Ingredient in Certain Colon Cleanse Products Found to Lower Cholesterol in Addition to Improving Gastrointestinal Symptoms

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A scientific study specifically designed to investigate its effects on high rates of cholesterol and gastrointestinal symptoms conclusively determined that psyllium husk, which has an established history of use against digestive problems, can effectively lower cholesterol and reduce gastrointestinal symptoms simultaneously.

can slowly build up in the inner walls of the arteries that feed the heart and brain. Together with other substances, it can form plaque, a thick, hard deposit that can narrow the arteries and make them less flexible. This condition is known as atherosclerosis. If a clot forms and blocks a narrowed artery, heart attack or stroke can result.

In this burgeoning era of alternative health remedies and holistic healing, the mantra "death begins in the colon" has been embraced by a growing number of health-conscious individuals looking to increase both their life expectancy and standard of living. Many have turned to colon cleanse products in an attempt to lose weight, thwart acne, improve energy levels, increase concentration or stave off maladies ranging from digestive problems like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and constipation to colon cancer. Some detractors have been reluctant to embrace the products and services that purport to provide such benefits, but it seems that some viable scientific data has been amassed that will bolster the claims of at least a certain category of colon cleansing products: those containing an ingredient called psyllium husk.

The Department for Natural Medicine in Berlin, Germany conducted a study with sixty-two outpatient participants who were given a psyllium husk treatment three times daily and monitored on a weekly basis. The astonishing results showed that the average cholesterol level had decreased by 13 points after just three weeks of treatment.

Perhaps even more impressive is that only low density lipoprotein (LDL) or "bad" cholesterol decreased as a result of the treatment; triglycerides and high density lipoprotein (HDL) or "good" cholesterol levels were untouched. As defined by the American Heart Association on their website, LDL cholesterol "can slowly build up in the inner walls of the arteries that feed the heart and brain. Together with other substances, it can form plaque, a thick, hard deposit that can narrow the arteries and make them less flexible. This condition is known as atherosclerosis. If a clot forms and blocks a narrowed artery, heart attack or stroke can result." The German study concluded that "psyllium husk preparations may be a therapeutic option for patients with mild to moderately elevated cholesterol levels."

There are many different types of colon cleansing products and services, most of which do not involve or include the use of psyllium; services such as colonics and enemas, and colon cleanse products that do not contain psyllium fiber such as those based on herbs or oxygen, do not possess the ingredient that would duplicate the results of the study.

While there is not ample scientific evidence to determine the truth one way or another for many of the claimed benefits of colon cleansing, this study firmly supports some important benefits for at least a certain class of such products. There is also a vast and constantly growing group of loyal cleansing advocates who tout the subjective benefits of a cleansing, ranging from improved moods and energy levels, to reduced stomach size, weight loss and "feeling lighter" after a cleanse.

DrFloras™ Colon Cleansing is one brand offering a line of natural detoxification products which utilize a patent-pending formula known as PsylliMax™, a hybrid of psyllium fiber developed by doctors and health professionals. The product line also offers an effective probiotic supplement which serves to replenish the beneficial intestinal bacteria that is often eliminated along with the harmful bacteria.

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