Drinking pickle juice has become popular over the past few decades for combating muscle cramps. Some scientists believe that a mouth reflex triggered by the juice sends signals to the nerves to stop the cramps. An eright fluid ounce (one cup) serving of pickle juice contains approximately:
- Calories: 15–200
- Protein: 0–1 gram
- Fat: 0–1 gram
- Carbohydrates: 0–47 grams
- Fiber: 0–1 gram
Here’s a look at 10 healthy benefits of drinking pickle juice.
- About 1/3 cup of pickle juice is all it took to have this effect. Pickle juice relieved cramps more than drinking the same amount of water. It also helped more than drinking nothing at all. This could be because the vinegar in pickle juice may help with rapid pain relief. Vinegar may help stop nerve signals that make tired muscles cramp.
- Pickle juice contains a lot of sodium. It also has some potassium. After a sweaty or lengthy exercise session, sipping some pickle juice can help your body recover to its normal electrolyte levels more quickly.
- Pickle juice contains no fat, but it can have some calories. It can have anywhere from zero to 100 calories per 1-cup serving.
- Pickle juice has significant amounts of vitamins C and E, two key antioxidents. Antioxidants help shield your body from damaging molecules called free radicals.
- Pickle juice contains lots of vinegar. Consuming a little bit of vinegar every day may help you lose weight.
- The vinegar helped regulate blood sugar levels after the meal in people with type 2 diabetes.
- Fermented foods are good for your digestive system. They encourage the growth and healthy balance of good bacteria and flora in your gut.
- Bacteria in your mouth can cause bad breath. Both dill and vinegar have antibacterial properties. This potent combination may help freshen your breath after you drink pickle juice.
Here are some factors to consider before adding it to the diet:
- High in sodium: too much salt can lead to water retention, swelling and bloating.
- High blood pressure: Fluid retention from consuming large amounts of salt can increase blood pressure.
- Indigestion: Drinking too much pickle juice can lead to gas, stomach pain, and diarrhea.
- Cramps: Some doctors are concerned that consuming pickle juice could actually cause electrolyte imbalances and make cramps worse. However, studies do not support this.
- Water retention: The high sodium content in pickle juice can accumulate over time if not tregulated, and this can cause excessive water retention. Water retention can cause edema, and als lead to weight gain.
Pickle juice has great benefits on the body, and if taken moderately will produce little or no side effects. If you have a medical condition that may require you to double check your diet, it is recommended that you see your dietitian before drinking pickle juice.