To first understand this concept, let us break down what Estrogen is. Per the dictionary, Estrogen is a group of steroid hormones that promote the development and maintenance of female characteristics of the human body. Simply put, estrogen is the hormone that differentiates women from men biologically.
Although estrogen hormones are what helps develop female characteristic for women, men have small levels of estrogen as well. Men need enough estrogen to maintain their bone density. This is because it helps to balance out their testosterone levels and assists with keeping cholesterol levels under control.
So what happens when a man has too much estrogen?
When a man has too much estrogen, it can cause various symptoms that include fatigue, loss of muscle mass and even the development of breasts. That is where estrogen blockers come in to play. Estrogen blockers will decrease estrogen levels and restore balance to hormones. So now that the decision has been made to use estrogen blockers, you must ask yourself: are you going to use synthetic (prescription medications) or natural (over-the-counter supplements) blockers?
If you do your research, then studies show that both synthetic and natural blockers both have their own benefits. When with breast cancer take synthetic blockers to drop their estrogen levels. However, in men, they serve a different purpose. When used in men they must use a much smaller dose, and it reduces estrogen levels by reducing the amount of estrogen the body converts (or creates) from testosterone. Natural or over the counter supplements work differently than prescription estrogen blockers. Natural estrogen blockers work to help your body metabolize and eliminate estrogen from circulation. A common supplement used for estrogen blocking is Diindolylmethane (DIM).
What is Diindolylmethane?
Diindolylmethane (DIM), is a compound formed in our body during the digestion of foods. It contains the nutrient indole-3-carbinol. Cruciferous vegetables contain Indole-3-carbinol. Examples include broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. Eating these various types of green vegetables, therefore, provides your body with DIM naturally. Those who do not consume these vegetables regularly can use Diindolylmethane (DIM) in the supplemental form.
There are no adverse effects from Diindolylmethane (DIM) supplements at doses up to 200 mg. However, mild nausea and headache are reported with doses of 300 mg. As with all prescription medications, there are side effects. Side effects in synthetic blockers include muscle and joint pain. Are you are trying to restore balance? If so, you may not want to end up with more symptoms than what you started with.
The problem with estrogen blockers is not that they don’t work, but that most people don’t understand how or why to use them. That is why Mark recommends taking these blockers. There are a handful of blockers that can greatly reduce your estrogen levels.