New product alert! This week we launch DIM, the natural supplement that’s been going viral for its myriad of benefits including PMS, hormone, skin and metabolism support. Scroll through Reddit threads on women’s health or browse Amazon’s top-rated hormone supplements, and you’ll no doubt find DIM – and for good reason.
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What is DIM?
DIM—diindolylmethane, if we’re being formal— is a compound derived from the digestion of indole-3-carbinol, found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage and kale. When you eat these vegetables your stomach acid breaks down the compound into a new compound called DIM. Don’t be put off by the fancy, long name; DIM is 100 percent natural and completely safe to take daily.
DIM is derived from leafy green veggies like cabbage and kale / Unsplash
The benefits of DIM
DIM might just be the best kept secret when it comes to women’s wellness. Don’t believe us? Read on for just a snapshot of its many benefits according to health experts and clinical studies.
1. Relieves PMS symptoms
Premenstrual syndrome, commonly known as PMS, is a combination of symptoms many women experience in the days or weeks leading up to their period. Three in four women say they get PMS symptoms at some point in their lifetime. The severity of these symptoms can vary greatly from mild to debilitating, even interfering with the ability to carry out normal daily tasks or work.
- Swollen or tender breasts
- Irritability or hostile behaviour
- Fatigue and low energy
- Sleep problems (sleeping too much or too little)
- Changes in appetite or food cravings
- Anxiety or stress
- Depression, feelings of sadness or crying spells
- Erratic mood swings
- Low libido
PMS will effect most women during their lives. DIM can help to manage symptoms naturally / Unsplash
2. Regulates menstrual cycle
DIM supplementation has been linked to more regular period cycles too – in both duration and flow. Speaking to Well + Good, women’s health and functional nutrition coach Nicole Jardim, attests to the hormonal support properties of DIM for women. “I recommend DIM for women who are showing symptoms of estrogen dominance, which often include heavy periods, periods longer than seven days, menstrual cycles shorter than 25 days, and emotional PMS symptoms—major mood swings, irritability, uncontrollable anger, and feelings of depression.”
3. Weight loss
While it’s predominately lauded for its hormone support benefits, DIM has been picking up steam for its metabolic benefits too. Given that estrogen plays an important role in regulating fat accumulation, DIM supplements have been found to aid weight loss and help support metabolic function.
Studies link an imbalance of estrogen — either too much or too little — to an increased risk of weight gain in both men and women. DIM supplements help to stimulate fat breakdown and inhibit fat cell formation.
4. Improved skin
Many women have experienced major complexion improvements, especially those with oily, acne-prone skin. Anyone who’s struggled with hormonal acne will know there’s no quick and easy fix. Most acne sufferers have tried a host of treatments –contraceptive pills, oral antibiotics and strong harsh topical retinoids – all with their own set of negative side effects. While it might seem too good to be true, this simple green veggie compound could be equally as effective in healing hormonal acne, according to research. Experts put DIM’s efficacy down to its hormone balancing properties, which prevent excess testosterone, in turn diminishing hormonal breakouts.
DIM has been found to improve skin inflammation such as acne and breakouts / Unsplash
How long does it take to work?
As with any vitamins and supplements, allow up to 30 days before noticing a difference, although it could be sooner. “Some women report seeing improvement after only a few doses, whereas others need to take it for three to four weeks before seeing noticeable change,” says Jardin.
Our DIM difference
When looking to add DIM to your daily routine, it’s important to remember not all DIM is created equal. Most DIM you’ll find is only up to 100mg in dosage, whereas is ours is 150mg. But, what makes our DIM extra special is its unique active, bioperine.
Bioperine is a patented high potency form of piperine, a compound from black pepper that helps to enhance metabolic performance and prevent fat accumulation. When combined with regular exercise and a balanced diet, it also helps to accelerate the metabolic process, burning calories more efficiently.
Oh, and our DIM is vegan too 😉