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Pickle Juice For Sport Cramps?

By Justin Chan | March 16, 2012

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Photo: sakuraboy

Although Gatorade and other kinds of energy drinks are a common source of rehydration for athletes, one particular preservative juice is becoming a more popular alternative. Pickle juice, which usually consists of water, salt, calcium chloride, vinegar and dill, has been frequently used to boost athletic performance and maintain stamina. Athletes and sports trainers have long considered its effects to be conducive to improving one’s game and reducing fatigue, but there was rarely any scientific evidence that backed up such claims until two years ago. Consuming pickle juice, at first, seemed more like a meaningless trend than a proven formula, but more and more studies have recently shown that the practice has some merits.

In 2010, The New York Times reported that a group of students from Brigham Young University conducted a study to see whether pickle juice had any effects on athletic performance. Ten male students exercised on a semi-recumbent bicycle that only worked the leg muscle. Read More

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