Juven Nutrition and Tissue Building Drink Review
Juven Drink Review
I'm a high tech infusion home care nurse, wound care certified (RNWCC) who cares for multiple patients in their homes daily, many of which are battling various types of wounds. I've decided to share my knowledge and write a review of Juven nutritional supplement drink.
Juven product info
Juven drink or Juven supplement, by Abbott, the makers of Ensure.
Juven is a specialized nutrition drink (comes in powder packets) that is formulated to speed collagen production is as little as 2 weeks.
Who can Juven help:
Anyone healing from a wound, surgery or injury as well as anyone looking rebuild muscle loss due to either advanced age or inactivity.
Why it helps:
When your body needs to build tissue, a proper diet won't always be enough. Juven combines 3 ingredients that are crucial in helping your body build tissue thus aiding in skin repair.
Revigor (which provides HMB), Glutamine & Arginine.
What makes Juven effective?
Revigor (HMB) protects proteins, helping muscle to build.
Glutamine, an amino acid, helps cells produce the building blocks for new tissue growth.
Arginine, also an amino acid, increases blood flow to allow nutrients to reach affected areas quicker, while also building proteins.
This combination has now shown to be extremely effective in aiding the body to heal & build muscle.
How to take it:
Juven comes unflavored (70 calories) and flavored (80 calories). Juven is designed to be taken 2x a day and it comes in powder packets. You can mix 1 packet with 8 fluid ounces of water and ingest as a drink or mix it with your favorite beverage or food (this will obviously add calories).
Is Juven gluten free? Juven is gluten free and lactose free.
Juven substitute? I wouldn't recommend any Juven substitute. Juven has a targeted design to provide what the body needs to rebuild tissue.
Juven contraindications: While there are no side effects associated with Juven, you should take Juven with medical supervision and any change in diet can cause some diarrhea or constipation. Taking Juven in smaller doses throughout the day can help lessen those discomforts.
I first encountered Juven about 3 years ago when another nurse I work with reported seeing great results from her wound patients who had began using Juven. It was shortly after that (and a little of my own research and doctor discussion) I began telling my patients about Juven. Since I started referring Juven I have seen excellent improvement in a lot of my cases(even a lot of the tough ones) who have taken my recommendation, purchased and used Juven.
A big part of our job is to measure and document the progress of wound treatment, most insurance companies now require weekly measurements and (as most health care professionals know) in most instances will not pay if there is no improvement. So the pressure is on (and getting worse) to get our wounds to respond and when we find something that works its worth writing about (hopefully the insurance industry will catch on and cover Juven). I've even gone so far as to purchase Juven with my own money for a patient who couldn't afford to buy it himself.
His case was a stubborn stage IV pressure ulcer in the sacrum area. Male in his 20's, paraplegic as a result of an injury, living in public housing with no means to purchase Juven himself. I bought him a 2 week supply, it was to be taken 2x daily, he decided he would take it only once daily to make it last (I objected but...). well the juven lasted 4 weeks and he showed a 30% improvement (where there was none prior).
A lot of my patients who have on going wound issues (usually diabetic and pressure ulcers) really swear by it and it's very gratifying to see the improvement it brings to their lives. I'd say I've seen marked improvement in most wound cases(regardless of age) where it been used along with proper wound care, including surgical wounds as well as venous and arterial ulcers. Unfortunately, despite peoples best efforts, not every case (as all health care providers know) improves.
I will continue to recommend Juven supplement to anyone treating wounds and especially anyone being treated.
As for Juven contraindications. I know of none and I haven't had any cases with problems. I always list it with medications and discuss it with the patients physician especially if the patient has kidney disease.