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The company makes the bold claim that their product was formulated “thanks to modern breakthroughs in gastrointestinal science.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll review the ingredients in Colon Broom to determine if we believe it’s truly superior to standard fiber supplements, as well as determine whether their health claims are likely to be accurate.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eWhat’s In Colon Broom?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eColon Broom doesn’t make their ingredients very accessible to consumers, which is a red flag. Ethical companies will provide consumers with a Supplement Facts panel detailing exactly what’s in the formulation, because this is the only way that consumers (or researchers like us) can determine if the product is likely to be safe and effective. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn fact, it doesn’t appear that the company publishes ingredients anywhere on their website. We even completed their “quiz” with fake answers to see if they would show us the product ingredients and they didn’t.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThankfully, Amazon requires companies to list ingredients so we found the ingredients on Colon Broom’s Amazon listing, which we've shown below:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Colon_Broom_Ingredients_Optimized_e59a50a6-c1aa-4373-9788-7b218fdf4ca8.png?v=1637981765\" alt=\"Colon Broom ingredients list\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe active ingredient, and only ingredient that has any impact on bowel health, is psyllium husk powder. The dose of one serving is 5.7 grams (g), so we can assume psyllium husk makes up the majority of this because the other ingredients are flavorings and fillers.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis product does contain “natural flavors” which we recommend consumers avoid as this is an essentially unregulated term in the U.S., and without knowing exactly what chemicals are used in a formulation it’s impossible to determine if the natural flavors are safe or unsafe.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIs Colon Broom Likely To Work?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe know \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/19335713\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003efrom medical research\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e that fiber supplementation does benefit gastrointestinal function in many ways, especially in the context of a low-fiber diet (which many Americans consume).\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHowever, the dose in Colon Broom appears to be relatively underdosed.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC5413815\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review of fiber supplements\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners found that a research-based fiber dosage recommendation for adult men was 38 g daily for adult men (from food and supplements combined), and was 25 g daily for adult women.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe same review found that U.S. adults were only consuming around 15 g of fiber daily.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFor an American man consuming the average fiber intake of 15 g, the 5.7 g of fiber in Colon Broom wouldn’t get them anywhere near the recommended daily dosage of 38 g.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe recognize that any increase in fiber intake is likely to be beneficial for those on a low-fiber diet, but our point is there’s nothing special about Colon Broom that will make it work better than a regular fiber supplement. It contains one of the most popular fibers called psyllium husk in a relatively low dose.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe believe this product may moderately improve bowel and gastrointestinal function in patients eating a low-fiber diet, but don’t recommend this product as it’s wildly overpriced compared to the equivalent dose of plain psyllium husk powder, and contains questionable filler ingredients.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eColon Broom Cost\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSince we’ve established that Colon Broom’s only useful ingredient for improving gut function is psyllium husk, let’s compare the cost of Colon Broom per serving of psyllium husk to a leading psyllium husk product on Amazon (which we have no affiliation to):\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eColon Broom cost per 60 servings: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$68.99\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eNOW Foods psyllium husk powder cost per 76 servings: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$12.22\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe NOW Foods product also has a higher dose of fiber, and more servings, and is still nearly 6 times cheaper.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eColon Broom cost per 5.7 g fiber: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1.15\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eNOW Foods cost per 5.7 g fiber: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$0.13\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe NOW Foods product is over 10 times cheaper per fiber dose than Colon Broom, and contains no questionable filler ingredients. There is no medical research suggesting that Colon Broom is more effective than plain psyllium husk powder: it’s just psyllium husk powder with added flavorings and fillers, so we’d recommend you use a cheaper version.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eMisleading Health Claims\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eColon Broom’s site makes many misleading health claims. A comparison chart on their homepage states that after using their product you will have an “amazing mood and energy boost” with no explanation or research backing that claim.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFiber can be successful for improving gut function and aiding in weight loss efforts. We haven’t seen any research suggesting that fiber intake causes short-term improvements in mood or energy. It’s indigestible plant material; not a Red Bull.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eColon Boom also states that the “unique complex of essential ingredients” in their formulation “works to improve your body’s detoxification processes...and eliminating accumulated toxins.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAs we discussed at length in our \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/zupoo-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eZuPoo review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e of another popular colon cleansing supplement, the liver and kidneys and regular digestive function handle “detoxification” just fine. When supplement companies make vague claims about aiding in “detox” functions it’s usually a huge red flag that they don’t have a science-backed product. Colon Broom doesn’t provide any proof, of course, of how or why their product optimizes natural detoxification processes.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOne section of their site that we find to be dangerous for consumers is their quiz, where they diagnose health problems based on factors like weight and bowel regularity. We completed the quiz with random answers and got a result showing a “45% chance of candida albicans growth.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Colon_Broom_Misleading_Health_Claims_Optimized.png?v=1637981535\" alt=\"Colon Broom misleading health claims\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis is unscientific. You can’t diagnose gut dysfunction based on bowel regularity quizzes. This is just marketing material that’s incredibly unsafe and unethical. For this reason alone you should avoid this company entirely, as it shows how much they favor marketing over any semblance of good science.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eColon Broom is not any better than regular fiber, and we’d argue it’s worse due to the inclusion of questionable filler ingredients. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe don’t recommend this product: it’s overpriced, underdosed, contains unnecessary flavorings and sweeteners, and is made by a company that makes very questionable health claims on their site which don’t seem to have any backing in science.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe believe that using popular psyllium husk powders like NOW Foods without any additives would be superior to Colon Broom. We always recommend increasing fiber through food instead of supplements wherever possible, as it’s cheaper and can provide more micronutrients. Eating a large bowl of beans is a great way to increase fiber intake.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall we’d recommend avoiding this company entirely, and we hope that a government agency requests that they cease diagnosing gut issues through grade-school-level quizzes online.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2021-12-11T00:30:01-05:00","updated_at":"2022-08-18T20:15:40-04:00","summary_html":"\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eWe review the ingredients in \"colon cleansing\" supplement powder Colon Broom to determine if it’s truly superior to standard fiber supplements, as well as determine whether their health claims are likely to be accurate.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","template_suffix":"","handle":"colon-broom-review","tags":"_related:fiber, _related:gut-health"}

