We take a look at PuraCleanse, an herbal colon cleanser, to find out.
- Can treat constipation and bloating
- Unpleasant side effects
- Not a weight loss aid
- Any weight loss is temporary
- Manufactured by PuraDyme
- 225 capsules or 283 grams loose formula product per bottle
- Diuretic and laxative ingredients
PuraCleanse is a product manufactured by PuraDyme, who describe themselves as ‘a company devoted to helping others achieve a more vibrant, radiant, and healthy lifestyle!’.
The company focuses mainly on products containing enzymes and probiotics, with a focus on helping the consumer to lead a healthier lifestyle. PuraCleanse is their colon cleansing product, designed to help flush toxins out of the body.
There is much debate about the need for colon cleansing products, but Doctors almost universally state that they are unnecessary, as the body does not need help to regulate itself. Those who have trouble with bowel movements should try drinking more water and incorporating more fibre into their diets before turning to a colon cleansing product.
People who do use detox products and colon cleaning products should not use them for more than two weeks at a time, although a shorter period of merely a week is more than enough. This product is not designed to be a weight loss aid.
How to Take Puracleanse
Take 1-2 teaspoons (4 capsules) with a full glass of purified water or with Orange Juice twice daily.
Best taken on an empty stomach.
Puradyme are contactable in a number of different ways; they have a facebook page, but also list a telephone number: 855-PURLIYF (787-5493) and an email: firstname.lastname@example.org, which customers can use to contact the company.
The company headquarters is based at:
The PuraDyme Program
347 2nd Ave West, Ste G
Colville WA 99114
Customers should be aware that this is not the address to which returns should be sent; customers who want a return should consult the returns policy and contact the company, who will provide a returns code and address to those who qualify for a return.
- Not a weight loss aid
- Potentially nasty and serious side effects
- Not suitable for long term use
What Does Puracleanse Claim To Do?
According to the manufacturer:
PuraDyme’s PuraCleanse is a superior blend of specialized herbs to gently cleanse, rebuild strength, and renew the entire intestinal tract… These specially selected natural ingredients have a long history of helping to soothe and heal the digestive tract while improving bowel function.
So What Is Puracleanse and What Are The Ingredients for Puracleanse?
The ingredients list below includes the quantities used per four capsule serving, or per two teaspoons of the loose product. The daily usage is to take four capsules, twice per day, making each bottle last around 28 days of use.
- Hibiscus (Flower) (932mg): The fruit acids in this plant may act as a laxative, and it may also work as a diuretic. It could work to counteract a loss of appetite.
- Psyllium Husk (908mg): Used to treat constipation.
- Peppermint Leaf (428mg): Used to treat digestive problems, IBS, gas, and the common cold, as well as sinus infections.
- Licorice Root (428mg): Used to treat digestive problems, but can cause water retention.
- Cascara Sagrada (144mg): Used to be an FDA-approved drug to treat constipation, but it was demoted to dietary supplement after manufacturers refused to provide any evidence supporting this plant’s safety. It appears to be safe for short term use, but should not be used for more than 2 weeks.
- Eleuthero Root (8mg): More commonly referred to as Siberian ginseng, it is often described as an adaptogen, and is used in herbal medicine to treat a range of ailments, from boosting the immune system, treating insomnia, preventing colds, increasing appetite and treating chronic fatigue. However, the Natural Medicine Journal has stated that ‘there is currently little clinical evidence on the use of Siberian ginseng… …to treat any medical condition in humans’, with mixed results from clinical trials and any beneficial effects declining after 8 weeks of use.
- Corn Silk (8mg): Corn silk is the long and shiny fibres at the top of an ear of corn. They appear to act as a diuretic.
So What Does All This Mean?
There are numerous laxatives and diuretics in this product, which is what one would expect from a colon cleansing supplement. However, several of the ingredients are also thought to increase appetite, which is obviously less than ideal from a dieter’s perspective.
The actual value and necessity of detoxing is heavily debated by medical professionals, with many doctors openly stating that the body does a good enough job of detoxing on its own naturally, and that additional help in the form of colon cleanses is not required.
Does Puracleanse Have Any Side Effects?
The most common side effect of a colon cleanse is a change in bowel habits. Some people may experience frequent loose stools and increased bowel movements, while others may find that their bowel movements stop completely. Dehydration is also a common side effect, as the body is expelling more water both through increased urination and moving more water into stools, due to the laxative and diuretic ingredients present in PuraCleanse Herbal Colon Cleanser.
Headaches and constipation are two side effects that may occur due to dehydration. Some people may experience diarrhoea, depending upon their own diet as well as the strength of the product they are using.
Over-reliance upon laxatives can also cause dependency, as the muscles in the colon become weaker.
