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Colon Broom Review: Is It Worth It? Our Dietitian Explains

Written by Markita Lewis, MS, RD

Reviewed by Anthony Dugarte, MD 

Last Updated on September 7, 2021

Our Expert Rating:

2.7

About This Rating
The average rating of this product is calculated based on the evaluation of the following factors:
  • Support for Claims:3.8
  • Ingredient Safety:3.0
  • Value for the Price:2.0
  • Brand Transparency:2.0

Colon Broom is a laxative that uses psyllium husk fiber to help relieve constipation, lose weight, and reportedly cleanse your body. In spite of the hefty price tag, there isn’t much that makes this product special from other fiber supplements on the market.

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Colon Broom Review: Is It Worth It? Our Dietitian Explains

Pros

  • Psyllium husk is well-researched for its effects
  • Ingredients are in amounts that are clinically shown to offer some benefits

Cons

  • Expensive compared to other psyllium husk fiber supplements
  • Lack of brand transparency and third party-testing
  • The quiz is arbitrary because it does not change recommended products or give much useful information

What Is Colon Broom?

Colon Broom is a bulk-forming laxative that is meant to be a safe and effective way to relieve constipation, lose weight, and cleanse your body.

The main ingredient in Colon Broom is psyllium husk fiber, which comes from the seeds of the Plantago ovata, also known as the blond psyllium plant.

Psyllium husk fiber is a common source of dietary fiber and can be found as an ingredient in health drinks, bakery products, breakfast cereals, and other foods as a thickener.

It is a type of soluble fiber that absorbs water and forms a gel in the gut due to its viscosity. These properties allow for better formation of bowel movements that hold water and can more easily pass through the bowels.

Colon Broom claims to help with the symptoms you may feel from not pooping regularly, including gut heaviness, constipation, imbalanced gut microbiota, difficulty losing weight, lack of energy, and risk of bloating.

After using Colon Broom, the brand claims that you will feel a lightness in your gut, regular bowel movements, have a protected intestine, easy to reach weight goals, amazing mood and energy boost, and an improved digestive system.

For a single serving of Colon Broom, mix one teaspoon or a scoop of powder with 8 oz of water and drink. After taking your Colon Broom, it’s recommended to drink a second full glass of water.

The maximum daily dosage of Colon Broom is two servings daily.

Once you take Colon Broom, you should expect to feel changes in your bowel movements 24 to 72 hours after using the product.

Is Colon Broom Quiz Accurate?

Before purchasing Colon Broom, you have to take a quiz to see how Colon Broom can help support your health.

I took the quiz on two different occasions and found that there were actually two different versions of the quiz that you may encounter.

The first quiz is in-depth and asks about current bowel movement frequency, history of GI symptoms, other health symptoms, sensitivities and allergies, medical conditions, history of GI diseases, pregnancy, exercise frequency and length, basic metrics, and how much weight you want to lose.

The second quiz was decidedly shorter and simpler and asks how long poop lasts in your body, the healthiness of your diet, body type, weight stability, frequency of exercise, basic metrics, and desired weight loss.

Once the quiz is completed, Colon Broom gives you an estimation of the timeline of your desired weight loss while using its product and the number of weekly poops you’ll have.

The results page will also tell you some information about your current BMI, estimated metabolic age, poop frequency, and the chance of Candida albicans (a common fungal species in the microbiota that could increase the risk for infection if it overgrows in the intestines).

As someone who has tried different supplement quizzes for reviews, I did have some issues with the quiz that I don’t think many people would pay attention to.

First, there doesn’t appear to be a limit set on how much desired weight loss you’d like to see.

As a test, I put the desired weight that would put me below the BMI for underweight (18.5 kg/m2), and there was no warning about having an unhealthy weight loss goal.

Additionally, the hypothetical weight loss timeline was only a few months, regardless of how much weight I reportedly wanted to lose.

There was a score for a metabolic age, and there weren’t any details on how this metabolic age was calculated.

The age did not change based on what test I used, nor did it change once I used different answers.

