Indole-3-carbinol is a compound found in broccoli, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts. It can be taken by eating these vegetables or as a pill. Indole-3-carbinol has been used to lower signs of cancer in blood and urine.
200 to 400 milligrams once daily
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It is likely safe to take indole-3-carbinol in small doses for a short time.C2 Nausea and imbalance may occur with high doses.C1 Not enough studies have been done to say whether it is safe to use for a long period. It is also not known whether it is safe to take by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
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A. Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia
A1. Bell MC, Crowley-Nowick P, et al. Placebo-controlled trial of indole-3-carbinol in the treatment of CIN. Gynecol Oncol. 2000 Aug;78(2):123-129.
B. Vulvar Intraepithelial Neoplasia
B1. Naik R, Nixon S, et al. A randomized phase II trial of indole-3-carbinol in the treatment of vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia. Int J Gynecol Cancer. 2006 Mar-Apr;16(2):786-790.
C1. Indole-3-carbinol. Monograph. Altern Med Rev. 2005 Dec;10(4):337-342.
C2. Licznerska B, Baer-Dubowska W. Indole-3-Carbinol and Its Role in Chronic Diseases. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2016;928:131-154.
Last reviewed February 2020 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC
Last Updated: 5/27/2020
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