Like l previously posted, there are other supplements out there that are extremely beneficial for women battling endo and infertility and l’ve been carrying out some research on them. Today, l would like to talk about Diindolymethane or DIM for short. It is formed in the body from plant substances contained in cruciferous vegetables e.g cabbage, broccoli, kale, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts etc. Scientists think these vegetables may help to protect the body against different kinds of cancers (breast cancer, colon cancer, uterine cancer etc) because they contain DIM and a related chemical called indole-3-carbinol (mentioned in a previous post). Animal and laboratory research has found that DIM kills cancer cells and stops the cells from spreading (according to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York- MSKCC)
Now we all know that Endo is made worse by too much estrogen in the body.Estrogen dominance has been linked to the development of endo and it may happen through toxins we encounter everyday through food, pesticides, cosmestics etc. DIM helps by flushing out the excessive estrogen and focuses on healing the liver which regulates the estrogen and toxin levels in the body. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center on Endometriosis, taking DIM capsules 1-2 times a day helps the body metabolize estrogen into the most beneficial forms and not into harmful forms.
Okay, so far, so fantastic. Less estrogen, less endometriosis symptoms, pain and inflammation. However like every other supplement, it does have side effects. It is not recommended for pregnant/ nursing women and long term use is not advised. Some reviews have mentioned allergic reactions like dizziness and swollen lymph nodes. Still, the positive reviews have been amazing especially from women with Endo who have combined it with other supplements like Serrapeptase, Nattokinase and COq 10( more on those two later). After further research, my husband and l decided to buy Nature’s Way DIM plus from Amazon yesterday. By God’s Grace, it will also work effectively and l’ll be posting it’s effects from time to time.
Thanks for reading.