The trade name “Maxagen” was first registered by Dr. Jonathon B. James in 1998. At that time the product was intended for market as an “herbal supplement” which claimed to “promote hair growth and restore hormonal balance.” This first trademark was abandoned.
In 1999 Dr. James filed for a new trademark for “Maxigen”. This time the product was intended to be marketed as “herbal supplements which increase body mass, strength and endurance by altering levels of steroid hormones in the body.” This trademark was also abandoned.
Currently Maxagen is being marketed as an herbal supplement which promotes growth by “reawakening” Human Growth Hormone (HGH) production in the body. These statements have not been evaluated for accuracy by the FDA.
The product “Maxagen” contains unspecified amounts of L-arginine, L-ornithine, L-lysine, L-gutamine, L-glycine and pituitary powder. Each of these products presents the possibility of side effects, ranging from mild to severe. The National Institute of Health warns that “most herbs and supplements have not been tested for interaction with other herbs and supplements.” There is a risk that the specific combination of ingredients contained in the Maxagen supplement may have side-effects that are currently unknown.
The National Institute of Health gives an additional warning about all herbal supplements. “The US Food and Drug Administration does not strictly regulate herbs and supplements. There is no guarantee of strength, purity, or safety of products, and effects may vary.”
According to the National Institute of Health, L-arginine is generally well tolerated in most people, however, in some individuals serious side effects can occur from the use of this product.
L-arginine can interfere with the body’s ability to fight off viral infections.High doses of L-arginine can cause the skin to become thickened and coarse over a period of time. Other possible side effects include severe stomach discomfort including nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. L-arginine may cause a drop in blood pressure.
According to the NIH L-arginine may also impact chemicals in the blood. It is suspected of lowering the body’s supply of electrolytes. A person taking L-arginine may experience high potassium, chloride, urea nitrogen or creatinine levels. This product may also lower sodium or phosphate levels in the bloodstream. It can increase blood sugar levels. L-arginine may also increase the risk of bleeding.
According to the ihealth Directory, L-ornithine is generally well tolerated in most people. Possible side effects can include stomach discomfort, nausea and vomiting. It may also cause insomnia. L-ornithine may interfere with the body’s ability to fight viral infections, and should not be used by people carrying the herpes virus, or those with other viral infections. L-ornithine has also been shown to have a detrimental effect on diabetic patients.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, while L-lysine is generally well tolerated by most people, it has been shown to cause gallstones in test animals. A rise in blood cholestrol levels can also occur when taking L-lysine.
There is some evidence that L-lysine and L-arginine should not be taken in combination, since the two ingredients share the same pathways in the body. Maxagen supplements contain both of these products. Further testing is needed to determine exactly what impact these two products have on the human body when taken in these combinations.
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According to information provided by Healthline, Amino acid based supplements are not recommended for building body mass. There is no evidence available to suggest that these substances can increase an individual’s body mass, or improve natural height.
Amino acids can create an excess of protein within the body, leading to kidney and liver disease. It is important that you drink a lot of water when taking any amino acid based supplement. If you have kidney or liver disease, do not use Maxagen or any other supplement which contains amino acid compounds.
National Institute of Health: L-Argenine http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/patient-arginine.html
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