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08 Jun 2022

Seed cycling is a naturopathic remedy that is claimed to balance hormones by regulating the hormone estrogen in the first half of your menstrual cycle and the hormone progesterone in the second half.

Seeds cycling, also known as a seed rotation diet, is a natural medication for regulating women's reproductive hormones. It is believed to be very effective against irregular menstruation cycles and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).


Process of seeds cycling: 

In the seeds cycling method, women must take 2 tablespoons of seeds like pumpkin, flax, sunflower, and sesame seeds. These seeds have hormone regulation properties and can help maintain estrogen and progesterone levels in the body.

Seeds should be raw, unroasted and freshly grounded. 


Following are the two phases of the reproductive cycle:

The follicular phase of seed cycling: In this phase, you must eat two tablespoons of pumpkin and flax seeds. Continue this daily, from the first day of your periods until you start ovulating. This phase is approximately 2 weeks long for most women.

The luteal phase of seed cycling: It begins from day 1 of ovulation and ends with the start of your periods. Eat two tablespoons of sunflower and sesame seeds per day till the specified period. It also lasts for approximately 2 weeks.


How can seed cycling cure PCOS?

The follicular phase of seed cycling:

Estrogen secretion is high during this period. Hence, it is recommended to eat a combination of pumpkin, flax, and seeds. Phytoestrogens or lignans in flax seeds bind to the excess estrogen and then remove it from the women's body. Thus, seed cycling benefits women with PCOS by keeping estrogen levels under control.

Zinc in pumpkin seeds promotes progesterone production in the body.  Flax seeds and pumpkin seeds maintain estrogen and progesterone levels of the body during the follicular phase. This supports a healthy reproductive system and thus, in turn, helps in the treatment of PCOS by seed cycling.

The luteal phase of seed cycling:

This is the phase when a woman is most fertile. The follicle releases the egg and awaits sperm for fertilization. Estrogen and progesterone are secreted in high quantities to support the fertilized egg. Consume sesame seeds and sunflower seeds during this luteal phase.

Sesame seeds block excess estrogen as they are a rich source of Zinc and Selenium. On the other hand, sunflower seeds are rich in Vitamin E and Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA). Both of them boost progesterone production. Thus, the level of estrogen and progesterone is maintained in the body.


Common FAQ's 

  • How long does it take for seeds cycling to work?

Seeds cycling takes approximately 3 months to work. However, you may start noticing a gradual improvement in your reproductive cycle from the second month.


  • Do you have to grind seeds for seeds cycling?

Grinding seeds help in the easy absorption of nutrients when they enter the body. So it is advised to grind seeds for seed cycling.


Here’s why you should incorporate it into your diet today: 

  • They are a good source of dietary fibre, which slows the rate of digestion and keeps your digestive system on track.

  • They provide you with good fats, which nourish the blood cells and help maintain brain function.

  • Along with nuts, they reduce the levels of inflammation in the body, which staves off ageing and reduces the risk of heart disease.

  • They contain plant sterols, that help keep cholesterol levels in check and reduce the risk of cancer.

  • They are rich in trace minerals like selenium, magnesium, copper and zinc, which are required by our bodies.

  • Over time and consumed regularly, seeds can help prevent weight gain.


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