Seed cycling is a natural way to balance female hormones, boost fertility and ease the symptoms of menopause. Now, before we dive into the details and effectiveness of seed cycling, I want to note that there is not much scientific evidence to back the anecdotal claims. That being said, some of the noted benefits of seed cycling include regulating periods, treating polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, and infertility, reducing acne. as well as and easing symptoms of menopause (mood swings, hot flashes, etc.).
The method breaks the female cycle into two phases — the follicular and luteal phases. During the follicular phase (day 1-14 or ovulation), the protocol is to consume 1 tbsp ground flax and pumpkin seed each day. During the luteal phase (day 15-28) women are to consume 1 tbsp ground sunflower and sesame seeds per day.
Typically women will see benefits within a few cycles. So, stay with it for a few months!
Flax Seeds: the phytoestrogens in flax can help increase or decrease estrogen levels as needed.
Pumpkin Seeds: pumpkin seeds are high in zinc which has shown to promote progesterone production in preparation for the next phase of the cycle. They are also high in vitamin E, which is a necessary nutrient for reproductive health.
Sesame Seeds: sesame seeds are high in lignans which help regulate estrogen and progesterone levels.
Sunflower Seeds: these seeds are high in selenium, which has been shown to support liver function and help with proper hormone excretion.
- Buy seed raw and organic
- Grind your seeds and consume ground fresh as often as possible (this isn’t always realistic)
Days 1-14: 1 tbsp each of pumpkin and flax seeds
Days 15-28: 1 tbsp each of sesame and sunflower seeds
Incorporating Seeds Into Your Day
Some of my favourite ways to add seeds into my food include:
- Blended into a smoothie
- Sprinkled on oatmeal (flax and pumpkin)
- Sprinkled on avocado toast (sesame and sunflower)
- Incorporate into baking (e.g. muffins, cookies)
- Sprinkled on a salad or veggies