The amount of glucobrassicin found in vegetables varies depending on the plant, soil, rainfall, amount of sunlight, and other factors. Indole-3-carbinol is formed when these vegetables are cut, chewed or cooked. It might have effects that prevent the growth of certain types of cancer cells.
People use indole-3-carbinol for cancer prevention, liver disease, fibromyalgia, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Don't confuse indole-3-carbinol with cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, or with other chemicals found in these vegetables such as ascorbigen, diindolylmethane, or sulforaphane. These are not the same.
Uses & Effectiveness
We currently have no information for INDOLE-3-CARBINOL overview.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if indole-3-carbinol is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Children: Indole-3-carbinol is possibly safe when taken by mouth appropriately. Doses of 6-17 mg/kg body weight have been safely used in children and teenagers for 12-76 months.
Bleeding conditions: Indole-3-carbinol might slow blood clotting. Taking indole-3-carbinol might increase the risk of bleeding in people with bleeding disorders.
Surgery: Indole-3-carbinol might slow blood clotting. Taking indole-3-carbinol might cause bleeding complications during surgery. Stop taking indole-3-carbinol at least 2 weeks before surgery.
Medications changed by the liver (Cytochrome P450 1A2 (CYP1A2) substrates) interacts with INDOLE-3-CARBINOL
Some medications are changed and broken down by the liver. Indole-3-carbinol might change how quickly the liver breaks down these medications. This could change the effects and side effects of these medications.
Estrogens interacts with INDOLE-3-CARBINOL
Indole-3-carbinol might interfere with the effects of estrogen therapy.
Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) interacts with INDOLE-3-CARBINOL
Indole-3-carbinol might slow blood clotting. Taking indole-3-carbinol along with medications that also slow blood clotting might increase the risk of bruising and bleeding.
Be cautious with this combination
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