CMU Professor Studying Healing Power of Pickle Juice


That jar of pickles in your refrigerator could do more than just taste good on a burger.

One Central Michigan University professor has spent years studying the healing powers that a few shots of pickle juice, or pickle brine, could have on athletes or physically active people.

“The purpose of this study is to see if their product actually works,” said Dr. Kevin Miller, a professor in the Central Michigan University Athletic Training Department.

The Pickle Juice Company makes a product that tastes just like pickle juice.

They market it as a muscle cramp relief, but are looking for the science to back that up.

“So we’re going to be inducting muscle cramps and then we’re going to give their product, as well as a sodium drink, to people and water and nothing at all and we’re going to see if pickle juice sport actually relieves cramps better than these other drinks,” said Miller.

When the company needed someone to do some research, they knew they could rely on Miller.

He says it only takes about two to three shots of the juice to be effective.

“Because there wasn’t any change in the bloods chemistry, we said this was likely because of some sort of oral pharyngeal reflex happening in the mouth,” said Miller. “There’s some kind of neurological response telling the muscle to stop cramping when you drink pickle brine.”

He says, with regular pickle brine, it takes around 90 seconds for the cramping to stop.

“For the study what we’re going to do is once you see a cramp like that, they would start drinking one of the different drinks and we are going to measure to see how long it takes for the big toe cramp to go away,” said Miller.

Miller says he looks forward to starting research in the next two weeks.

“We are excited to partner with them to test their product and we’re hopeful that a good relationships and good things can come from this testing,” said Miller.