Dan Pfaff, a friend of mine that happens to be a legendary coach and very wise man, sent me an article about muscle cramps and it occurred to me that this is something that could help a lot of people that suffer from chronic muscle cramps during competition.
How to solve muscle CRAMPING:
Despite popular opinion, (and sales campaigns of sport drink companies) cramps do not come solely from electrolytes depletion, it's more complicated than that. Electrolytes play a large role in performance and are not to be taken lightly, however, on the subject of cramps their is another culprit.
Muscle cramps are actually distorted neural signaling between an athlete’s muscles and the spine. The miscommunication between the two causes the misplaced firing that locks an athlete up. When you’re fatigued, the motor reflex responsible for sending a “relax” signal to the spine becomes tired. When this happens, the “contract” signal keeps firing, and muscles become stuck.
It has be proven in research that pickle juice and mustard can help defeat cramps. They contain molecules called ion-channel activators, which trigger nerves in the digestive system. These activators are why spicy foods feel hot. Just don’t expect it to taste like your favorite energy gel.
The activators in pickle juice and mustard simultaneously calm nerves in other parts of the body that are responsible for muscle contraction.
So- if you or an athlete you know is prone to cramping have them mix up some pickle juice with mustard and your chances of cramping up are minimal at best.
A Nobel Prize–winning neuroscientist and a Harvard neurobiologist are to credit for discovering the antidote.
MacKinnon and Bean, with their team, have poured over 80 million dollars into research on the subject matter.
Enjoy you mustard and pickle juice!
APEC Founder I President