Seed cycling has been in the lime light as a good way to balance hormones. But what is it exactly? How does it work? And how can you try it?
Seed cycling is a natural remedy that claims to balance hormones by regulating estrogen and progesterone at the appropriate times in a woman’s menstrual cycle. Some of the suggested health benefits include;
- Helping regulate periods
- Easing symptoms of menopause
- Treating PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome)
- Reducing acne
- And reducing infertility
Various sources claim that seed cycling works in various ways, however the basis of the regime is that the seeds recommended can promote the production of, or hinder the production of these two specific hormones (estrogen and progesterone).
Normally in a woman’s cycle, the first 14 days of the follicular phase is where estrogen is produced, and our eggs begin ripening. Then, once the egg gets released this marks the start of the luteal phase. Here both progesterone and estrogen levels start to increase and reach a balance that is conducive to conception. These hormones then drop again prior to our next period if there is no fertilisation of the egg.
There are many causes of hormonal imbalance, including PCOS, being under or over weight, exercising too much, and hypothyroidism. Seed cycling claims that the particular seeds in the regime will help to regulate our hormones and create a more balanced hormonal environment.
So how can you try it? Follow the cycle below by eating 1 tablespoon of linseeds and 1 tablespoon of pumpkin seeds daily for the first half of your cycle to create an estrogen boost. Then for the second half of your cycle, eat 1 tablespoon of sunflower seeds and 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds daily to increase progesterone.
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*Seed cycling could be an easy way to decrease hormonal imbalances, and even though there haven’t yet been a huge number of studies on the health benefits there is no harm in giving it a try alongside your existing treatments, if your doctor approves (and you aren’t allergic to seeds!). Even if it’s not for you – the seeds are all a great source of Omega 3 fats and anti-inflammatory goodness.