It was automatically 7 years older than my actual age, and the website told me that my metabolism was “slower than it should be.”

The inclusion of the Candida albicans chance appears to be somewhat arbitrary. While Candida albicans is one of the few fungal species that can cause disease to humans, most adults with healthy immune systems and gut microbiota do not get any symptoms.

In fact, up to 75% of the population may have Candida albicans or another type of Candida fungus on their bodies.

Based on these differing results and possibly dangerous recommendations, I am unsure if the quiz truly makes the appropriate recommendations for users.

Including metabolic age and chance of Candida albicans seemed unnecessary, and their weight-loss timeline needs some tweaks to promote realistic weight loss goals.

Summary:

ColonBroom’s quiz is a gimmick to pull you into their marketing and convince you to buy their product. There is only one product for sale on ColonBroom’s website, so the quiz does not influence what products you’re recommended to buy. The quiz results page also tells only minimally helpful and sometimes unrealistic information that may not add much value for users.

Evaluation of Ingredients

One serving size of Colon Broom contains 3.6 g of psyllium husk powder and provides a total of 3 g of dietary fiber per scoop, with 2 g being soluble fiber.

Psyllium is a well-researched fiber supplement that has some benefits for gut health, reducing inflammation, mood, small amounts of weight loss, heart health, and blood sugar management.

Colon Broom provides psyllium in a dose that is shown to be clinically beneficial.

Some of the potential benefits of psyllium husk powder are:

Gut Health

Psyllium can help improve the gut microbiota, especially in constipated individuals.

A small 2019 study found that psyllium husk supplementation improved the balance of bacteria in the microbiota in healthy and constipated individuals.

These bacteria were associated with faster moving bowel movements within the intestines and the production of short-chain fatty acids important for immune health and maintaining the strength of our intestinal walls.

In a 2020 review, psyllium was found to be over 3 times as effective as wheat bran at improving the frequency of bowel movements in individuals with chronic idiopathic constipation.

Summary:

Psyllium helps improve gut bacteria balance, production of fatty acids that help immune health, prevent leaky gut, and increase the frequency of regular bowel movements.

Mood Benefits

Dietary fiber intake may be linked to improving mood through the Gut-Brain-Axis.

Observational studies find that increased total fiber intake is associated with lower odds of depression.

This may be due to improvements in gut bacteria, hormone and neurotransmitter production, and inflammation reduction.

Feelings of lightness associated with bowel movements may be attributed to actions of the vagus nerve, which is the longest nerve that runs from the brain to the rest of your body.

Bowel movements, especially after constipation, may cause enough stress to the vagus nerve to trigger something called vasovagal syncope, sometimes known as “poophoria.”

If your vagus nerve overreacts to the bodily stress of having a bowel movement, then it can cause you to faint.

But if your body has a mild stress reaction, your blood pressure only lowers slightly, and as a result, you may feel lighter or blissful after you poop.

Constipated people may also feel lighter after pooping due to a reduction in abdominal distention (swelling of the stomach), which can cause symptoms of feeling full or bloated.

Summary:

Increased fiber may be associated with lower odds of depression through improving gut bacteria, hormones and neurotransmitters, and reducing inflammation. It may also stimulate the vagus nerve and cause “poophoria,” which makes people feel blissful.

Weight Loss

In a study published in 2016, researchers conducted two trials in which individuals took a placebo or varying doses of psyllium (3.4 g, 6.8 g, or 10.2 g as Metamucil) before breakfast and lunch for 3 days.

The second trial in the published study involved participants taking the psyllium husk fiber or a placebo while having an energy-restricted breakfast for 3 days.

In both trials, psyllium reduced hunger and desire to eat and increased fullness between meals compared to a placebo.

A 2020 meta-analysis and review suggest that while psyllium supplementation can help reduce body weight, BMI, and waist circumference, the magnitude of this effect is not significant.

For example, the mean difference in weight loss was only 0.28 kg (or 0.6 lb) of weight.

In this analysis, researchers also found that the duration of taking a psyllium supplement didn’t correspond with a linear reduction in BMI or weight circumference.

