I have been trying to get my son to drink one packet of Juven per day all summer. We have now tried both flavors (both of which I think taste fine), but he insists he hates it. Does anyone have any ideas on what to mix it with, besides 7Up or something similar? I really want him to take it consistently for awhile to see if he notices any difference.
Any thoughts would be great.

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Does he like yogurt? Could you mix it with plain or vanilla yogurt? Sam drinks his down just fine, so I'm stumped. Does he like grape juice? You could mix the grape flavor in the with the juice. Just thought of something. Is it the flavor or the little bit of grit that bothers him. Sam does complain about that.
The only way Cal (age 7) will drink it is if I put it (orange Juven) in the blender with some vanilla ice cream and some milk (I usually sneak in his liquid calcium too) and make a smoothie out of it. He is a skinny little guy so the extra calories arn't a problem for him.
Hi Regina,
We mix Juven with grape juice or orange Hawaiin Punch (depending on which flavor we use obviously :) ). I'm not sure if your son takes any pills but what we do is fill a funtainer about 1/2 way with the juice and add two packets of juven. Lucas (he is 7) uses the funtainer to swallow his pills in the morning and at night so he drinks the 1/2 container in about 3 days so not quite a package a day but close! I know it's not the healthiest but it's really the only unhealthy thing he drinks and he doesn't mind it at all so ease has to count for something!
Linda
Just curious...isn't a pack a day of Juven the adult dosage? Our Dr recommended 1000mg of Arginine and 1000mg of MHB a day. A package of Juven has 7000mg of both.
We also give him 1/3 teaspoon of creatine twice a day. He's 7 and around 50 lbs.
The adult dose is 2 packs. I did think about trying the ingredients separately, but it seemed like the arginine pills I could find were too low a dose. Do you give your son pills or powder? I tried "tasteless" arginine in his milk and he knew immediately. I have to say I tasted it and could tell also. It might have been the amount I put in though-- I was trying to come close to that 7000 mg.

Jason Gautier said:
Just curious...isn't a pack a day of Juven the adult dosage? Our Dr recommended 1000mg of Arginine and 1000mg of MHB a day. A package of Juven has 7000mg of both.
We also give him 1/3 teaspoon of creatine twice a day. He's 7 and around 50 lbs.
Hi Cindy-- just curious-- do you do this everyday? Does everyone think that maximum benefit is if you can do it everyday, but if not, every little bit helps? I don't want to torture him if he's only getting a benefit by doing it daily, when I'm starting to think I'll never achieve that goal.

cindy q said:
The only way Cal (age 7) will drink it is if I put it (orange Juven) in the blender with some vanilla ice cream and some milk (I usually sneak in his liquid calcium too) and make a smoothie out of it. He is a skinny little guy so the extra calories arn't a problem for him.
We are giving him Juven now. We give him a 1/3 of a package with his orange juice in the morning, and we give a Whey protein shake with milk at dinner. The protein drink has arginie and glutamine in it. We mix creatine with both drinks. He likes the variety.
Regina, I try to give it to him once daily if he is up for it. But I don't push it if he's not. Unfortunately, I don't think we'll ever really know how much and how often benefits our boys until a human trial is actually done. I think (?) L-arginine (is in Juven) was found to have a positive effect on muscle contraction.as per Dr. Brian Tseng and Herman Vandenburgh's research on the mini muscles. But again, wouldn't we would need a human trial to determine how much is actually right for our boys?

Regina said:
Hi Cindy-- just curious-- do you do this everyday? Does everyone think that maximum benefit is if you can do it everyday, but if not, every little bit helps? I don't want to torture him if he's only getting a benefit by doing it daily, when I'm starting to think I'll never achieve that goal.

cindy q said:
The only way Cal (age 7) will drink it is if I put it (orange Juven) in the blender with some vanilla ice cream and some milk (I usually sneak in his liquid calcium too) and make a smoothie out of it. He is a skinny little guy so the extra calories arn't a problem for him.
Our doctor (Dr Mark Tarnopolsky) has done trials of Creatine with DMD boys and found it "increases strength and body composition".
I know we are going on faith, aren't we? I do believe that physiologically it's got to help. My fear is that I could be missing out on something that could be keeping him stable, and once things start to progress, there's no going back. I am going to try all of your suggestions. I think that if he notices he feels good, he might fight me on it less.
Wish me luck!
What dose levels is he recommending?

Jason Gautier said:
Our doctor (Dr Mark Tarnopolsky) has done trials of Creatine with DMD boys and found it "increases strength and body composition".
Our son is around 50lbs and he told us 1/3 teaspoon twice a day.

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