, Metabolic Flexibility, Mindfulness, Mindfulness Mechanisms, Motivation, Motivation Monday, Multivitamin, Muscle Buiding Nutrients, Muscle Building, Muscle Building Foods, Muscle Fatigue, Muscle Growth, Muscle Pain, New Zealand, Nitrates, Nitrates for Athletes, Nitrite-enriched Foods, Nourish your gut, Nutrition, Nutrition Discoveries, Nutrition For Healing, Nutrition Tips, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Omega-3 Supplements, Optimising Nutrition, Performan, Performance, Performance Nutrition, Performance Optimization, Periodised Nutrition, PowerAMP, PowerAMP Sports, PowerAMP Sports Nutrition, PowerAMP Sports Supplements, Prevent Muscle Fatigue, Preventing Chronic Diseases, Preventing Overuse Injuries, Prevention and Wellness, Prevention Nutrition, Prevention Nutrition Tips, Prevention Strategies, Prioritize muscle health, Pro Players, Proathlete, Probiotic Solutions, Probiotic Support, Probiotics, Probiotics For Health, Probiotics For The Win, Probiotics Supplements, Protein, Put out inflammatory "fires", Rapid Hydration, Re-Hydration Drink, Recovery, Recovery Nutrition, Recovery Nutrition Tips, Recovery Strategies, Reduce Cancer Risk, reduce cravings, Refuel, Rehydrate, Repair, Revitalize, runners, Running, Running Injuries, Science, Smart Nutrition, Sports, Sports Activity, Sports Anxiety, Sports Athlete, Sports athletes, Sports Dieticians, Sports Dietitian, Sports Drug Test, Sports Endurance, Sports Hydration for Athletes, Sports Injuries, Sports Injury, Sports Lifestyle, Sports Magnesium, Sports Medicine, Sports nutrition, Sports Performance, Sports Probiotics, Sports Recovery, Sports Rehabilitation, Sports Safety, Sports Supplement, Sports supplements, Sports-Related Dehydration, Sprains, Stay Hydrated, Strains, Stress, Stress less & sleep more, Stress Management, Supplements, Supplements For Athletes, Support Clean Sport, Sweat Rate Test, Sweat Sodium Test, Sweat Test, Sweat Testing, Sweat Testing 101, Sweating, Technology, Track Glucose, Triathletes, Turmeric, Turmeric Benefits, Turmeric Curcumin, Turmeric Nutritional Supplement, Turmeric Recovery, Turmeric Supplements, Turmeric Vitamins, Vitamins, WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency), Water, Weight loss, Weight Maintenance, Wellness, Whole Foods