Summary:

Psyllium husk can help you stay full for longer, reduce hunger, and reduce cravings to eat. Supplementation with psyllium may help with reducing weight and waist circumference, but it may not cause significantly visible results.

Metabolic Health Support

While not listed as one of their official benefits from relieving constipation, Colon Broom notes that their product can help with overall health and blood pressure.

Psyllium husk fiber supplementation can be beneficial for heart health and blood glucose control.

In a 2018 meta-analysis and review, researchers found that taking a median dose of 10.2 g of psyllium daily significantly reduced LDL cholesterol, non-HDL cholesterol, and apoB (a protein component of LDL and VLDL cholesterol).

Psyllium supplementation may also help reduce systolic blood pressure (the top number of your blood pressure), and this pressure-lowering effect was stronger in individuals with baseline high blood pressure.

Improvements in cholesterol labs and blood pressure may reduce the risk of atherosclerosis-related cardiovascular disease risk.

A 2020 review found that psyllium supplementation reduced triglycerides, fasting blood sugar, and HbA1c in patients with diabetes.

Summary:

Psyllium can help improve characteristics associated with metabolic syndrome, including cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels.

Verdict on Claimed Benefits

Below is our summary of the available evidence for the claimed benefits of Colon Broom based on the available research:

  • Lightness in the gutNo Evidence
  • Regular bowel movementsGold Star Evidence
  • Protected intestine and balanced gut microbiotaGold Star Evidence
  • Mood and energy boostModerate Evidence
  • Improved digestive systemGold Star Evidence
  • Easy to reach weight goalsStrong Evidence

Psyllium is well-researched concerning its benefits for digestive health and impact on metabolism.

However, while research suggests psyllium-containing supplements can help with weight loss, the impact is minimal.

There are also not many randomized trials to suggest that psyllium supplementation will improve mood. This is mostly an observed effect that could be attributed to other factors.

Side Effects, Safety, and Dosage

To take Colon Broom, mix one teaspoon or a scoop of powder with 8 oz of water and drink. After taking your Colon Broom, be sure to follow it up with an additional glass of water.

ColonBroom has a natural strawberry flavor derived from real strawberries, which may taste more appealing than your average fiber supplement.

Colon Broom can be taken up to twice daily, either 1 hour before or 30 minutes after a meal. It is not recommended to take this supplement at bedtime.

If you’re new to using Colon Broom, increasing the amount of fiber you get daily may cause some symptoms.

Intake of psyllium at normal doses may cause mild side effects, including bloating, gas, nausea, indigestion, vomiting, and chest pain.

To help reduce symptoms, the makers of Colon Broom recommend that for the first 5 days of using this product, you should start with 1 serving per day.

Once your body has adjusted to extra fiber, you may increase your intake to 2 times per day.

Taking psyllium without adequate water intake can result in esophageal and intestinal obstruction.

Colon Broom should be taken at least 2 hours before or after any medications. Psyllium may reduce the absorption of several classes of medication.

While Colon Broom does not contain any of the top major allergens, this product may cause an allergic reaction in people sensitive to psyllium or products derived from strawberries.

Colon Broom states that their product is vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO.

Speak with your doctor before taking this supplement to see if it is appropriate to add to your daily routine.

Laxative abuse for the goal of weight loss may be related to disordered eating patterns, and these behaviors should be discussed with your primary care doctor.

Cost

To find out the cost of Colon Broom and purchase it, Colon Broom’s website requires you to take their quiz and give them your email address.

A single bottle of Colon Broom contains 60 servings, which should last 30 days if you’re taking the maximum dosage (2 servings) daily.

Colon Broom is available in several bundles and can be purchased as a one-time order or subscription.

Single-time Purchase:

  • 1-month supply: $68.99
  • 3-month supply: $134.97 ($44.99/bottle)
  • 6-month supply: $209.94 ($34.99/bottle)

If you choose to subscribe to Colon Broom, you can get a discount on your product:

  • 1-month supply: $54.99
  • 3-month supply: $107.97 ($35.99/bottle)
  • 6-month supply: $167.94 ($27.99/bottle)

Purchases also come with an anti-inflammatory diet guide e-book and free shipping (for the US, UK, and Australia only).

