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
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on January 25, 2011
at 03:30 PM
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!
on October 03, 2012
at 01:46 PM
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!!!
on May 31, 2014
at 12:43 PM
Just thought I'd add to this discussion and say that I used to get the brain fog, dizziness and even headaches when I first started taking a DIM supplement (DIM Plus), but I have since learned that it is extremely important to be supporting your liver whilst taking it (at least while your body adjusts to it!) Remember, the DIM is making the body expel the bad oestrogen from the body - and the liver plays a huuuuuge part in that detoxing as it's one of the main oestrogen-processors in our body. Support your liver while you take a DIM supplement and you should be fine. A liver supporting supplement made the difference for me! No more side effects. And the DIM, I believe, is making a really noticeable difference to my skin, alongside a healthy diet of course! And another special secret for giving hormonal, cystic acne the kick: eat/drink omega 3 rich hemp seed oil! Use it on your face too. My skin loves it! Good luck!
on July 18, 2013
at 03:55 AM
I am 34 and from Australia, I am Estrogen dominant by about 30 x the normal amount and just had 3 benign tumors removed from my ovaries. The doctors cannot figure out what is happening because my bloods do not match my symptoms. I have not had my period since January and have gained over 22 kilos. I researched DIM and ordered from America as it is not available in Australia, It arrived today and I have taken one capsule 4 hours ago and keep nodding off at my work desk - that may not be related, however from what I have read DIM is a powerful detox therefore when your body detoxes you tend to get horrible headaches etc for at least two weeks if your body is especially toxic or you consume too much sugar. I will see how this goes as at this point I will try anything. If anyone else knows ways to rid the body of estrogen - that would be great! (I have already gone organic everything and cut out soy and sugar)
on July 16, 2013
at 10:05 AM
DIM Is supposed to be in estrogen-blocker. Per my new homeopathic doctor's suggestion, I have been taking it for two months now. She also treated me with glutathione infusions and herbs to detox my liver.
I mainly wanted to see if I could cure my insomnia. I've had hormonal issues since I was 18 and a little insomnia before my period (part of my PMS), but everything got worse several years ago when I went through a stressful divorce. I went on progesterone cream a few years ago which was a lifesaver – literally. With that, plus eating more protein, I went from a 2 in energy (I had to lay in bed most of the day) to about a 6. Then, I went on Ashwaghanda which seemed to help my thyroid and/or hormones.
The first month after starting the new treatments with the DIM, herbs, glutathione was great. My insomnia was reduced 50%. I Got really tired for the first time in 4 1/2 years.
on July 14, 2013
at 03:49 AM
That's the thing about natural "meds". Not everything works for everybody. I like DIM. I'm on bio-ident HRT, but once or twice a yr I do a bottle of DIM to get rid of the xenoestrogens that are unavoidable. My husband takes it too. Black cohosh helps many women with menopause symptoms, but it gives me HORRIBLE migraines (Only time I've ever had them). But I don't around telling people it's no good just because it didn't work for me. Texas
on June 17, 2013
at 01:44 AM
DIM really normalized my Cycle and PMS after pregnancy. My period returned at 1 year postpartum and instead of regulating, it got worse every month. I ended up with hormonal hair loss, acne, bloating. I had a painful 40 day cycle with feverish body aches and cramps. Instead of actual blood just black goo came out and my period lasted for up to 11 days. After only one month on DIM, milk thistle, burdock root and vitex, my period was close to normal. After 3 months I had a 28 day cycle, a pain free period and bled fresh red blood for only 3 days. My acne bettered too, although it did not clear up completely. Probiotics helped my skin get clearer though.
on May 17, 2013
at 03:01 AM
I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and started taking DIM 4 weeks after my double masectomy for stage 1 invasive breast cancer. Within one week not only did I feel better but now, after 3 weeks of DIM, I feel fantastic. My body is warmer (I used to walk around freezing) and I notice I have more energy. I am highly sensitive to all medications so I am thrilled that I am responding so well to DIM. Other than a 2-second dizzy feeling the first night I took it I have had no side effects at all.
