I wasn’t going to post this until after I had a few months on this supplement, but the results so far were too interesting not to share. I started researching into if it was possible for hormone fluctuation to be a culprit in my symptoms. I do want to get my levels checked, but have been putting off the blood work as I started my new job and my hours are consistent with my doctor’s hours. Also, I’ve developed a bit of white coat syndrome, my last Dr’s appointment I had a panic attack in his office, so I’ve been putting off going in for something non essential.
After doing some research I decided to try taking a supplement called DIM (Dynamic Nutrition - DIM Supplement 300mg found on amazon.com). DIM only removes excess estrogen, so I figured it couldn’t hurt as I was not adding anything, just removing any excess if there was any. Plus it’s basically like eating a ton of cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, and cabbage) and for less than $20 for a 2 month supply I thought it was worth a shot.
I started on 5/28, one capsule at night before bedtime (I had read about some people having side effects of headaches and I figured taking it at night would help if that occurred). I did experience a slight headache on days 2 and 3 and to date that was the only side effect I noticed. I was hoping for a more balanced feeling, but I have found other benefits that I was not expecting. Amazingly, this has taken my anxiety down immensely - so much that I am writing this post earlier than planned.
To give you an example, my daughter is having some serious health issues (which would usually throw me into a panic anyway) and I had to accompany her to a 3 hour Dr’s appointment yesterday, 45 minute car ride both ways, 3 hours of fluorescent lights, in a doctor’s office, taking the elevator - I was able to handle all of it and go to work immediately afterwards. I’m not going to say it was perfectly smooth sailing, the long hallway with patterned carpets, the elevator were both a bit off putting and I am having some ear fullness, red eyes today BUT I truly could not have done this a month ago.
Benefits of DIM I have noticed to date in addition to the lower (almost non existent now) anxiety are as follows (and I didn’t take this for any of these benefits so I do not think it’s a placebo effect):
The scales are going down, 3.6 pounds to date with no change in diet/activity level. If anyone else is hypothyroid you understand that it comes off slowly if at all and usually takes extreme measures, so this is an added plus. I notice that my waist and arms look smaller (I will try and find a measuring tape so I can be more accurate when I update).
Also my skin on my face and neck looks much better, younger and not as puffy.
I will continue to update this as I take it longer, but for the anxiety benefits alone I felt I should share.