Colon Broom only offers a 14-day money-back guarantee on its products, which may be too little time for customers to submit return requests.

I couldn’t find any other information about their return policy on their website, and it appears that you have to contact their Customer Support to process returns.

In some reviews on different websites, customers reported difficulty canceling their subscriptions.

Overall, I think that Colon Broom is not worth the cost. It is primarily a psyllium husk fiber supplement, and there aren’t any additional ingredients or features that make it worth a premium.

The bonus anti-inflammatory diet guide may be helpful, but I could not find what the guide contained and if it truly added value to this purchase.

How Colon Broom Compares to Alternatives

The two things that make Colon Broom unique are its high price and that it comes with an anti-inflammatory diet guide.

Many fiber supplements are available on the market that are significantly cheaper and more easily available from popular retailers.

Instead of shelling out a bunch of money to Colon Broom, you can find alternatives of equal quality or even made with organic psyllium husk fiber to suit your fiber needs.

For example, Metamucil offers not only a powdered form of psyllium husk but is also available as capsules and chewable tablets, so the brand offers more versatility.

Metamucil also offers sugar-free and real sugar options if one cannot tolerate products made with stevia leaf (which ColonBroom lists as one of its ingredients).

If you’re looking for an organic brand, Anthony’s Organic Psyllium Husk Powder from Anthony’s Goods ($14.99/bag) or Kate Naturals Organic Psyllium Husk ($10/bag) are good options.

Summary:

Colon Broom’s supplement does not provide any unique benefits compared to other psyllium husk fiber supplements and is significantly overpriced.

The Bottom Line

Colon Broom is a bulk-forming laxative that contains a well-researched ingredient (psyllium husk fiber) to help with weight and gastrointestinal health.

This product may appeal to individuals who deal with mild constipation or irregular bowel movements, have low fiber intake, or may want to support their weight loss with fiber.

Despite the effectiveness of the ingredients, there are several issues connected with Colon Broom that I see as red flags.

Colon Broom is extremely expensive when compared to other psyllium husk supplements out on the market.

There is a lack of transparency concerning return policies, third-party testing, and the company behind Colon Broom.

The quiz results appear to have some arbitrary results, and there is no warning about having unrealistic or dangerous weight goals if they dip below a healthy BMI.

Because of these reasons, I do not recommend this product. There are much better options available for a fiber supplement.

If you are in the market for a fiber supplement, speak with your doctor first before starting any new supplements to ensure it is safe for you to use.

A Word from Our RD

Fiber is something that we all need to include in our diets.

According to the 2020–2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, more than 90% of women and 97% of men do not meet the recommended intakes for dietary fiber.

The Adequate Intake for fiber to protect against coronary heart disease is 14 g of fiber per every 1,000 kcals eaten. Adult women should aim for 25 g of fiber, and men should aim for 38 g per day as a simpler daily goal.

Of course, depending on your personal health needs, your daily intake of fiber may differ.

To get more fiber in your life, focus on food sources like those found in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and nuts and seeds.

If you’re looking to get more soluble fiber, similar to what is found in Colon Broom, try eating foods like beans, avocados, stone fruits, flaxseeds, oats, Brussels sprouts, and okra.

When increasing your fiber intake, always increase your water intake to reduce further constipation.

It’s understandable that at times we aren’t able to get enough fiber with our foods every day, and a fiber supplement is needed.

If you are interested in getting a little more fiber into your diet to benefit your health, speak with your doctor about the safety of using psyllium or other fiber supplements in a way that works for you.

Individuals with more serious gastrointestinal conditions should contact their doctors for a proper assessment, as some fiber supplements may worsen symptoms.

Lastly, a fiber supplement shouldn’t be used as a primary way to lose weight due to the potential risks. Instead, speak with a dietitian about healthy and safe ways to lose weight and support your health.

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