Heard about it recently and was wondering if it helps achieve hormonal balance as it alleges. It seems like it could be helpful considering all the xenoestrogens in our environment. Here's a link if you're curious: http://www.dimfaq.com/site/articles.htm
Yes, I took DIM after I stopped birth control. I read that it can help bring hormonal balance faster. It was a mistake, I had a very strange reaction to it and couldn't take it for more than a few days. I felt like I had been drugged, really lightheaded and dizzy with extreme dry mouth and lips. A supplement should not do this, and it was definitely the DIM, no other factors were involved. The side affects would hit about 30 min after taking it and last awhile.
I don't think enough research has been done about this particular supplement and I think it's very problematic to isolate one compound in a plant and take only that. Nature works through synergy.
I understand your worries about xeno-estogens, but first there are things you can do to limit exposure. I don't ever drink from plastic containers and plastic wrap is banned in my house! I don't buy food that comes in plastic except my meat, which is unavoidable. If you can buy organic produce, you don't need to worry about synthetic pesticides. Unless you 're seeing real signs of hormonal imbalance, you shouldn't worry too much. A healthy body can process a lot of toxins.
Since we often can't help being exposed to toxins, the best way to help the body IMO is to support the liver and kidney. I take Burdock, Dandelion and Milk thistle tinctures. There are also herbs specifically for balancing hormones in men if you do a little research. I take Chaste Tree and Dong Quai which are classic hormone balancing herbs for women. Don't take herbs in pill form, they are usually garbage and waste of money. High quality extracts are the most potent. Good Luck!
I've had chronic adult acne for years now with no relief from changing diet, greens skin plus supplements, Accutane, no oil hair products. Finally I realised I'm very high in estrogen and low in progesterone (by having problems concieving-they measured my hormone levels). Estrogen is my problem. As soon as I started taking progesterone creme day 21-28 and taking primerose oil supplements to help balance hormones I achieved clear(er) skin. It's such a relief. I also realised I've been terribly deficient in Vit D. So now with primrose, vit D vit C and greens for skin. I hope now I've lessened my chances of cancer, with high estrogen, low vit D its a catastrophic combination. This supplement is vegetable based so unless you're allergic to veggies, I can't see it being adverse. I haven't tried it however I am willing to. We need to support more tests for natural remedies. Unfortunately the Conservatives in Canada and the Republicans in the USA have stifled research of natural remedies by allowing pharmaceutical companies to monopolise the health care industry, both parties have prohibited products on the market that don't have "pharmaceutical" labelling into the market.
I used it, and it brought my menopausal hormone levels back into normal range, and all hot flashes are basically gone, I use it in conjuction with B vitamins. I also, don't eat sugar or hot spicy foods, it seems to trigger hot flashes, but not as bad, since I take the DIM. I love DIM!!!
Per www.vrp.com, Vitamin Research Products: Individuals would have to consume prohibitively large quantities of raw cruciferous vegetables in order to achieve the known effects. Studies suggested that 1-2 pounds of these vegetables must be consumed in order to achieve this clinical effect.13 While consuming large amounts of fruits and vegetables is sound health advice, cruciferous vegetables in particular are difficult to digest for many people, especially 1-2 pounds’ worth. Furthermore, eating large quantities of cruciferous vegetables is known to be goitrogenic (enlarging the thyroid gland) and can lead to thyroid problems. Interestingly, while cruciferous vegetables have been found to be goitrogenic, DIM has actually been found to inhibit the growth of primary goiter cells by 70 percent compared to untreated controls. The same study found that DIM inhibited a number of different thyroid cancer cell lines.14
For individuals who want to confer protection against hormone dependent health conditions, supplementation with DIM is therefore preferable to eating large quantities of cruciferous vegetables.
I started it less than a month ago due to concerns about peri-meni-pause and the changes your body goes thru including the dreaded Meni-pot! (new fat on your stomach you NEVER had before) I found articles on a high grade - I won't mention it because I am not 'promoting' anything - I have lost the extra abdominal fat, honestly haven't felt better in long time.. was it the supplement? I don't know for sure.. I think this article is really interesting- I think like THIS and any supplement that isn't pharmaceutical grade and not adhering to the 'good manufacturing' guidelines is the question of quality. The first comment made could be someone that took a 5 dollar bottle of crap claiming to be the product with low to no levels of it in there.. http://www.natural-progesterone-advisory-network.com/the-cruciferous-choice-diindolylmethane-or-i3c/ Do your research and I would highly recommend you give it a try.
I tried ActivaMune which was put together by the original scientific discoverers of DIM at UC Berkeley and it was very helpful for me.
Another resource that I found to be helpful was the following website with a lot of published studies on DIM.
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