Can tasty, orange Juven make your muscles bigger? Well, UAB is studying that very subject as you read this. You can bet that if it does, someone will market it for that purpose, instead of the wound healing it is used for currently; after doubling the price first, of course!

Juven, an over the counter supplement produced by big pharma company Abbott Laboratories, is being studied by the University of Alabama at Birmingham to see if it can possibly help senior citizens gain muscle mass. One would expect that if it can help old folks pack some lean meat on their bones, it could do the same for younger people as well.

Juven is an amino acid mixture that has been used to help wound healing. Juven is composed of the amino acids arginine and glutamine, combined with a metabolite of the amino acid leucine. Barbara Gower, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences and co-lead investigator of the study, indicated that she is investigating the possibility that  easier absorbtion properties of the the supplement form of  the aminos will help older people regain some muscle mass, vs getting the same nutrition in their diet through food sources.

There is no mention in UAB’s press release on the study of any sort of training program that study participants are undergoing. It would only make sense however for them to be using a resistance training program. The could even use something like exercise bands or machines with comparatively low resistance and medium-high repetitions.

Who is paying for the research? The National Institute of Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the UAB Center for Aging. Abbott Nutrition provided the supplement sans charge.

If it is successful, you can be sure that it will be the next big thing to hit your local GNC, and bodybuilders and dieters everywhere will have to try some for themselves. Why, you ask? Well, because every time there is a study like this, some supplement company seizes on the research for their marketing campaign, and you can bet Juven will be no different. If Abbott has no interest in the multi-gazillion nutritional supplement market, someone else will come up with a formula just different enough to be called some other name, and you can bet they will market it to the bodybuilders and dieters.