In general, side effects of a detox are temporary, and will only last whilst the product is being used. Side effects can be minimised by drinking plenty of water throughout the day (rather than a large amount all at once), and altering the dosage of the product used. Altering your diet may also help, by increasing the amount of high-fibre foods, fruit and vegetables that are being eaten daily.
Perhaps the most serious worry of using Colon Cleanse products is that they can cause an electrolyte imbalance in the body. Calcium, chlorine, magnesium, phosphate, potassium, and sodium are all obtained from fluids, supplements, and foods, but increasing fluid output can decrease their levels in the body- even sweating due to exercise can significantly lower electrolyte levels.
Side effects of low levels of electrolytes include muscle cramps, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, trembling, muscle weakness, and stiff or aching joints. In the most severe cases, more serious symptoms can occur, such as low blood pressure, tachycardia (rapid heart rate), sunken eyes, confusion or loss of consciousness for even a brief moment, and poor skin elasticity. If any of these occur, a medical professional should be consulted immediately.
Looking at the individual ingredients, it is clear that there are numerous side effects that can develop from using this supplement. Licorice is not suitable for long term use, especially in large quantities, although it appears that much higher doses than are used in this product are required to cause severe side effects. Siberian ginseng can cause drowsiness, changes in heart rhythm, sadness, anxiety and muscle spasms, although these all seem to be rare. Hibiscus may increase the chances of miscarriage in pregnant women.
Cascara can cause stomach discomfort and cramps.
Long term use (longer than one or two weeks of continuous use) can lead to more serious side effects including dehydration, low levels of potassium, sodium, chloride, and other electrolytes in the blood, heart problems and muscle weakness. Peppermint can cause heartburn when taken in medicinal quantities. Corn silk can decrease potassium levels in the blood and can cause skin rashes, itching, and allergies.
Based upon this long list of possible side effects, we recommend that consumers take this for no more than a fortnight at a time, and ideally less often than that.
Not suitable for those under the age of 18.
Not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Not suitable for anyone who has intestinal related illness; consult your doctor if you are unsure if this product is suitable for you.
Consumers must drink plenty of water throughout the day whilst using this product to prevent severe dehydration.
Any Puracleanse Reviews From Customers?
There are seemingly no customer reviews for PuraCleanse from PuraDyme on any of the websites where it is sold. This is disappointing as it makes it difficult to establish just how strong the product is in practice.
So Does Puracleanse Work?
The ingredients used in this supplement are mainly laxatives and diuretics, and PuraCleanse will most likely be a fairly strong colon cleanser. Using laxatives and diuretics can cause some weight loss, but this is definitely a side effect, and not the main purpose of using the product.
Furthermore, any weight that is lost is most likely to be either water weight, or merely the body flushing out increased waste matter. Therefore any weight that is lost due to the use of these supplements is only going to be temporary, and will quickly be regained once the product is no longer being used.
Where Can I Buy Puracleanse?
A single bottle costs $39.95 from the manufacturer; for this price customers have a choice of 225 capsules or 283 grams of loose product.
For customers in the UK, evolutionorganics.co.uk offer PuraCleanse as either the Powder or capsules for £32.99 per bottle, plus delivery.
What About A Guarantee
The manufacturers of PuraCleanse have the following returns policy:
Only For products purchased directly from PuraDyme LLC. Any UNOPENED item may be returned for any reason within 30 days of the arrival of your product. The company reserves the right to charge a restocking fee not to exceed 20% of the purchase price.
Any sales tax paid will be refunded in full. Refunds will be issued once the returned product has been received and processed at our shipping facility. Refunds are generally processed on Fridays. Unfortunately there is no refund for original shipping costs and you will be responsible for the return shipping expenses. You must send back all items on which you wish to receive a refund. You’ll be refunded for only the items that are sent back.
How to Request a Refund:
The first step of the refund process is obtaining a refund authorization number (RA#).
Please email us at email@example.com with your request for a return:
a) Your order number
b) The items you plan on returning
c) A small note about why you are returning your products (we really do care and would love to hear your feedback)
Once our team reviews your note you will be sent an RA# and a shipping address where you can send your return.
Customers who have purchased the product from other sites need to consult the retailer’s own returns policy.
In general, we do not recommend the use of colon cleansers, either for weight loss purposes or for actual colon cleansing, and this includes PuraCleanse Herbal Colon Cleanser. There are too many potential side effects associated with the use of colon cleansers to recommend them, as well as the fact that the majority of doctors state categorically that the body does not generally need artificial help from colon cleansers.
Even more relevant is that PuraCleanse is not designed to be a weight loss aid, and any weight loss results gained from it are most definitely temporary.
The company also has no money back guarantee, with the returns policy only applying to unopened products, and there is a significant restocking fee of “up to 20%”. Whilst this product may be suitable for people looking for a colon cleanser, it should not be used for more than two weeks at a time, followed by a significant period of not using the product at all. PuraCleanse cannot be put forward as a suitable weight loss aid.
We reject Puracleanse.