It’s a veggie-hater’s dream come true: broccoli in a bottle.
Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, such as cabbage, bok choy, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower, contain a health-protective compound known as indole-3 carbinol (I3C). This naturally occurring phytochemical functions as an antioxidant, protecting the body’s cells from free radicals (harmful molecules that attack healthy cells, dangerously altering their DNA and structure). In an ideal world, you’d fill your meals with these nutrient-dense veggies. But if not…there’s a supplement for that!
When I3C enters the stomach, it’s converted to a substance called diindolylmethane (DIM). In addition to I3C supplements, DIM supplements–which are essentially concentrated indole 3s–are available.