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Wednesday, August 06, 2008 Jackie, Community Member, asks

Q: My doctor has recommend DIM (diindolylmethane). What is the recommended dose?

My local pharmacies don't carry it and I have searched online. Prices vary greatly. Any suggestions?

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Toni Hurst, Health Guide
8/16/08 6:27pm

I had never heard of this until you mentioned it, but I did some research and it sounds interesting. It is a found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and kale. It promotes estrogen metabolism. Do you have breast cancer or breast health issues? I think your money would be better spent eating lots of these vegetables (which are known to be cancer-fighting) and with the actual vegetable, you get the fiber and other vitamins they provide. But if your doctor says to take the supplement,  then you should, but you should get a recommended dosage from him or her. Also, your insurance might cover it if he/she prescribes it, even if it is an over-the-counter supplement.  Good luck!

--toni hurst

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lms, Community Member
8/29/08 11:58am

Found in such vegetables is a powerful phytonutrient called DIM, or diindolylmethane. To get just 10 to 30 mg of DIM youd need to eat one-and-a-half pounds of it. While 30 mg is better than none, its not therapeutic. It is recommended that people take 100 to 200 mg of bioavailable DIM daily (i.e., nature's way, about $25). To get this amount from food just isnt practical, youd require four to six pounds of broccoli to achieve beneficial levels.

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Cara, Community Member
3/31/09 5:01pm

I have been taking one DIM capsule before bed (Nature's Way DIM-Plus) for approx. 6 months now.  I am in my mid 40's and for the past dacade had been having HEAVY periods - to the point where I could not leave my house for at least two full days a month. 

 

After taking the DIM for one month I could tell a slight improvement - and now, after 6 months - I would say my blood loss is about HALF of what it was prior to starting on it!

 

I will NOT be without it again - ever....after MUCH research on it, I believe it is so very important for so many different health concerns, for women and men too.

 

If I were you I would Google "DIM" and read, read, read.... :-)

 

Good luck to you!

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Svetlana, Community Member
3/ 2/11 10:18am

Thanks Cara,

I am totally agreed with you.

I am in my mid 40, my friend recommend taking the DIM as I put a weight on and straggling to loose it. After having 1st tin of DIM plus my first period was almost nothing but next one I had to take days off as it was like "open tap"  and of course  my iron dropped. Nettle tea helps me to reduce bleeding.  Did not know what shall I blame to coming menopause? this supplement? or my fibroids? Until I have decided to make a research for diindolymethane which get me to this web forum.

So thank you again now I know what course my very heavy bleeding and know I am not only one have this "side effect"

 

Svetlana

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Lynn, Community Member
9/17/09 2:32pm

The best source to order DIM is youngagain.com  you can purchase 200mg

60 caps for between $10 and $20 can't remember due to mentalpause.  This is by far the least expensive and the highest dose you will find anywhere.  hope this helps

Lynn

P.S.  Lots of reshearch pier reviewed on DIM it's good stuff

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tstrong, Community Member
10/ 4/09 11:28am

I'm 52, on replacement thyroid hormone and in the last two years went through a horrible menopause experience.  It turned out I was taking too much thyroid, which was dropped back by thirty percent.  But a lot of my symptoms, like heart palpitations, and bloating only responded to DIM.  Since starting it three months ago, I have dropped 10 pounds, the extreme breast tenderness that I was experiencing has disappeared, along with other strange symptoms.  It definitely works.  I get my DIM from nutriciangeeks.com.

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tstrong, Community Member
10/ 4/09 1:10pm

Correction on my earlier post--http://www.nutritiongeeks.com/

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ladymorgi, Community Member
9/23/10 5:38pm

I'm taking DIM-Plus from Nature's way.  100 mg per cap, with a blend of other ingredients to make it more easily absorbed.  at 3 caps per day, I'm able to make it through the day without hot flashes.  Its recommended at 200-400 for women and the same for men.

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