Glutathione is often referred to as the most important anti-oxidant in your body. It has been used to treat chronic fatigue syndrome, weak immune systems, ad even cancer. Your body produces glutathione and every cell in your body uses it in normal cell functions.
But, the problem with getting glutathione is that you cannot take it as an oral supplement. Your metabolism will break it down during digestion and you end up with just a bunch of amino acids–which is NOT worth the investment. However, you can help your body produce its own glutathione by making sure that all of the building blocks are available. MaxGXL claims to do this.
So, for the athlete, it stands to reason that less fatigue, an improved immune system and less death would lead to better results on the mat. Let’s try it.
- Increased energy levels
- Boosted immunity
INCREASED ENERGY LEVELS
When I began taking the capsules, I didn’t notice that much of a difference. It took me about 10 days before I tried opening the capsules and pouring the powdered contents into a smoothie. That seemed to help my body absorb the nutrients and within a half hour of supplementation, I felt a bump in energy. The energy isn’t a “pinging off the walls” kind of thing, but it’s a nice, clean, level buzz that makes me want to train.
Training on MaxGXL was good. I felt like I had energy on tap, even when I was tired mentally. I wouldn’t say I noticed any specific results when I was sparring specifically.
I train at Copa Jiu-Jitsu in Chicago. Make no mistake, it gets cold. And, when winter is clawing its way into our lives, there’s a lot of colds and flus clying. Typically, every November/December cycle, I get a strong whip of illness that will put me down and out for at least a couple of days. That usually translates to about a week off the mat. And, often it means poor training the week leading up to the actual cold, because my body is fighting the bug.
I didn’t experience any of that this year. I honestly feel as great as I did in the warm summer months. If I could stay well for an entire year, that would translate to at least two more weeks of good training every year.
WHAT I DIDN’T GET
There are reports of people going through remarkable physical recovery using MaxGXL. Some of this I’m sure is hype surrounding the fact that it is sold in mult-level marketing channels.
I didn’t notice any reduction in my physical recovery from hard workouts. I was equally as sore after a lot of cardio or sparring. I’m a little surprised that this wasn’t an effect of the supplement, actually.
MaxGXL seems like a good product, but it’s not cheap. It’s currently at Amazon for $55, and that’s the cheapest I’ve found. I don’t think I’ll continue with the product at that price. I will definitely look for other ways to get glutathione precusors. And, maybe after I get more experience, I’ll realize that this was the best product on the market.
For right now, though, I’m going to complete my test of MaxGXL Glutathione. I’d say it was valuable, but just not a sufficient bang for the buck, given how many other opportunities there are to make serious improvement.
NEXT TEST: Krill Oil Supplementation for 30 days
LiveStrong – Articles include Glutathione and Depression, Role of Glutathione, and How to Boost Glutathione.
Wikipedia – A little technical, but I’m into that kind of stuff.