There are many different products that claim to cleanse colons, but there are somewhat fewer different ingredients between them. In fact, the more you look, the more you’ll find that many products use the same ingredients, only in different quantities. Instead of finding out which one is right for you by trying every single one, isn’t it better to have an idea of what the ingredients do and why they’re included? This article will help inform you in this direction, so that you can sort placebos from meaningful herb inclusions.
Ginger is very common due to its long history in Eastern medicine. It’s not all hogwash, though – ginger is proven to be an effective defense against diarrhea. It’s also strongly suspected to help against nausea, but scientific studies on whether this is true or not is still ongoing. In general, it’s an ingredient often taken to moderate the effects of other potent laxatives included. Fennel is a similar ingredient, included purely to fight the effects of other ingredients due to its ability to reduce intestinal gas.
Peppermint is also known to combat the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, including abdominal pain, bloating, and distention. Although not a sure-fire cure, it’s definitely better than a mere placebo.
Then, of course, there’s the laxatives. Flax seeds, bearberry, rhubarb, guar gum, and many, many more. They can only rarely be taken undiluted, but most products will use the above ingredients to dilute them anyway, so it’s not usually a cause for worry.
Alfalfa is also commonly found in many products. However, this is mostly due to its history of being used in herbal medicine, rather than based on scientific evidence. Therefore you should be careful with products containing larger quantities of alfalfa than other, proven herbs.
For all its common appearance in many commercials and in so many products, aloe vera’s uses as a colon cleanser are sadly questionable. Studies are far from finished analyzing the true cleansing benefits of the herb. While it’s definitely great for your skin, whether it’s equally good for your internal organs is, for the moment, still open to question.
Finally, some products may make use of paprika or other hot spices, for their general body-cleansing reputations. However, these spices have little to do with the colon specifically unless taken in doses large enough to be uncomfortable.
While we haven’t mentioned all the possible ingredients used in herbal colon cleansing, we have gone through all the major ones. Hopefully now you feel a little more prepared to shop for the right colon cleanser… and avoid the wrong ones.
Dr. Michael Allen
Fitness Instructor & Fat Loss Factor Founder