on December 05, 2012
at 06:21 PM
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.
on October 10, 2012
at 11:44 PM
I took it, and am still taking it. It balanced my hormones out, took my hot flashes away, and cleared up the dark spots on my skin.
on January 25, 2011
at 01:41 AM
I think I'd rather eat real food and balance out my hormones that way, thanks.
on May 13, 2016
at 11:04 PM
In response to comments by Lynn_15 and Jennifer_Zuccaro_Zipp_Tyre: I too am on bio-HRT and have been using DIM as per my physician's recommendations. She says it is necessary to get the estrogen to follow the proper pathways in the body so that any excess estrogen does not do harm. What I find interseting in both of your cases is the observation that estrogen increases vascular flow in the body, which is why it's so important for women as we age. The risk of cardiovascular disease, dimentia and stroke go up for us as we age because we lose the protective effect of estrogen which SUPPORTS the vascular system. So if taking estrogen and DIM results in neuropathic pain in the feet, that may indicate - and this is pure conjecture as I am not an MD and not providing any medical advice here, but simply pointing out something for you to look into some more - a problem with vascular flow in your body. I am reminded of how EECP therapy (look that up) not only helps people avoid or recover from cardio events, but seems to relieve neuropathic pain too, including peripheral neuropathy. There is a device sold by Hammacher Schlemmer under "Personal Care - Pain Relief" called "The circulation improving leg wraps" which work similarly to EECP (but they ARE NOT EECP!), and I noticed that people have reported in the reviews that it has significantly relieved their neuropathic pain. So there definitely seems to be a connection here - estrogen up, increased vascular flow... maybe you NEED that much estrogen and taking the DIM is dumping too much of it?
I have not experienced adverse effects from taking DIM, but after trying the BHRT pellet implants, I'm now using estradiol, progesterone and testosterone creams on a cyclic protocol. This allows me to tweak the dosages depending on how my body is responding to them. With the pellet implants, you're kind of stuck with whatever dosage your body makes of them. Your doctor should test you for all three hormones and be helping you find a protocol for balancing them according to your test results and symptoms. DIM plays an important role, so you should really keep your doctor apprised of your adverse reaction to it - don't call it foot pain: tell them you think it's neuropathic pain and ask questions regarding how estrogen can give rise to this, since both relate to the vascular system.
I'm using a number of supplements to ensure good cardio health too, since, at age 50, I've had a lot of severe repercussions from long-term excessive stress. Nattokinase, garlic, L-Carnitine, ample magnesium, lecithin granules and other supplements help the cardio system and arteries. I suffer from Raynaud's sydrome - my fingers turn white like they're dead if they get cold - and this is also a vascular disorder. It initially vanished when I started BHRT, but has recently returned a bit as my system is adjusting to the cyclic version of BHRT. There's definitiely a connection between them all!
on December 19, 2013
at 08:48 PM
on September 04, 2013
at 03:33 PM
Honestly after reading all the posts I am confused. I had bio identical hormone pellets put in at the end of July and the Dim was recommended as a supplement to it. I have had terrible insomnia taking either Ambien or Ibuprofen pm to help me get 5-6 hours of sleep. The bigger issue is the constant pain I feel in my feet. I was starting to think Fibromyalgia or RA but decided to stop taking the Dim and a huge difference. Will play with it the next week or so and see if it starts again when I start the Dim.
on August 13, 2013
at 04:19 AM
The best product for DIM is Estroblock. However, it is not in Canada. A decent one in Canada is called Estrosmart (50 mg a capsule) by Lorna Vanderhaeghe. It is a hormone balancing supplement and has other great ingredients as well.
on June 13, 2013
at 10:33 AM
I am on BioIdentical HRT and thought I would try DIM to see if I could get the most out of the HRT. Within a day I was irritable and started having a headaches. This is the only alteration in my daily intake so I Know this was it. I stopped after 3 days because it made me feel like I did before my hormones began balancing with BIHRT. I do not know if this can be a normal side effect reaction or just specific to me, havent been able to find much info about side effect. Needless to say, attributed the problem to DIM and stopped it. Started feeling better w/in a few days. Just my experience posted on here to help others know if this happens to them it could very well be the DIM for some unknown reason.
