Updated: 09/29/2015 - Sponsored by Leptigen

Max Muscle Cleanse & Lean Review - Does This Cleansing Supplement Work? Are side effects and lack of clinical support deal breakers?

Editor's Review: 3.5 / 5.0

max-cleanse-product-imageWe heard a lot about Max Muscle Cleanse, so we jumped into the ingredients, side effects, customer service and scientific research. Our review of the product includes a look into hundreds of consumer comments from around the internet. We then condensed that info into a summary for you.

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What You Need to Know

To start, Max Muscle Cleanse is a weight-loss supplement that contains cascara sagrada, senna leaf and dandelion root. You take one to two capsules daily to help lean out, according to the company. You can take the product on the go – one good thing.

The product, introduced by Max Muscle after 2005 when the company opened, claims to use the highest quality ingredients, which looks good. lawsuits are in this company’s past. You can buy the supplement on the official website or in a retail location. We like the strong BBB rating and professional looking corporate headquarters, but read on…

Side Effects – “Ow!”

The first thing that concerned us about Max Muscle Cleanse and Lean was the potential for side effects. “Whenever a dieter takes a supplement that contains laxatives and diuretics there’s cause for concern,” says our Research Editor. “Products like this are only intended for short-term use.”

“Currently I am taking the 2 before bed and 1 in the am. I seem to be having the opposite affect. Bloated & constipated most of the time only having the 3-4 bowl movements on a couple of days since starting the program,” a user claims.

One athlete claims her body reacted badly after stopping Max Muscle Cleanse, “This is when all hell broke loose! I swelled up so fast. My abdomen was distended, making me look about 5 months pregnant. It was painful. Every part of my body was swollen: my legs, my arms, my butt…everything! My clothes didn’t fit and I didn’t know what was happening to my body.”

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No Clinical Support?

Long-term use of laxatives for weight-loss is not considered a good option, based on clinical studies. According to the Journal of American College Health, “Serious medical problems that may occur with laxative abuse include electrolyte and fluid imbalance, structural and functional colonic changes, and allergic reactions.”

Go Ask Alice from Columbia University says, “Laxatives are not designed for weight loss and can cause serious, sometimes irreversible, damage.”

Our research suggests all it takes is one problem with a supplement and the chances of your long-term, weight-loss success are hindered. If Max Muscle Cleanse side effects are an on-going issue, that’s a warning to dieters.

The Science

As stated above, there is no clinical support for using of laxatives or diuretics in weight-loss. Studies actually warn against long-term use of stool softeners and water pills. At DietSpotlight, science is extremely important and if a company doesn’t bother to research, that’s just the start of the problem.

The Bottom Line

After researching Max Muscle Cleanse the conclusion was simple. We like the large, professional company headquarters and the price is comparable to other cleanses, but we can’t support this product because the weight-loss claims are not backed with research and there are some side effects to consider. Plus, we’re concerned dieters may start abusing the product leading to long-term health problems.

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(Feel free to scroll below for our previously published full-length Max Muscle Cleanse & Lean Review)

Previous Max Muscle Cleanse & Lean Review (Updated January 10, 2014):

What You Should Know

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Max Muscle is a supplement manufacturer with chain retail stores in the United States. They offer condition specific supplements for dieters who want to lose weight and bodybuilders. There are also supplements to improve general health. Max Cleanse & Lean is a supplement that is supposed to help cleanse the body while aiding in weight loss. Typically, cleansing products will not increase weight loss. They will increase the number of times the user goes to the bathroom and may cause negative side effects like diarrhea due to laxative ingredients. Ingredients are available from Max Muscle, but the website is extremely difficult to navigate. No free trials are offered.

List of Ingredients

Vitamin B6, Calcium. Max Cleanse & Lean Blend: Cascara Sagrada Bark Powder, Senna Leaf Powder, Fennel Seed Powder, Dandelion Leaf Powder, Horsetail Herb Extract, Psyllium Husk Powder, Turkey Rhubarb Powder, Slippery Elm Bark, Barberry Root Powder and Aloe Vera Leaf Powder.

Product Features

Dieters hoping to shed a few pounds while cleansing the body may have found the wrong supplement. This supplement is formulated with multiple laxatives and diuretics. The "Lean" portion of the product name is misleading. No fat burners or weight loss ingredients are included in the supplement, so the dieter that sees a reduction in weight will only be seeing the effects of the laxative and diuretics in the formula. Cascara Sagrada Powder and Senna Leaf Powder are natural laxatives. They will increase the number of bowel movements and may have negative side effects like diarrhea, cramping and dehydration. Dandelion Leaf Powder and Horsetail Herb Extract are diuretics. These will force water out of the body. So, Max Cleanse & Lean increases bowel movements and urination - this could only lead to dehydration and plummeting potassium levels. If potassium falls too low, cramping will begin in muscles, including the heart muscle in some cases. Looking at the remaining ingredients on the list - Psyllium Husk Powder, Turkey Rhubarb Powder, Slippery Elm Bark and Aloe Vera Powder are all known laxatives. This supplement could be dangerous if taken for an extended period of time. Weight loss will be only temporary.

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  • All ingredients are available online.


  • The price is much higher than other supplements.
  • Overuse of laxatives and diuretics.
  • The information on the website is difficult to navigate.


For $50 a bottle, this supplement should include some fat burning ingredients to help validate weight loss claims. As it is, the ingredient list is packed with laxatives and diuretics that will certainly lead to dehydration before significant weight loss. Laxatives can become addictive if used for extended periods as the body no longer uses the muscles needed to move waste. Diuretic use has been linked to death in athletes.
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5 User Reviews About Max Muscle Cleanse & Lean

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  • 1

    I am just wondering if while taking the Max Muscle Cleanse and Lean anyone has experienced small bouts of hot flashes.


  • 2

    Can you take this product after dinner?


  • 3

    Wow! Amazing ! They gave me some samples and pills work great ! Going back for my bottle, I have always been a person with B M issues , and only one pill at night makes miracles


  • 4
    Colin Armbruster

    This product is great! It is only $41 in the MM stores, not $50. They have just released Cleanse and Lean advanced which includes thermogenic ingredients!



    Probably your are right the lean part is misleading but I have to admit that this product works extremely well as laxative and aid to regulate bowl movements. For me 50 dollar bottle is worthy


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