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Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, Brussel's sprouts and cabbage are among the healthiest and most-nutrient rich foods. Although they provide valuable fiber and phytonutrients like other vegetables, cruciferous vegetables are nutritionally unique because of their sulfur-containing compounds known as glucosinolates. Glucosinolates are metabolized into compounds like indole 3-carbinol (I3C) and di-indolemethane (DIM). Cruciferous vegetables, I3C and DIM have all been studied for their effect on estrogen metabolism and possible preventative role in hormone-related health problems.1
Broccoli and DIM supplements provide concentrated and consistent amounts of the most beneficial nutrients in cruciferous vegetables. They are more convenient and cost-effective than trying to obtain these nutrients from whole foods, although not a replacement for whole foods.
Use broccoli and DIM supplements as directed. Work with your doctor if you suspect that hormones may be playing a role in any health problem.
The safety of DIM supplements for pregnant and lactating women has not been established.
1. Chem Biol Interact. 1997 Feb 28;103(2):79-129.