The Science Behind Pickle Juice



Do you suffer from muscle cramps? Choose Pickle Juice! Here's why...


A scientific study conducted in 2010 by Dr. Kevin Miller at North Dakota State University proves the efficacy of pickle juice in the instant relief electrically induced muscle cramps. 


> Introduction: Anecdotal evidence suggests that ingesting small volumes of pickle juice relieves muscle cramps within 35 seconds of ingestion. 


> Methods: On two different days (1 week apart), muscle cramps were induced in the flexor hallucis brevis (FHB) of hypohydrated male subjects (approximately 3% body weight loss and plasma osmolality approximately 295 mOsm x kg(-1) H2O) via percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation. Thirty minutes later, a second FHB muscle cramp was induced and was followed immediately by the ingestion of 1 mL x kg(-1) body weight of deionized water or pickle juice (73.9 +/- 2.8 mL).

> Results: Cramp duration and FHB EMG activity during the cramp were quantified, as well as the change in plasma constituents. Cramp duration (water = 151.9 +/- 12.9 s and pickle juice = 153.2 +/- 23.7 s) and FHB EMG activity (water = 60% +/- 6% and pickle juice = 68% +/- 9% of maximum voluntary isometric contraction EMG activity) were similar during the initial cramp induction without fluid ingestion (P > 0.05). During FHB muscle cramp induction combined with fluid ingestion, FHB EMG activity was again similar (water = 55% +/- 9% and pickle juice = 66% +/- 9% of maximum voluntary isometric contraction EMG activity, P > 0.05). However, cramp duration was 49.1 +/- 14.6 s shorter after pickle juice ingestion than water (84.6 +/- 18.5 vs 133.7 +/- 15.9 s, respectively, P < 0.05). The ingestion of water or pickle juice had little impact on plasma composition 5 min after ingestion.

> Conclusions: Pickle juice, and not deionized water, inhibits electrically induced muscle cramps in hypohydrated humans. This effect could not be explained by rapid restoration of body fluids or electrolytes. We suspect that the rapid inhibition of the electrically induced cramps reflects a neurally mediated reflex that originates in the oropharyngeal region and acts to inhibit the firing of alpha motor neurons of the cramping muscle. 


> In laments terms: When studied under controlled scientific conditions - muscle cramps of under-hydrated humans were almost instantly cured with the ingestion of our patented Pickle Juice. This is an amazing find that can benefit not only sports community, but anyone who suffers from muscle cramps!


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So how is pickle juice different than pickle brine at the market?


The liquid you will find in store bought pickle jars, known as pickle brine, is completely different than our patented Pickle Juice formula. Here's how...

  • Pickle Juice is a purposefully built sports drink that DOES NOT use pickle brine or any pickles at all to make the product

  • Pickle Juice uses scientifically backed neurological inhibitors that work to block the neurological response that causes a muscle cramp

  • Pickle brine found in store bought pickle jars, or even home-made, does not contain the same inhibitors found in our patented Pickle Juice formula

  • Pickle Juice's patented formula contains NO sugars, artificial flavorings, or colors found in store-bought pickles, thus rendering a much cleaner and healthier product than common pickle brine


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