DIM Supplement: How Long Does it Take to Work?

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January 15, 2022 0 Comments

Many of the people who come to our clinic for vein removal also use the services at our sister clinic, Evexias Medical Denver. So it’s not uncommon for us to field questions about treatments or supplements that are not vein related. Due to the growing popularity of taking a DIM supplement, one question that comes up a lot is: “How long does it take DIM to work?”

In this article, we’ll look at how long it takes for DIM supplements to work based on the condition or symptoms you’re using them for.

In general, it takes 30 Days, give or take, for DIM to work. The reason is that to provide the best results DIM takes time to detox your liver and convert your hormones.

If you want to learn more about what DIM is and how it works, do check out one of our previous posts on DIM. Here, we’re just talking about the length of time it takes for DIM to work.

So – let’s get this out of the way first: There’s no hard and fast rule about how quickly DIM supplements are going to work. Your body is unique. It has its own timing when it comes to absorbing supplements. Some people may see noticeable results in four days, and for others, it may take 30 days or more.

How Long Does it Take For DIM Supplement to Relieve Hormonal Acne?

If you’ve got hormonal acne, you’re probably in a hurry to get rid of it. If you’re thinking about using DIM to diminish hormonal acne, then you’ve probably already knocked out the list of quick-fix potions and spot treatments that don’t really deliver. Testosterone can inflame acne. DIM can effectively decrease acne because it blocks androgen receptors, which means that no testosterone can get into the receptor.

So when you take DIM for hormonal acne, you can expect your skin to start clearing up anywhere from 3 days to 30 days depending on your unique situation. For some women, it may take six months to see optimal results.

How Long Does it Take For DIM to Work For Weight Loss?

If you’re a woman of a certain age, you already know that hormonal changes can drastically affect your weight. Bad estrogen can pack on the pounds, especially around your hips and buttocks.

However, DIM doesn’t burn fat. Instead, it boosts your body’s capacity to metabolize estrogen, so your lifestyle choices (diet, exercise, etc.) will strongly determine the effectiveness of DIM for weight loss.

People who use DIM supplement as a part of their weight loss program can realistically expect to see results within six weeks to six months.

How Long Does it Take For DIM Supplement to Work For Breast Cancer?

More and more research shows that DIM can play a protective role against breast cancer. However, we need additional research on how DIM could effectively prevent breast cancer or be an adjuvant therapy for women who already have breast cancer. Because of this, we cannot say how long it would take to work, but we know that using DIM under a doctor’s supervision can do more good than harm for most women.

How Long Does it Take For DIM to Work For Menopause Symptoms?

Pre-menopausal and post-menopausal symptoms are caused by fluctuations and the eventual decrease of estrogens in a woman’s aging body. The most common of these symptoms are

  • hot flashes
  • night sweats
  • weight gain
  • mood swings
  • memory problems
  • difficulty concentrating
  • insomnia

Regulating estrogens is the key to supporting menopausal symptom relief. Since DIM affects how a woman’s body produces estrogen metabolites, it can be an effective addition to a hormone replacement treatment plan.

The estrogen metabolites produced by DIM bind to specific proteins that can help improve hormonal imbalances. Since DIM may help support the production of these metabolites, it can also help steady the hormonal fluctuations that cause menopausal symptoms.

However, forecasting how long it will take for DIM to work on menopausal symptoms is tricky. That’s because the underlying cause of the symptoms is radical hormone fluctuations. One day your estrogen levels may be normal. The next, they may be close to zero. When DIM is used as a supplement for menopause support, your doctor will get you started at the lowest dose. If the lowest dose isn’t effective after a month or so, your doctor will increase the dose over time until your symptoms are significantly relieved. DIM is often used in combination with progesterone replacement therapy and other BHRT therapies for best results.

While We’re On This Topic, Let’s Talk About DIM and PCOS

Since DIM acts on sex hormones, you may be asking yourself “is DIM supplement good for PCOS?” The answer isn’t yet clear. But using DIM may help reduce polycystic ovary syndrome symptoms.

Why? We’ll unpack that a bit to answer. That’s because women with PCOS have high levels of androgens. Androgens are considered male sex hormones because they give men their masculine features. When these levels are higher than average in a woman, a hormone imbalance occurs causing insulin resistance, irregular menstrual periods, and an increase in testosterone and other male hormones. Increased male hormones can cause an increase in facial hair growth, acne, and hair loss.

As for how long it will take for DIM to reverse the effects of high androgens and get good estrogen back into balance, that’s unknown. However, consulting with a physician who specializes in hormone imbalance and is open to combing BHRT with alternative supplements like DIM can get you started.

How Long Should You Take DIM Supplements?

You will need to take DIM daily for at least 30 days before deciding if it works for you. Most people use DIM for about 6-12 months, but you can take DIM for as long as needed. If you choose to stop taking DIM supplements, you do not need to wean yourself off of it. You can stop taking it anytime.

“When should I take Dim?” If you have any of the previously mentioned conditions or symptoms, DIM supplements may be a good choice for you. Although DIM supplement is available over the counter, working with a physician who understands how DIM works and its many benefits is crucial if you want the best results.

DIM supplement – does it work? Find out for yourself! Contact Evexias Denver Medical Centers and make an appointment today!

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DIM Supplement: How Long Does it Take to Work?
We list many common conditions you might want to take a DIM supplement for, and tell you how long it may take to work for each, and how clear the guidance is as yet on its effectiveness for those conditions.