Colon Broom Review: Better Than Regular Fiber?

Colon Broom Review: Better Than Regular Fiber?


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Colon Broom is a fiber-based dietary supplement that claims it can not only improve bowel regularity, but also affect detoxification, help you lose weight, improve energy and more. The company makes the bold claim that their product was formulated “thanks to modern breakthroughs in gastrointestinal science.”

In this article we’ll review the ingredients in Colon Broom to determine if we believe it’s truly superior to standard fiber supplements, as well as determine whether their health claims are likely to be accurate.

What’s In Colon Broom?

Colon Broom doesn’t make their ingredients very accessible to consumers, which is a red flag. Ethical companies will provide consumers with a Supplement Facts panel detailing exactly what’s in the formulation, because this is the only way that consumers (or researchers like us) can determine if the product is likely to be safe and effective. 

In fact, it doesn’t appear that the company publishes ingredients anywhere on their website. We even completed their “quiz” with fake answers to see if they would show us the product ingredients and they didn’t.

Thankfully, Amazon requires companies to list ingredients so we found the ingredients on Colon Broom’s Amazon listing, which we've shown below:

Colon Broom ingredients list

The active ingredient, and only ingredient that has any impact on bowel health, is psyllium husk powder. The dose of one serving is 5.7 grams (g), so we can assume psyllium husk makes up the majority of this because the other ingredients are flavorings and fillers.

This product does contain “natural flavors” which we recommend consumers avoid as this is an essentially unregulated term in the U.S., and without knowing exactly what chemicals are used in a formulation it’s impossible to determine if the natural flavors are safe or unsafe.

Is Colon Broom Likely To Work?

We know from medical research that fiber supplementation does benefit gastrointestinal function in many ways, especially in the context of a low-fiber diet (which many Americans consume).

