Diindolylmethane or (DIM) as it is better known has started picking up steam as a supplement of choice to deal with a variety of issues such as acne, PMS, mood swings, fibroids, menopause symptoms, and even things like man boobs. Read on to find out the benefits of DIM and whether it’s right for you.
Recently it has become common knowledge that cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, etc.) help prevent a number of diseases including breast cancer. That’s because they contain a compound called indole-3-carbinol. When indole-3-carbinol hits your stomach acid, a chemical reaction converts it to diindolylmethane (DIM), and that’s what provides the long term health benefits.
You could eat a giant serving bowl of broccoli and cabbage to get the researched dose of DIM, and veggies are obviously necessary for overall health. But there’s a catch. The veggies that contain indole-3-carbinol are the same ones that contain goitrogenic compounds — compounds that mess with your thyroid.
If you have thyroid problems, you have to pay attention to goitrogens. There’s a two-way cause-effect relationship between your thyroid and excess estrogen. You can still have your broccoli and cabbage with a lazy thyroid. You don’t want piles of it, though. If you take DIM in a capsule, you avoid those extra compounds and the resulting thyroid pitfalls.
The benefits of DIM go way beyond breast cancer prevention also being beneficial for weight loss, acne, menopause and more.
The list of uses for diindolylmethane is growing as research on the topic expands. There is science behind benefits of DIM for things like:
Preventing negative effects of testosterone supplementation