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We should be using DIM!

By, Yvonne Howie

Out recently with friends, we talked about living in a culture where so many people pursue flawless aesthetic perfection. We chuckled when someone asked if there is as much focus paid to our insides. Well, the word on the street is that a new miracle supplement can help with problems like oestrogen imbalance, acne, fibroids, weight loss, menopause and cancer and that ‘DIM’ is this latest alternative treatment.

So what is DIM? (DIM) 3,3′-diindolylmethane is a naturally occurring plant substance produced from indole-3-carbinol (13C) via digestive enzymes in the stomach. I3C  is derived from cruciferous vegetables such as kale, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, bok choy and Brussels sprouts which then get partly converted into DIM.

We know that vegetables promote better health, so immediately I’m thinking: this isn’t really new information. However, having fought weight issues/premenstrual symptoms ever since I can remember and as someone who struggles with my gag reflex to ‘enjoy’ a sprout, I was intrigued and as a health professional trained to question everything by seeking an evidence base, I decided to explore some research to see if DIM is all that it’s cracked up to be. The findings were remarkable.

We all know the benefits of eating fruit and leafy greens but researchers are discovering that supplementing this with DIM provides increased anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial protection. DIM has also been linked to stopping or limiting the growth or progression of cancer as well as providing hormone-balancing actions. It also potentially demonstrates antiparasitic, antioxidant, antiarthritic….

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