Science proves the value of pickle juice

That traditional jar of pickles on the list table is not just a superstition or a tasty snack. It turns out that, as athletes have long believed, pickle juice is effective at relieving exercise-induced muscle cramps.

Scientists at Brigham Young University induced leg cramps in a group of male volunteers after exercise. The men who drank pickle juice recovered faster from the cramps than those who drank either water or nothing.