08 July, 2011
MaxGXL is a dietary supplement that contains a mix of herbs, vitamins and other ingredients primarily designed to increase glutathione in the body. Glutathione is a naturally produced molecule in the body that serves as a powerful antioxidant and plays a role in the production of protein and other cellular components. The Max International website states that increasing glutathione will increase energy and concentration, slow the aging process and improve liver, immune and mental functions. However, the claims of MaxGXL have not been evaluated by the FDA and individuals should speak with a doctors before using MaxGXL supplements.
A single serving of MaxGXL contains 488 mg of a proprietary blend of ingredients, which include cordyceps, N-acetyl D-glucosamine, quercetin and milk thistle extract. The Max International website claims that these ingredients increase the synthesis of glutathione as well as serve a variety of protective roles in the body. Milk thistle may be helpful in preventing liver toxicity due to alcohol or viral hepatitis and may have anti-cancer properties, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). Cordyceps, quercetin and N-acetyl D-glucosamine may provide many health benefits as antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents.
MaxGXL is high in vitamin C and a single serving – three capsules – provides 250 mg, or over 400 percent recommended daily value of vitamin C based on a 2,000 calorie diet, according to Max International. Vitamin C is required by the body as it helps make collagen, supports wound healing and the immune system, acts as an antioxidant and is needed to make the neurotransmitters, serotonin and norepinephrine. It may also lower the risk of certain cancers of the breast, mouth, stomach and esophagus, according to Harvard Health Publications.
Each serving of MaxGXL contains 750, 375 and 75 mg of L-glutamine, N-acetyl cysteine and alpha lipoic acid, respectively, according to the Max International website. Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid, or protein building block, in the body and supplements generally contain glutamine in the form of L-glutamine. It helps clear the body of the waste product ammonia and supports the immune, digestive and nervous system, according to the UMMC. Although produced by the body, supplemental glutamine may help restore glutamine loss during strenuous exercise or injury.
N-Acetyl Cysteine and Alpha Lipoic Acid
N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) is derived from the amino acid L-cysteine and is a precursor to glutathione, a naturally occurring antioxidant in the body. NAC is used in the treatment of chronic bronchitis, liver toxicity and may be helpful in preventing glutathione loss due to cancer and HIV/AIDS treatment, according to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Alpha lipoic acid is an antioxidant produced naturally in the body and found in nearly every cell. According to the UMMC, alpha lipoic acid may be beneficial in the treatment of diabetes, liver disease, stroke, glaucoma and certain brain disorders. Alpha lipoic acid also increases the production of glutathione, notes the Max International website.
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