If you were taught to “eat your veggies” growing up, it
turns out that this was very good advice. Specifically, crucifierous
vegetables, including broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, may
impart powerful benefits. This is due to the presence of the compound diindolylmethane
(DIM). DIM is naturally produced when we digest foods rich in the nutrient called
indole-3-carbinol (I3C). Among DIM’s potential benefits are detoxification,
prostate health and cancer,
including breast, colorectal and uterine cancers.
Diindolylmethane and Estrogen
As of yet, how DIM actually works within the body is unknown.
However, in their book, All
About DIM, co-authors Dr. Michael Zeligs and Dr. Scott Connelly stated that
its benefits may lie in its ability to balance the sexual hormones estrogen and
testosterone. They explained that when estrogen breaks down in your body, it can
form either beneficial or harmful estrogen metabolites (metabolism
However, DIM helps the body to break down estrogen into its
beneficial type. These beneficial metabolites have antioxidant properties,
protecting against free radical damage. At the same time, DIM reduces harmful
estrogen metabolite levels, which may contribute to serious health risks. These
include: moodiness, breast pain in women, loss of sex drive in men and increased
obesity risks. Higher metabolite levels may also increase risks for breast and
uterine cancer, in both men and women.
Diindolylmethane may promote a healthy balance of testosterone
in the body. Among this hormone’s benefits are those for anti-aging, energy, mood
and maintaining a healthy sex drive. Zeligs also found that as DIM helps
encourage lean body mass, when combined with exercise, it can increase muscle
mass. However, as these benefits are unproven, more research needs to be conducted.
By regularly taking WellLife’s DIM supplement,
you’ll receive the necessary amounts of this crucial nutrient.