Why was this study done?

There is a considerable consumer interest in using cleanse programs to support digestive function, improve elimination and enhance feelings of well-being. Additionally, cleanse programs may also play a useful role as a transition step from typical eating patterns to a calorie restricted weight management program. This study was designed to evaluate the safety, tolerability and efficacy of 7-day cleanse programs combining multiple dietary supplements with prescribed dietary requirements. A subset of the subjects included a gentle stimulant laxative in their daily supplement regimen.

What did the study find?

This study showed that the cleanse programs were safe and well-tolerated. Significant weight loss was observed after 7 days. The addition of laxative was more effective in promoting elimination/bowel movements and reducing bloating/gassiness. This program may be used as an adjunct prior to a weight loss program.

Safety, tolerability and efficacy of a 7-day cleanse program: a pilot study
Authors: Lau FC, Sahr N, Carrillo-Massa M, Fyrberg C, Daggy BP, McManus F.

Advances & Controversies in Clinical Nutrition, 2015.
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