What is Diindolylmethane (DIM)?


 

 
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What is DIM?

DIM (diindolylmethane), is a food-based compound found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and Brussel’s sprouts. Studies have shown that it has the ability to reduce the risk of certain cancers, especially those influenced by excessive estrogen levels, such as breast, uterine and prostate. DIM can also stimulate fat breakdown and encourage an increase in muscle mass. DIM can effectively modulate estrogen metabolism – helping to do away with uncomfortable symptoms of PMS, perimenopause and prostate issues.

Estrogen hormones are naturally found in men and women and have many benefits such as preserving artery health and brain function while fighting oxidative free radical damage. Natural estrogen dominance occurs as women near menopause, starting even ten years prior to menopause, where they often don’t make as much progesterone to balance their estrogen.

Symptoms such breast pain, water retention, heavy painful menstrual cycles, or irritable anxious moods are typical bothersome symptoms. Estrogen’s over-stimulation of breasts and uterus tissue can lead to breast cysts or adenomas and uterine growths – both unpleasant and potentially dangerous physical outcomes are too often accompanied by worrisome mammograms and hysterectomies. Men often suffer from estrogen overload as well.With normal aging their testosterone levels drop as the conversion to estrogen increases, leading to a falling ratio of testosterone to estrogen. Higher estrogen levels in men lead to weight gain, loss of muscle mass, feminization of the body, further decreases in already falling testosterone levels, and increase the risk of diseases such as heart disease and prostate cancer.
The enzyme that normally converts testosterone to estrogen is mostabundant in fat, so as men put on weight the cycle of falling testosterone and rising estrogen simply picks up speed.

DIM is great for breast and prostate health as it helps to regulate estrogen metabolism. It increases levels of favorable estrogens (2 hydroxy estrogen) and reduces less favorable estrogens (16 hydroxy estrogen) You can’t go wrong adding this supplement to your current regimen, especially if you tend toward estrogen dominance which most of us do as we approach menopause.

 

 

 

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