Many cancers, diseases, and just overall discomfort are driven by imbalances in hormones. The reasons are many but exposure to estrogens in our environment is by far the greatest cause of hormone dysregulation. Diindolylmethane, also know as DIM, is a natural compound found in cruciferous vegetables that promotes beneficial estrogen metabolism in both women and men. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts are rich in diindolylmethane. DIM affects estrogen metabolism by promoting the excretion of xenoestrogens, which are “bad estrogens” we encounter through pesticides in our diet, food laced with hormones, and from pollution in the environment.
DIM is increasing in popularity as a natural therapy due to medical research showing its positive effects on aberrant cells and healthy estrogen metabolism. Scientists at UC Berkeley discovered that DIM is also a potent modulator of the immune system – meaning that it can help balance a Th1/Th2 dominance. DIM, combined with some of our formulas such as Boston C acts as a strong immunomodulator, enhancing and supporting highly efficient immune system function.
Other nutrients including Quercetin, Turmeric (Curcumin), Astragalus, Scutellaria barbata, add to the effectiveness of DIM in both clearing xenoestrogens and balancing the immune system. Not all cancers are hormonally driven but use of DIM can benefit everyone since our exposure to environmental hormones is ubiquitous.
Ultimately, when dealing with hormone issues, autoimmune diseases, or cancer, correcting the CAUSE is the first step. Be wise and consume only grass-fed organic meat when possible, stay away from non native dairy products, and stop using plastics in contact with food or drink. It may be impossible to totally eliminate xenoestrogens, but we can certainly limit exposure.