Where to get DIM in the UK: My go-to acne supplement

DIM, DIM, DIM… it’s really fucking great for hormonal acne, it means ‘no’ in Welsh (I just had to throw that in there) and, most annoyingly, it’s surprisingly hard to come across in the UK.

Yup. If you’re like me and looking to stock up on DIM supplements to help balance your hormones and nip those spots in the bud, you’re probably wondering where the heck to get it. There’s no sign of it in Boots or Superdrug, it’s nowhere to be seen in good ol’ Holland & Barret and it’s not even on Amazon. What’s going on, DIM? Where you at, bro?

Well, I’m here to help. I’ve found a super reliable brand of DIM supplements that’s made by a British company and doesn’t cost the earth.

My go-to DIM supplement

Focus Supplements DIM is my DIM supplement of choice – it’s done wonders for my hormonal acne.

I like that they’re a British company with ISO, GMP and SALSA accreditation. Plus, their DIM capsules contain just Brown Rice Flour, Magnesium Stearate (a bulking agent) and Vegetarian Capsule (Hypromellose).

Compared to some of the chemical-filled DIM supplements on eBay and the like, this is a pretty short and clean ingredient list. You can find out all about my experience with Focus Supplements DIM in my DIM for acne guide.

I’ve also found a few other decent(ish) looking DIM supplements that are available in the UK, but I haven’t tested them myself.

I’ve also found a few other decent(ish) looking DIM supplements that are available in the UK, but I haven’t tested them myself.

  1. CytoPlan Cell Active DIM (decent ingredients list, but more spendy than Focus Supplements)
  2. 5greens DIM (Is it just me, or does the website just seem a lil dodgy? Still, it *apparently* only contains the active ingredient, which is pretty decent)
  3. iHerb Source Naturals DIM (you only get 100mg per capsule at the cheaper price, so Focus Supplements still works out cheaper)

Is DIM actually safe?!

There isn’t enough reliable information, research or long-term studies to know the long-term safety and side-effects of DIM. However, the limited research that is available doesn’t show DIM supplements to be toxic or cause any serious side effects.

Some sources claim that too much DIM may even be harmful to some women, so don’t take too large of a dose. This is because DIM affects estrogen, which plays a huge number of roles in the female body and regulates the menstrual cycle.

If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, it’s best to avoid DIM. When you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, your hormone levels change. DIM could alter these levels, which could be unhealthy (and even dangerous) for both you and your growing baby.

Are DIM supplements banned in the UK?

No, it’s not ‘banned’. However, in the UK, DIM is considered a ‘novel food’:

‘Novel Food is defined as food that had not been consumed to a significant degree by humans in the EU before 15 May 1997, when the first Regulation on novel food came into force.

‘Novel Food’ can be newly developed, innovative food, food produced using new technologies and production processes, as well as food which is or has been traditionally eaten outside of the EU.’European Comission.

Essentially, this makes it more difficult for UK manufacturers to manufacture with DIM. Novel foods, like DIM, have to be authorised before they’re put on the market to ensure they’ve been through an independent safety assessment.

Novel foods aren’t permitted on Amazon, which is why you won’t find any DIM on there.

DIM in the UK: Hard to get, worth the hassle

DIM isn’t the easiest supplement to find in the UK, but if you’re struggling with certain hormonal imbalances, it’s well worth the hassle of finding it.

Plus, with DIM now available from UK brand Focus Supplements, it’s actually pretty easy to get your hands on it. They’re my go-to DIM supplement and come fully recommended from me!

If you’re looking for more information on DIM, make sure to check out my DIM for acne guide.

Or read my complete guide on how to clear your acne naturally.

Focus Supplements DIM

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