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DIM - All about Diindolylmethane, or DIM
All about Diindolylmethane, or DIM
Table of Contents
1.An Overview of DIM
2.Hormonal Balance for a Healthier Body
3.DIM for Women -- Achieving Optimal Estrogen Metabolism
4.DIM for Men -- Activating Testosterone
5.Getting Strong and Lean with DIM
6.Easy Steps for Using DIM Supplements
These are excerpts from All About DIM -- written by Michael A. Zeligs, MD, and A. Scott Connelly, MD and published by Avery, a member of penguin putnam Inc.
1. An Overview of DIM
The healthy effects of eating vegetables have been known for many years. It is only recently, however, that scientists have started to figure out exactly which substances in these foods provide the benefits. DIM is one of these substances.
Q. What exactly is DIM
A. Diindolylmethane, or DIM for short, is a plant indole -- a plant compound with health-promoting properties. DIM and other plant indoles are found in all cruciferous vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables include cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower. These plants have cultivated for centuries and were initially used for medicines.
About twenty years ago, scientists discovered that when broccoli was added to the diets of study animals, it could prevent certain forms of cancer. In more recent scientific studies, this same cancer protection was shown to result from simply adding supplemental DIM or related plant indoles to the animals' diets in place of the broccoli. Recently, regular use of supplementary DIM and its indole relatives has shown that many of these health-promoting effects arise from a beneficial shift in the balance of the sex hormones, estrogen and testosterone.
When you chew raw or lightly cooked cruciferous vegetables, plant enzymes -- substances that start a reaction -- are activated, which allows DIM to enter your body. But to get the most benefit from this indole, you would need to consume very large quantities of raw vegetables each day. To overcome this problem, absorbable forms of pure DIM have been developed as dietary supplements that use special absorption-enhancing formulas. (See Chapter 6 for specific information about supplementing with DIM.)
Q. What exactly is DIM
A. DIM stimulates more efficient estrogen metabolism. Supplementing the diet with DIM and eating cruciferous vegetables increases the specific aerobic metabolism for estrogen, multiplying the chance for estrogen to be broken down into its beneficial, or "good" estrogen metabolites. These "good"estrogen metabolites are known as the 2-hydroxy estrogens. Many of the benefits that are attributed to estrogen, which include its ability to protect the heart and brain with its antioxidant activity, are now known to come from these "good" metabolites.
When DIM increases the "good" estrogen metabolites, there is a simultaneous reduction in the levels of undesirable or "bad" estrogen metabolites. These include the 16-hydroxy estrogens, which are not antioxidants and can actually cause cancer. Greater production of these "bad" estrogen metabolites is promoted by obesity and exposure to a number of manmade environmental chemicals. These "bad" estrogen metabolites are responsible for many of estrogen's undesirable actions in women and men, including further unwanted weight gain, breast cancer, and uterine cancer.
IN addition, a slow metabolism of estrogen, which leaves too much unmetabolized active estrogen known as estradiol in the body, can be a problem for both women and men. Elevated estradiol causes moodiness and breast pain in women and loss of sex drive in men. By promoting a healthy estrogen metabolism, DIM adjusts the balance of estradiol to its "good" metabolites. This also can result in a more desirable action fro testosterone. Testosterone supports energy and mood and helps sustain interest in sex in both men and women. When supplemental DIM is taken along with a program of regular exercise, it can help estrogen and testosterone contribute to good physical conditioning.
2. Hormonal Balance for a Healthier Body
Hormonal balance refers to the healthiest, most beneficial mix of all your hormonal messages. It is the key to achieving your peak physical conditioning and making your exercise count for a better body. The best hormonal balance can help you stay healthy, resist aging, and get top results from bodybuilding. Hormonal im balance can result in inefficient metabolism, inappropriate cell growth, and the survival of abnormal cells that can lead to cancer. DIM contributes to a better metabolism in the most natural way possible by working with your own hormones and adjusting their action to avoid hormonal imbalance. This chapter discusses how hormonal balance and DIM can help you develop a stronger, leaner, and healthier body.
