Below we take an in-depth look at Max Muscle Cleanse & Lean, to see whether it can act as an effective laxative and diuretic, and to examine whether the manufacturer is promoting these limited effects in an honest way.
Max Muscle Cleanse & Lean is a product that is intended to provide laxative and diuretic effects. Seemingly marketed at bodybuilders and athletes, the product is intended to be used as a means of losing water weight and bloat temporarily, with some customers reporting that they take it before competitions or photo sessions.
Alongside these more clear-cut benefits, the manufacturer also claims that the product helps to promote digestive and urinary tract health by promoting regular bowel movements. They also claim that the product can be used as a weight loss and muscle building aid.
Cleanse and Lean is manufactured and sold by Max Muscle Sports Nutrition, a relatively big player in the sports supplement market. Max Muscle’s products are sold in a number of franchised stores found throughout the United States, and seems to enjoy a good reputation for quality amongst bodybuilders and athletes.
Like most laxatives, Max Muscle Cleanse & Lean’s effects come with side effects when customers attempt to rely on them. Using laxatives regularly comes with the risk of dependence, as customers’ colon muscles begin to weaken due to underuse. When this happens, customers may experience an inability to pass stool without the use of laxatives, causing intestinal blockages or constipation when not using laxatives. Frequent trips to the bathroom can also cause electrolyte imbalances, which leads to a range of health issues if prolonged.
This Cleanse and Lean product contains levels of Vitamin B6 that are well above recommended daily allowances. Because of this, daily use of this product could cause issues such as headaches, nausea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite and sensitivity to sunlight.
The (quite unnecessary) use of turkey rhubarb can cause a range of extra side effects. High doses of turkey rhubarb can cause abdominal cramps, diarrhea (sometimes with bleeding), nausea, and a feeling of burning in the mouth or throat (we unfortunately cannot confirm whether the dose of turkey rhubarb included within the mix is high, as the precise quantity is not supplied). Turkey rhubarb can also cause miscarriages in pregnant women, and allergic reactions can cause difficulty when breathing, chest pain, and swelling in the face. Notably, the likelihood of many of these effects happening multiplies when turkey rhubarb is combined with other laxative products (as in this product).
Max Muscle Cleanse & Lean is currently available in two sizes. The smaller bottle of 24 capsules is available for $15 (though this may be a temporary sale price – the regular price is listed as $20). The larger bottle of 100 capsules is available for $37.49 (with the non-sale price listed as $50. Shipping costs when ordering from the website range hugely depending on the customer’s location in the USA; our brief look uncovered shipping costs ranging from under $10 to $35.
The product is currently only available to buy online from the manufacturer’s website, although customers should be able to find it in one of Max Muscle’s many franchised stores.
Customers looking for a laxative and diuretic product will be pleased to know that this one seems to work, based on both the evidence of the ingredients included and the feedback seen from customers. Max Muscle Cleanse & Lean also appears to be available to buy for a relatively low price, and reportedly comes with a mild and manageable effect. All of these are good markers of a good product.
Many of the problems we have with this product is related to how it’s marketed and presented. Many of the claims made about the product on the website are false and misleading, including claims that it can be used as a weight loss tool, a muscle building tool, or a way to promote digestive health. In fact, some of the side effects of using products like these could negatively affect digestive health, and all weight loss experienced can only ever be temporary. Max Muscle Cleanse & Lean will have no effect upon fat mass at all!
More worryingly, the dosing instructions on the packaging merely seems to suggest that customers should taking “more than 4 capsules daily”. Some customer reviews suggest that some customers are taking Max Muscle Cleanse & Lean on a daily basis, which is thought to be an unhealthy and damaging habit to get into (as it can lead to dependence on laxatives and numerous health issues over time). We would like to see manufacturers like these make more of an effort to discourage customers from using their products habitually, and instead make it clearer that laxative supplements are only ever a temporary fix.
Due to this substandard marketing and customer advice, as well as the lack of money back guarantee, we feel that customers should explore other options. We do not recommend Max Muscle Cleanse & Lean to our readers!
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Max Muscle Cleanse & Lean is a diuretic and laxative product that promises to remove excess water and waste from the body. Marketed as a “defining agent”, the product seems to be aimed at the bodybuilding and workout market, as a way of helping toned customers to show off their physique with the minimum of water-weight retained. Alongside this, Max Muscle promises that their Cleanse and Lean product promotes weight loss and good health by enabling the body to absorb more nutrients and pass waste with regularity.
As the name suggests, Max Muscle Cleanse & Lean is produced and sold by Max Muscle Sports Nutrition, a major player in the sports supplement and apparel market. Since 2001, the company sells its products through franchised stores, each of which is equipped with a nutritional advisor to assist customers with purchases. The company can be contacted via the contact details supplied on the official website.
As a dietary supplement take one capsule to determine tolerance. Wait 12 hours. If necessary take two capsules per dose as needed for regularity and bloating. Do not exceed 4 capsules per day.
