Many fertility issues are the result of having estrogen dominance in the body. There are many ways for the body to become estrogen dominant, including:
- The environment
- Eating non-organic meat
- Processed soy foods
- Chemicals in products
The good news is that there is now a natural way to rid the body of an overabundance of estrogen: a supplement called DIM.
What is DIM?
Scientist knew there were powerful nutrients in crucifers like broccoli, cauliflower, kale and rutabaga, but until they began to isolate the various phytonutrients, they didn’t realize just how important they were. One of the plant nutrients discovered was DIM, which stands for diindolylmethane. It comes from the plant chemical I3C short for indole-3-carbinol.
To get just 10-30 mg of DIM you would have to eat one-and-a-half pounds of cruciferous vegetables!
Diindolylmethane releases in the stomach after you chew and swallow the vegetables. It balances the hormones and aids in the breakdown of estrogen. Estrogen is a major cause of the fertility issues women face today. Endometriosis, PCOS, and Ovarian Cysts, are all estrogen dominant conditions.
DIM also helps men. Both men and women have estrogen. Men’s estrogen increases with age and is subject to the same problems as estrogen in the female body, including improper metabolism.
Women having troubles becoming pregnant may benefit from the hormone balancing actions of DIM. Hormone imbalance shows symptoms like:
- Heavy bleeding
- Ovarian cysts
- Recurrent Miscarriage
- Lack of ovulation
What is Estrogen Dominance
Estrogen and progesterone work in unison for the body’s benefit. As people age, their hormone levels reduce, particularly at the peri-menopause stage and beyond. The levels of progesterone decrease faster than estrogen. This decrease creates an imbalance. The imbalance leads to the symptoms described above.
Younger women can also suffer from imbalance. During normal cycles, when the egg releases, the empty follicle changes to the corpus luteum, which is the place that produces progesterone. If something goes wrong, it may not produce enough progesterone. When you consider that progesterone is necessary for womb maintenance, you will realize the potential harm that reduction might have on the developing fetus or fertility.
Many factors contribute to an overabundance of estrogen that creates estrogen dominance. Obesity is one of the factors. The ovaries produce androstenedione, which is a male hormone. Fat cells change those hormones to estrogen. Pesticides, estrogen in animal food supplies, stress and high intake of caffeine also are factors attributed to estrogen dominance.
Studies now link infertility to estrogen dominance. It affects the process of ovulation and can also lower a man’s sperm count or create weak sperm. Estrogen dominance plays a role in endometriosis, uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts, which are all issues that dramatically affect fertility.
Do You Have Estrogen Dominance?
Symptoms of estrogen dominance:
How to Use DIM to Reduce Excess Estrogen
DIM is found in vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower, but in order to get just 10-30 mg of DIM you would have to eat one-and-a-half pounds of these cruciforus vegetables! While that amount is better than none, it is not the therapeutic dosage. Most experts recommend taking 100 to 200 mg of DIM a day.
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