Diindolylmethane (DIM) supplements are claimed to be beneficial for several uses, including:
- Promoting an improved estrogen "balance"
- Preventing certain types of cancer
- Treating endometriosis.
Although this substance is usually considered safe when consumed through foods in normal amounts, this does not necessarily mean that it is safe for medicinal use, which usually involves much higher doses than those found in foods.
At this time, there is not enough scientific evidence to know for sure if the supplements really work. Diindolylmethane is currently being studied as a possible method for preventing cancer. However, some studies have shown conflicting results. In fact, there is some concern that DIM could actually stimulate the growth of cancer cells.
If you currently have cancer (or if you have previously had cancer), do not take diindolylmethane without your healthcare provider's approval and supervision.
(To learn more about how to take these supplements, click Diindolylmethane.)