However, the dose in Colon Broom appears to be relatively underdosed.

A medical review of fiber supplements published in the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners found that a research-based fiber dosage recommendation for adult men was 38 g daily for adult men (from food and supplements combined), and was 25 g daily for adult women.

The same review found that U.S. adults were only consuming around 15 g of fiber daily.

For an American man consuming the average fiber intake of 15 g, the 5.7 g of fiber in Colon Broom wouldn’t get them anywhere near the recommended daily dosage of 38 g.

We recognize that any increase in fiber intake is likely to be beneficial for those on a low-fiber diet, but our point is there’s nothing special about Colon Broom that will make it work better than a regular fiber supplement. It contains one of the most popular fibers called psyllium husk in a relatively low dose.

We believe this product may moderately improve bowel and gastrointestinal function in patients eating a low-fiber diet, but don’t recommend this product as it’s wildly overpriced compared to the equivalent dose of plain psyllium husk powder, and contains questionable filler ingredients.

Colon Broom Cost

Since we’ve established that Colon Broom’s only useful ingredient for improving gut function is psyllium husk, let’s compare the cost of Colon Broom per serving of psyllium husk to a leading psyllium husk product on Amazon (which we have no affiliation to):

Colon Broom cost per 60 servings: $68.99

NOW Foods psyllium husk powder cost per 76 servings: $12.22

The NOW Foods product also has a higher dose of fiber, and more servings, and is still nearly 6 times cheaper.

Colon Broom cost per 5.7 g fiber: $1.15

NOW Foods cost per 5.7 g fiber: $0.13

The NOW Foods product is over 10 times cheaper per fiber dose than Colon Broom, and contains no questionable filler ingredients. There is no medical research suggesting that Colon Broom is more effective than plain psyllium husk powder: it’s just psyllium husk powder with added flavorings and fillers, so we’d recommend you use a cheaper version.

Misleading Health Claims

Colon Broom’s site makes many misleading health claims. A comparison chart on their homepage states that after using their product you will have an “amazing mood and energy boost” with no explanation or research backing that claim.

Fiber can be successful for improving gut function and aiding in weight loss efforts. We haven’t seen any research suggesting that fiber intake causes short-term improvements in mood or energy. It’s indigestible plant material; not a Red Bull.

Colon Boom also states that the “unique complex of essential ingredients” in their formulation “works to improve your body’s detoxification processes...and eliminating accumulated toxins.”

As we discussed at length in our ZuPoo review of another popular colon cleansing supplement, the liver and kidneys and regular digestive function handle “detoxification” just fine. When supplement companies make vague claims about aiding in “detox” functions it’s usually a huge red flag that they don’t have a science-backed product. Colon Broom doesn’t provide any proof, of course, of how or why their product optimizes natural detoxification processes.

One section of their site that we find to be dangerous for consumers is their quiz, where they diagnose health problems based on factors like weight and bowel regularity. We completed the quiz with random answers and got a result showing a “45% chance of candida albicans growth.”

Colon Broom misleading health claims

This is unscientific. You can’t diagnose gut dysfunction based on bowel regularity quizzes. This is just marketing material that’s incredibly unsafe and unethical. For this reason alone you should avoid this company entirely, as it shows how much they favor marketing over any semblance of good science.

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Conclusion

Colon Broom is not any better than regular fiber, and we’d argue it’s worse due to the inclusion of questionable filler ingredients. 

We don’t recommend this product: it’s overpriced, underdosed, contains unnecessary flavorings and sweeteners, and is made by a company that makes very questionable health claims on their site which don’t seem to have any backing in science.

We believe that using popular psyllium husk powders like NOW Foods without any additives would be superior to Colon Broom. We always recommend increasing fiber through food instead of supplements wherever possible, as it’s cheaper and can provide more micronutrients. Eating a large bowl of beans is a great way to increase fiber intake.

Overall we’d recommend avoiding this company entirely, and we hope that a government agency requests that they cease diagnosing gut issues through grade-school-level quizzes online.





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