What is a DIM Supplement?
Diindolylmethane (DIM) is created in the body during the digestive process after eating cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli. It is known to impact estrogen levels. Because of this many women take the DIM supplement when they are trying to correct an estrogen imbalance.
Is a DIM Supplement RIght for Estrogen Dominance?
The short answer – it depends.
The hormone panel that I use with my clients in the Radiant Method, doesn’t just tell me the levels of estrogen, progesterone, or testosterone. It dives even deeper into your hormonal health. It shows me the three estrogen metabolite breakdown of your phase 1 detox pathway, into 2-hydroxyestrone (2-OH), 4-hydroxyestrone (4-OH), and 16 alpha-hydroxyestrone levels (16-OH).
Why is this important? Because it’s not just about estrogen levels. You want your 2-OH metabolites to be the more dominant of the 3 since this is considered the “healthy” pathway. Knowing exactly how your body processes and metabolizes hormones is vital in knowing how to best approach your healing plan.
When to Use DIM and When Not To
Supplementing with DIM could be a great option if we see your 2-OH pathways need to be supported to avoid your body from choosing the 4-OH and 16-OH pathways. However, during phase 2, methylation needs to occur for proper estrogen metabolism. But if you have genetic mutations or don’t have the vital nutrients needed for methylation to occur, DIM could back up your phase 2 detox pathway and contribute to estrogen dominance. For instances like this, supplements that encourage and support methylation may be helpful, whereas DIM could make matters worse if other issues aren’t addressed correctly first.
Want to Get Your Hormones Tested and Get 1:1 Guidance and Recommendations?
If you want a deep dive into what’s going on in your hormones, my 6-month Radiant Method program covers all of this plus you’ll gain SO much more insight into your overall wellness.It’s incredibly empowering to finally discover WHY you’ve been struggling with debilitating symptoms for so long and to receive REAL solutions. Reach out today to learn about the programs we offer at 561-600-0922. We’d love to help you get back to the healthy, confident, energetic, glowing, RADIANT you!