The Supplement DIM Can Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk!
There are many risk factors associated with cancer: some that can be altered (such as smoking in lung cancer) and some that cannot (such as gender in breast cancer). Scientific evidence suggests about one-third cancer deaths are nutrition-related and could be prevented. Let me give you a second to let that sink in...one-third are nutrition-related! While many individuals try hard to reduce their own personal and modifiable cancer risk, this is not always easy to do. Using supplemental DIM is a remarkable way to reduce cancer risk.
So, what is DIM? DIM is an indole phytonutrient (plant nutrient) found only in cruciferous vegetables (think broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage). When cruciferous vegetables are chewed, plant enzymes are released. Once these enzymes are exposed to stomach acid, a compound called indole-3 carbinol (I3C) is formed which, in turn, yields DIM.
DIM has a direct effect on the hormone estrogen and how it is metabolized. Estrogen has many beneficial activities in the human body: regulating the growth and development of reproductive organs, controlling the growth of the uterine lining, assisting in promotion of fertilization and pregnancy, maintaining the normal structure of skin and blood vessels, maintaining bone structure, and regulating various metabolic processes. However, excessive prolonged exposure to estrogen is also associated with serious health problems. Women with higher levels of estrogen circulating in their bloodstreams have a higher incidence of breast cancer. DIM can successfully increase the ratio of “good” to “bad” estrogen. DIM supplementation specifically promotes beneficial estrogen metabolism and helps restore a healthy hormonal balance.
While increasing consumption of cruciferous vegetables may be beneficial for most people. Many individuals have good intentions of eating more broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower but find they don’t or can’t actually do so. You would have to eat approximately 1.5 pounds a day! Every day! While Americans eat 3.6 servings of vegetables and 1.6 servings of fruit daily – iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, French fries, bananas, and orange juice were the most commonly consumed items (UGH!). Dark green and cruciferous vegetable intake was quite low.
Numerous studies have shown no harmful side effects of DIM. Daily doses can range from 60 mg daily to between100-300 mg daily. As always before starting any medication or supplement you should consult with your physician.