Q&A: Drinking pickle juice may reduce muscle cramp severity in patients with cirrhosis

Pickle juice consumed at the onset of muscle cramps improved severity but did not prevent future cramps in patients with cirrhosis, according to research published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.
In a randomized trial, researchers instructed 74 patients with cirrhosis (mean age, 56.6 years; 54% men) and a history of more than four muscle cramps per month to either sip pickle juice or tap water at cramp onset. Studied outcomes included change in cramp severity measured by the Visual Analog Scale (VAS, scored 0-10), proportion of days with cramps scored less than 5 on VAS, change in

Pickle juice consumed at the onset of muscle cramps improved severity but did not prevent future cramps in patients with cirrhosis, according to research published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.
In a randomized trial, researchers instructed 74 patients with cirrhosis (mean age, 56.6 years; 54% men) and a history of more than four muscle cramps per month to either sip pickle juice or tap water at cramp onset. Studied outcomes included change in cramp severity measured by the Visual Analog Scale (VAS, scored 0-10), proportion of days with cramps scored less than 5 on VAS, change in