Diindolylmethane, or DIM, is a compound that is formed in your body during the digestion of foods that contain the nutrient indole-3-carbinol. Indole-3-carbinol is found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. Eating these foods, therefore, provides your body with DIM. DIM supports the liver in detoxifying and removing harmful molecules including carcinogens, from the body.
The vegetables in this photo look very inviting but if you are anything like me you will need some convincing and to be a little more creative in their use. I’m definitely not a fan of overcooked broccoli, cabbage or Brussels sprouts. YUCK!! What’s that smell? But apparently, it doesn’t have to be that way. Since finding out how beneficial these vegetables are for hormone balance and cancer prevention, I’m finding new and tasty ways to get them in.
How does cauliflower curry soup sound? There are lots of recipes out there for cauliflower rice as a substitute for rice. White cabbage can make up a healthy coleslaw. Not forgetting that a couple of spoonfuls of Sauerkraut on your salad or dinner also ticks this box.
Chopping or chewing cruciferous vegetables results in the formation of these bio-active products. Eating them either raw, lightly sautéed, quickly stir-fried, or steamed is best to retain the full array of nutrients. If you wish to experiment with them raw, try juicing, fresh salads, marinated salads, and adding sprouts or greens to your sandwiches. But the most important thing is to eat more of them! Individuals with thyroid function concerns should consume these vegetables mostly cooked (vs. raw).
There are lots of different cruciferous vegetables to choose from, so if you’re including these wonderful vegetables as a regular part of your diet, be sure to keep up the variety.
Apart from the well known and often quoted varieties like broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts, there are also the less published members of this family, namely:
Rocket; bok choy; garden cress; kale (all colours); horseradish; mustard seeds (all colours); turnip root and greens; watercress; real wasabi and radish, greens and sprouts.
These recipes look amazing – Dr Oz Cruciferous Veggie Recipes