on June 06, 2013
at 02:16 AM
Where can I buy this product in Canada? I am in Ontario and the only product I have heard about in stores is an over priced "Nature's Way" brand that only includes 12.5 mg of DIM per capsule and it costs like 21 bucks for less than a months worth. I have tried ordering stronger concentrations via the internet and so far:
youngagain.com- never shipped the product to me so I am guessing it got held up at the border or they just stole my money.
vitacost.com- they were fine taking the money off of my credit card, but they never even sent me an email to confirm my order so they pretty much just flat out stole my money.
Is there ANYWHERE that I can go to physically purchase high potency DIM (at least 50mg per capsule) at a relatively fair price. Please do not tell me to order anything online because I will assume you are a representative from the website. I have officially been screwed over by both of the companies so far so I have absolutely no patience or tolerance for any more online purchases.
ANY help would be appreciated as I really want to try this stuff.
Thank you. Brad
on May 17, 2013
at 07:45 PM
Cee Cee, Maria, et al - how much DIM did you take a day? I've been taking 200 mg a day for about a week and have felt no effect. I believe in it though but don't want to overdose. So how much did you take and when? I have hypothyroidism and overstressed adrenals plus i'm menopausal, or post. I find the thyroid med that i take causes my body to heat up as does tyrosine. And i hated being overheated when i was cold all the time!
on January 10, 2013
at 10:40 PM
I recently visited a neurologist for migraines who informed me about DIM in an effort to get me off of estradiol which I have been taking for over 20 years due to early menopause and a hysterectomy and might be a contributing factor to my headaches. Each time I have tried to get off the estradiol I have literally gone insane from the hot lashes (floods) during the day and the consistent night sweats (every 45 minutes) leading to sleep deprivation, mental confusion, and lack of concentration. Since there is a history of breast cancer in the family I have been searching for alternatives but was presented with very little before now. I plan on trying it since research shows you would have to eat "2 lbs" (not cups) of raw cruciferous vegetables every day in order to have the same effect. The other surprise is the actual benefits for men as they age. There has been studies showing how it can prevent prostate and colon cancers. Overall it sounds like a great anti-inflammatory.
on October 07, 2012
at 06:51 AM
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.
on June 20, 2012
at 08:23 PM
Guys, the fact that DIM is extracted from cruciferous veggies makes me think it could have an effect on the thyroid. When I eat cruciferous veggies I get low energy and dry mouth and eyes.
on May 02, 2012
at 11:48 PM
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.
on April 04, 2011
at 12:43 AM
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.
on January 25, 2011
at 01:39 PM
I have heard a lot about DIM. They sell it on iherb.com and it gets really good ratings by the users. It makes you wonder. It is suppose to ward off Breast Cancer.
on October 25, 2014
at 08:54 PM
I am vegan , I work really hard physical labor, I have a perfect body muscle tone wise. I saw on the oz show recommending dim. I took 2 pills one time and 2 more the next day. Now I am getting bigger everywhere. I have cottage cheese looking dimples on my what was a perfect washboard stomach and my abdomen looks belly full. I feel like can't carry around the extra weight with much coordination . its been 2 months since I took it and I deeply regret it. I didn't have any menopausal symptoms but I thought oz knnew what he was talking about so adamently. and how could something so strong and disruptive such as dim be available over the counter.? I was feeling great at my age and now I feel and look like crap. I feel like filing a lawsuit for oz pushing products the way he did this one. Anyone feel that way?
on February 17, 2013
at 02:35 AM
Warning DIM is a neurotoxin. I also thought hey why not try this for balancing my hormones seems harmless Several reputable doctors are even recommending it. Well by the 3rd day I couldn't think straight like being in the fog it never happened too me before very frightening. Come to find out it is a toxin for your brain and when I got off of it my endo came back worse than before because I feel it did lower my estrogen while I was taking it.