3. DIM for Women -- Achieving Optimal Estrogen Metabolism
Maintaining hormonal balance is now recognized as an important goal in women's health. Using the diet to beneficially influence estrogen metabolism is a safe approach to resisting age-related hormonal changes. DIM supplements actively to promote a desirable estrogen metabolism that produces more of the "good" estrogen metabolites, known as 2-hydroxy estrogens. Hormonal balance also involves benefits from the small amount of testosterone present in women. DIM's specific benefits for women are covered in this chapter.
4. DIM for Men -- Activating Testosterone
DIM helps to eliminate active estrogen from the male body by promoting its conversion into the "good" metabolites. These metabolites then free up testosterone by bumping it off the testosterone-binding proteins. The end result is a healthier balance of testosterone to estrogen and more free testosterone circulating in the body. In scientific studies, high levels of testosterone and low levels of estrogen have been linked to lean body mass, an efficient fat-burning metabolism, and low abdominal obesity. Other benefits from testosterone are improved mood, more interest in sex, and better physical conditioning. In this chapter, we'll explore these issues in more detail.
5. Getting Strong and Lean with DIM
Improving estrogen metabolism with DIM results in direct and indirect support for more efficient weight training. Use of DIM supplements provides the first estrogen-management system for men and women. "Good" estrogen metabolites directly support muscle well-being through their antioxidant action. This chapter will explore the use of DIM in creating a hormonal balance for the most successful weight-training and physical-conditioning programs
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Although that's a very informative post Nextlevel, The article itself is directed at everyone, like DIM is some kind of wonder drug, good for men & women alike, can cure cancer, can reduce oestrogen and increase testosterone in men, yet do the opposite in women. Too good to be true me thinks. Also from my own research I know that it is factually incorrect and upon further research I found that it was originally written by Michael A. Zeligs and A. Scott Connelly.
Michael Zeligs is a CEO of a company that sells DIM. http://www.bioresponse.com/Michael-A-Zeligs-MD.asp
And as for Scott Connelly he was a hospital doctor who got fired for medical malpractice, then wrote a "Fad Diet" book that has been largely discredited. http://www.ripoffreport.com/weightloss- ... -b6786.htm
Here's some facts that I know about DIM. Diindolylmethane is currently being studied for use in reducing cancerous growths and although it hasn't yet been associated with any negative side effects, the research on it is still a bit thin on the ground. And even though DIM is present in cruciferous vegetables, taking a high-potency supplement is very different from eating these foods. Future studies with larger numbers of participants could uncover problems. Because of the lack of research, it is not known whether diindolylmethane is safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women, or for people with kidney or liver
However it is known that DIM stimulates the production of Cytochrome p450. Cytochrome P450s are a family of enzymes represented in all kingdoms with expression in many species. Over 3,000 enzymes have been identified in nature. Humans express 57 putatively functional enzymes with a variety of critical physiological roles. They are involved in the metabolic oxidation, peroxidation, and reduction of many endogenous and exogenous compounds including xenobiotics, steroids, bile acids, fatty acids, eicosanoids, environmental pollutants, and carcinogens.
More importantly to the use of DIM for PCT purposes, The cytochrome p450 group of enzymes is the group to which aromatase belongs. Which I'm sure you're aware is not something you want to be increasing after a cycle of steroids as oestrogen levels will already be high enough without increasing the levels of the enzyme responsible for converting free testosterone into oestrogen.
There are plenty more I can write on the subject such as how it thins the blood or how it has been found to reduce testosterone however, I believe that I don't need to. Anyone reading this can see the reasons not to use it at all never mind through PCT. So be careful what you read, be critical of everything and research every product because there will always be someone trying to sell you snake oil as the wonder cure/drug.