Can FemRatio Be Taken Every Day?

Q I have read Dr. Wright’s article on FemRatio. He mentioned something I was already aware of: that eating from the cabbage/broccoli family more than 3 or 4 days per week is not a good idea, because it can interfere with thyroid function and possibly cause a goiter. With that in mind, how can we follow the directions on the bottle, which say 4 capsules per day?

Also, in regard to the DHEA content, would it be bad if I took the product only 3 or 4 days per week? I mean, when you supplement with DHEA, don’t you have to be consistent and take the same amount every day, or does it simply not matter?

Shelly – Allen, TX

A What’s true for the Brassica vegetable family is not true for Dr. Wright’s supplements. Brassica vegetables contain glycosinolates, which can undergo hydrolysis and yield natural compounds such as isothiocyanates, nitriles, and thiocyanates, which may exhibit goitrogenic or antithyroid activity if consumed in excess and if one is on a low-salt diet and not eating iodine-containing food, such as seafood. There are no goitrogenic compounds contained in or produced by FemRatio (or MaleRatio), and each of these formulations contains iodine.

There was originally some concern that taking DHEA every day might shut down normal steroid production, but there is no evidence for this, so taking it every day should not be a concern. However, if you want the benefits of the other ingredients in the Ratio products, such as ascorbigen—which has a relatively short half-life in the body—it is best to supplement every day.

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