What is DIM (Diindolylmethane)?
Diindolylmethane, also known as DIM, is a molecule that comes from the nutrient indole-3-carbinol.
This nutrient is commonly found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts and cabbage.
DIM has proven itself as a powerful estrogen balancer molecule and aromatase inhibitor.
It’s potent effects on estrogen metabolism help keep estrogen relatively balanced in your body.
Additionally it helps to convert powerful (harmful) types of estrogen into less potent (harmful) forms of estrogen, reducing the negative effects that one can feel from having too much powerful estrogen in their body.
DIM is also widely regarded as a powerful antioxidant with anti-cancer properties.
How Does DIM work?
When taken in small amounts DIM works as an effective aromatase inhibitor.
Aromatase is the enzyme that is responsible for creating new estrogen.
After taking DIM, it binds to the aromatase enzymes, limiting their effectiveness.
Through preventing the creation of new estrogen in the body by blocking the Aromatase enzyme from binding with testosterone to create new estrogen, estrogen levels in the body fall.
This helps to keep estrogen levels relatively balanced by preventing drastic increases or decreases in estrogen in your body.
Consequently, this aromatase inhibiting property of DIM has a secondary beneficial effect of increasing your testosterone levels. Promoting more lean muscle mass gain.
Since less testosterone is being converted into estrogen by aromatase, this enables free testosterone levels to rise and help your body.
Other than just lowering overall levels of estrogen, DIM also works to convert more powerful forms of estrogen into less powerful forms of estrogen that are less taxing on your body.
Supplementing daily with DIM has also proven to be very effective for helping deal with various forms of cancer such as: Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Cervical and Uterine Cancer.
DIM has also been noted as a useful anti-inflammatory agent in the body.
What Are The Benefits of DIM?
- Aromatase Inhibitor
- Anti-Estrogen Properties
- Convert Harmful Estrogen To Helpful Estrogen
- Testosterone Booster
- Anti-Cancer Properties
- Reduces inflammation
How To Use DIM?
The positive effects of DIM supplementation are felt at relatively low doses.
Taking as little as 100 mg per day have shown to have beneficial effects for reducing estrogen and anti-cancer properties.
Typical supplemental dosing of DIM is around 100 – 500 mg per day.
Side Effects of DIM
There are not many reported side effects of DIM supplementation. As a completely natural molecule found in most vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower, it’s generally regarded as very safe.
It’s anti-estrogenic properties have been noted to decrease with higher dosages. Taking a little bit of DIM goes a long way.
Over supplementing with DIM has been shown to have the opposite effects, potentially increasing estrogen production by overstimulating the estrogenic pathways.