Max Muscle Cleanse & Lean is promoted as a way to “lose excess weight fast” and as a way of boosting the customer’s health. The way this is achieved is by removing excess water and waste from the body via the product’s laxative and diuretic effects, helping the body to look leaner. Max Muscle also claims that their product promotes digestive health and “regularity” (which we take to mean regular toilet-visit schedules).
The following key benefits are listed in the Cleanse and Lean product data sheet:
Every ingredient contained within the mix either acts as a diuretic and laxative, so altogether the product should absolutely remain effective as a way to help customers urinate and pass stools. This will also have the temporary effect of making the body look briefly leaner, as all excess water weight and bloat is lost.
Many of the other claims made by Max Muscle are not based in reality. It should not come as a surprise that compelling the customer to visit the bathroom more often will not promote good digestive health. For all the ingredients that could perhaps promote a healthy digestive system (such as barberry root), there are others that come with risky effects that undo all the good work (such as turkey rhubarb root).
Customers should also remember that products like these do not help you to lose weight in any substantial way. The effects that laxatives and diuretics have are highly temporary, and water weight and bloat will return upon eating and drinking again. The product will not alter the consumer’s metabolic rate or fat mass at all.
The ingredients used in Max Muscle Cleanse & Lean are listed below. Customers should note that most ingredients are provided in the form of a proprietary formula, meaning that ingredient quantities are not disclosed. This can make it hard to estimate how effective each ingredient can possibly be within the mix.
Proprietary Blend 430mg:
Laxatives in general can come with some unintended side effects when used for longer periods. Using laxatives every day for several weeks can cause a kind of dependency, making constipation problems worse as the colon muscles weaken due to underuse. Frequently going to the bathroom can cause an electrolyte imbalance, which can cause a range of health issues. Contact your doctor if you experience cramps, pain, weakness, or rectal bleeding. Ongoing constipation despite laxative use is a sign of a real problem.
This product contains notably high levels of Vitamin B6, which can cause issues over time (especially if multiple tablets of Cleanse & Lean is taken every day). Side effects of overusing Vitamin B6 can include sensitivity to sunlight, headaches, nausea, abdominal pain and a loss of appetite.
Turkey Rhubarb root also comes with a range of extra side effects that are absent from some of the other ingredients. High doses of turkey rhubarb can cause gastrointestinal problems, such as abdominal cramps, diarrhea (sometimes with bleeding), nausea, and a feeling of burning in the mouth or throat. Turkey rhubarb root can also simulate uterine contractions, which could cause miscarriages in pregnant women. Additional reported side effects include difficulty breathing, chest pain, swelling or tightness of the throat, mouth or lips. The dangers of using turkey rhubarb have also been found to be higher when combined with other laxatives (as in products like these).
Not suitable for anyone under the age of 18. Do not use if you have or develop diarrhea, loose stool or abdominal pain. Consult your physician if you have frequent diarrhea. Not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women, or for women who are trying to conceive. Not suitable for anyone with any illnesses of the digestive tract, kidneys or liver. If you are unsure about the suitability of this medication for you, consult your doctor before purchase. Do not take for more than two weeks at a time. Do not take within two weeks of any scheduled surgery. Do not take if you are taking any medications, whether over the counter or prescription. The use of laxatives may interfere with the effectiveness of the contraceptive pill.
There aren’t too many customer reviews available for Max Muscle Cleanse & Lean online, although the few that can be found are generally positive in their appraisal. More experienced customers have expressed concern with the dosing instructions on the label, and we remain concerned that the manufacturer makes little effort to explain the real purpose of a laxative product.
This product really does work. I don’t take it as often as it says to but it still really works. The only thing to keep in mind is you will want to make sure you stay hydrated on it.
I have had irregularity issues all of my life and this is the only product that has worked and was still gentle at the same time. The only downside is the price.
This product can be extremely effective if you have a competition coming up, or have a photo shoot, and want to look lean and dry. Other than that, I believe its intended dosage can be useless in the long run.
When reading the terms and conditions on the official website, it is clear that Max Muscle offers nothing in the way of guarantees. According to the company’s own rules, returns will not be accepted unless the company sent incorrect products or mishandled the shipment. Restocking charges may apply even if a return is authorized, and all returns must be brought to the company’s attention within 3 days.
On a more user-friendly part of the website, Max Muscle notably says that they do accept returns of opened product, as long as 75% of the product remains and the product is returned within 30 days. This likely means that the company will issue returns when it sees fit (perhaps if the customer is long-term or a bulk buyer), but reserves the legal right to refuse any individual case. Make sure that you call and check that returns will be accepted before attempting to send off unwanted products!
Max Muscle Cleanse & Lean is available to buy from the manufacturer’s website and at one of Max Muscle’s many franchised stores. The product was also once available to buy on Amazon, but the listing has since seemingly been withdrawn.
The price for the smaller bottle of 24 capsules is currently just $15 (listed as a sale price as of February 2017 – this price may rise at other times to $20). The larger bottle of 100 capsules is being sold for $37.49 (reduced from $50). Shipping costs vary hugely depending on your location in the USA, with prices seemingly ranging from around $9 to Florida and $35 to Alaska.
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