How to Use Pickle Juice to Fight Muscle Cramps

Pickles.

Probably not the first word that comes to your mind when discussing performance enhancing substances.

Drinking pickle juice before or during workouts may help you kill muscle cramps.

Drinking pickle juice before or during workouts may help you kill muscle cramps.

New research, however, has shown that drinking pickle juice may be an effective way to reduce the duration of muscle cramps. In this podcast, you’ll learn how you (may) be able to use pickle juice to avoid and treat muscle cramps. You’ll also learn the real reason this research is so exciting (hint: it’s not about the pickles).

Drink Pickle Juice to Treat Muscle Cramps

0:00 – How top athletes have been using pickle juice to stop muscle cramps.

2:27 – What the science says about pickle juice and muscle cramps.

4:22 – Why would pickle juice stop muscle cramps?

5:49 – Why you shouldn’t get too excited about using pickle juice to stop muscle cramps.

6:15 — How to use pickle juice to stop muscle cramps.

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Reflex inhibition of electrically induced muscle cramps in hypohydrated humans.

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References

1. Miller KC, Mack GW, Knight KL, et al. Reflex inhibition of electrically induced muscle cramps in hypohydrated humans. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2010;42(5):953–961. doi:10.1249/MSS.0b013e3181c0647e. Abstract: http://pmid.us/19997012 | Full Text: NA

2. Miller KC, Mack GW, Knight KL. Gastric emptying after pickle-juice ingestion in rested, euhydrated humans. J Athl Train. 2010;45(6):601–608. doi:10.4085/1062-6050-45.6.601. Abstract: http://pmid.us/21062184 | Full Text: http://goo.gl/vNXUe

3. Miller KC, Mack GW, Knight KL. Electrolyte and Plasma Changes After Ingestion of Pickle Juice, Water, and a Common Carbohydrate-Electrolyte Solution. J Athl Train. 2009;44(5):454–461. Full Text: http://goo.gl/zR44z.

Comments

  1. Sean OMara says

    Nice information Armi. I recently started consuming sauerkraut juice from fermented sauerkraut with live bacterial cultures. Stands to reason that sauerkraut juice would or should work similarly plus confer the added probiotic benefit anticipated from fermented food. Thank you for helpful information!

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