What Is Bowtrol?
Bowtrol is a dietary supplement marketed as an herbal colon cleanser. It contains the following ingredients:
Claims for Bowtrol's Benefits
Bowtrol is purported to promote optimal colon health by cleansing your system of toxins. The supposed benefits of this detox process include increased absorption of nutrients, improved concentration, weight loss, clearer skin, and better energy.
Bowtrol as a Colon Cleanse
Although Bowtrol has not been scientifically studied for its health effects, a number of its ingredients have shown certain benefits in clinical research. However, since Bowtrol does not disclose the dosage of any individual ingredients, it's impossible to determine each ingredient's efficacy (or safety) as it's used in the supplement.
Here's a look at the science behind several of the herb ingredients found in Bowtrol:
With a long history of traditional use by Native Americans, cascara sagrada may act as an herbal laxative. The herb contains anthraquinones, which are compounds that trigger contractions in the colon and, in turn, promote movement of the bowels.
Also rich in anthraquinones, senna offers laxative effects and is often included herbal detox remedies.
3) Flax Seeds
High in soluble fiber, flax seeds have been shown to serve as a natural laxative.
Animal-based research suggests that consuming peppermint oil may stimulate the flow of bile. Bowtrol's manufacturers claim that this increased bile flow helps to calm the digestive system.
Bowtrol's manufacturers suggest that garlic helps boost the immune system. Indeed, a 2009 report indicates that the herb stimulates the proliferation of a number of cells involved in immune defense.
There are a number of safety concerns associated with Bowtrol's ingredients. Some precautions to consider:
Keeping Your Colon Healthy
There may be benefits to following a carefully designed detox plan, especially under the supervision of a physician. You can also take these steps to keep your colon healthy in the everyday:
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