When I first heard of Pickle Juice, I thought: wow, are we all taking a trip back to New Jersey? I’ve heard it was an effective way to recover, but I didn’t *believe it*. The short of it is, Pickle Juice is backed by scientific research to help eliminate muscle cramps and replenish electrolytes.
About the Pickle Company:
Founded in 2001, they have worked hard to perfect and expand their product since.
- In 2006, they tested products in endurance athlete and professional sports markets. In 2010, they were awarded trademarks and launched a 2.5 oz product.
- In 2012 and 2015, Extra Strength Shots had a total brand relaunch where they moved to all-natural products and sponsored a BMX team.
- Since then, they’ve moved to USDA organic, sold over 10,000, and even awarded “Top 10 Fastest Fastest-Growing Beverage Co”.
- Finally, in 2020, they launched a gallon product. That’s a whole lot of Pickle Juice.
About Pickle Juice:
The Pickle Company commits to natural ingredients. They don’t include “non-functional” ingredients in their products. They filter everything out of Pickle Juice that doesn’t serve a purpose. This makes the ingredients list in Pickle Juice short, including:
- Dual Filtered Water
- Natural Dill Flavor
- Potassium, Zinc, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E
Interestingly, Pickle Juice only has calories with zero sugar and 300 mg of sodium. It kind of reminds me of an energy shot but without the processed gunk. There aren’t a lot of sports drinks that have this. For me, I thrive on a calorie-based product during workouts but can drink zero calories during the day.
A Few More Facts:
Pickle Juice Sport replenishes electrolytes lost during activity. Not just that, but it’s also designed to relieve muscle cramps. It’s suggested to take a shot when you begin to feel muscle cramps. This could be during or after a workout.
Unlike other electrolyte mixes, Pickle Juice comes in 8 and 16-ounce bottles. This means they can fit almost anywhere. The Pickle Company even created a 2.5-ounce bottle that can be taken nearly everywhere. You don’t need to bring a big bottle with you or a container or powder to mix at some point. They also have a three-year shelf life. I appreciate how portable they are.
Pickle Juice Taste:
As you might expect, the Pickle Juice tastes just like the name suggests. I’ll come out and say it; I don’t love cucumbers or pickles. When choosing vegetables, they are one of my least desired options. As someone who lived in New Jersey, I feel like you should take my NJ credit away.
The flavor of Pickle Juice is not as strong as eating a pickle, but it’s still there. As someone who appreciates a more sweet taste during workouts, it was hard for me to want to drink this in a middle of a run. After a run, it was fine. So yes, you’ll definitely taste pickles, but it’s not as strong as eating an actual pickle.
Does Pickle Juice Work?
I decided to use Pickle Juice directly after a run and see how I felt. After a few uses, I found that my muscles did feel a lot better (especially as I got back into running). I do find I have fewer muscle cramps, and I recover a little better. Is Pickle Juice a miracle worker? No, but does it help? Yes. I also found that diluting it with water made it easier to consume.
Cost: 12 pack of 8 ounces for $19.99
While it’s not the cheapest electrolyte or recovery option, Pickle Juice is nowhere near the most expensive other. They also sell in bulk for an even cheaper option. You can get 48 for $69 and an entire gallon for $19.99. I definitely recommend trying it first to make sure you and your stomach can commit to 48 servings.
They even have a “Chaser Master Package,” which is designed for a night out. They really do have me thinking of New Jersey.
Pickle Juice Conclusion:
I like that Pickle Juice does exactly what it says with no frills. I appreciate it’s all-natural and comes in small containers to be used anytime or anywhere. It’s hard for me to stomach the flavor while working out without diluting. After runs, it’s much easier. Plus, out in California, it reminds me of my past in New Jersey (I joke, maybe). In short, I will continue using Pickle Juice because I do find a noticeable difference with fewer cramps and recovery. If you use it consistently you’ll probably notice a difference in how you recover.
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Questions for you:
Have you tried Pickle Juice?
Do you like pickles?
It wasn’t this brand, but I had pickle juice in my drop bags for my 50 miler last year. They were a seriously welcome salty flavor after all the gels/sweet snacks I had out on the trails.
I think the salt is why I really like it too Becky.
Spartan started offering pickle juice on the Super (10K) and longer races. I’m a fan; I like the tart/sour taste to cut the sweetness of gels or whatever I’m fueling with, and I appreciate the hydration/electrolytes.
I really like it too. I didn’t think I would like the sourness of the pickles but it tastes good!
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