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University of Arizona study finds deep water from ocean rehydrates better

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A University of Arizona study says a new brand of water that is being sold in Arizona and other states is more effective in helping the performance of athletes.

The study says the water marketed as “Kona Deep” rehydrates people twice as fast as sports drinks and mountain spring water.

“We were looking at a carbohydrate-based drink, a purified water, and Kona Deep,” said University of Arizona Dr. Douglas Keen.  “We found that Kona Deep was absorbed most quickly by the body, and also had the most benefit for performance.”

Marketer Jamie Lyon said the drink comes from water that is found 3,000 feet below the surface of the ocean near Kona, Hawaii.   That’s where it is pumped out of the ocean and desalinated, but the water originates from several thousand miles away.

“It is basically this water that was originally melted glacier water that sunk to the ocean floor in the Atlantic,” said Lyon.  “As it flows around the globe, it collects electrolytes and minerals along the way.”

Those minerals are believed to be what makes the water more effective for rehydrating.  The study was published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Medicine.

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