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A new study has revealed that pickle brine might be more effective than sports drinks at treating muscle cramps, confirming a longstanding assumption in the sports world. Football players, cyclists and triathletes have been sipping dill-flavored drinks, including bottles of The Pickle Juice Company, for years. Those who downed the brine stopped complaining of cramping within 85 seconds — about 37 percent faster than the water drinkers and 45 percent faster than when they didn’t drink anything at all.
Dr. Kevin Miller, the lead author of the study, told the Times he thinks pickle brine helps cure cramps because it triggers a nerve reaction. In fact, pickle brine seemed to ease cramp pains so quickly that he doubts it even had time to leave athletes’ stomachs before it started to work. Instead, Miller and the other researchers argued that pickle juice might spark some kind of “neurally mediated reflex” that helps give the right cues to misfiring muscles, which are thought to cause cramps.