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Pickle juice, mustard curb leg cramps

Muscle cramps put athletes in pickle

By Jeff McGaw, MSBL On-Line

Heat, sweat, and fatigue from overuse usually leads athletes to a familiar and painful outcome -- muscle cramps, and while trainers will often hand you a Gatorade and give a speech about electrolytes, some less conventional types head for the condiment aisle.

When it comes to defeating muscle cramps there is quite a bit of anecdotal evidence suggesting that mustard can quickly and decisively stem the contractions.

Mustard However, a better-known, and much more talked about solution to cramps involves pickle juice.

That craze got a boost thanks to a National Football League showdown at Texas Stadium between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 3, 2000 – a date now referred to by some as "the pickle juice game.”

The Eagles, encouraged by their trainer to ingest pickle juice prior to and during the game, were able to stave off the effects of a 109-degree day where temperatures on the artificial surface soared way beyond that. While the Cowboys wilted, the pickle-juiced Eagles flew on offense and defense and took home a 41-14 win.

Chalk one up for pickle eaters.

All of these home remedies can be found in the refrigerator or at the supermarket. An eight ounce bottle of French's cost around $2, you can spend much more. Pickles are relatively cheap and, like mustard, taste good on your sandwich.

If, however, you're in the spending mood, there are people who will take your hard – earned dollars for their natural products.

Caleb Treeze Organic Farm Products offers cleverly named "Stops Leg, Foot and Hand Cramps.” The product is a "carefully balanced mixture of certified organic unfiltered raw apple cider vinegar, juice from the ginger plant and just the right amount of all natural garlic juice in special combination so as to achieve almost instant relief from leg, foot and hand cramps,” according to its Website Stoplegcramps.com.

For $13.97, plus $5.99 shipping and handling, you can buy an eight-ounce bottle of the elixir which can either be ingested or rubbed directly onto the cramping muscle. The product is also available in some Amish retailers in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Florida.

A 12-pack of 16-ounce bottles of "Pickle Juice Sport” will run you in the neighborhood of $18.


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