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What do perimenopause, premenstrual syndrome, enlarged prostate glands, and early heart a acks have in common? Estrogen. A new understanding of healthy estrogen metabolism is providing natural treatments for these and other important condi ons confron ng both women and men. Fortunately, phytonutrients discovered in cruciferous vegetables offer a natural approach to resolving estrogen imbalance. Dietary supplementa on with an absorbable form of one of these phytonutrients, called Di-Indolyl Methane (DIM), helps promote healthier estrogen metabolism. DIM's hormonal balancing effects have revealed these midlife problems are not due to estrogen itself alone, but rather, to estrogen metabolism imbalances. Q. WHAT IS DIM, AND HOW CAN IT HELP HORMONES? A. DIM is a phytonutrient (plant nutrient) found in cruciferous vegetables. These include cabbage, broccoli, bok choy, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, mustard, rutabaga, and turnip. These plants have been cul vated for thousands of years and were ini ally used for their medicinal benefits. The connec on between DIM and hormones like estrogen has to do with similar characteris cs between them at the molecular level. DIM is not an estrogen or a hormone, but like estrogen it shares the common characteris c of being poorly soluble in water. Like estrogen, DIM can be metabolized only by a special class of cytochrome enzymes that reside in cell membranes in the non-water part of cells. It turns out that DIM, when consumed in food or in absorbable formula ons, encourages its own metabolism. This special metabolic pathway for DIM, and the enzymes involved, precisely overlap with the pathway needed for healthy estrogen metabolism. Stated simply, supplemen ng the diet with DIM specifically promotes beneficial estrogen metabolism and helps restore a healthy hormonal balance. DIM For Natural Protection from Estrogen's Effects (Di-Indolyl Methane) Abby's Magazine - Volume 5 Issue 2| Page 73

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