Seed Cycling to Promote and Support our Hormonal Balance

The “seed cycling” (in Spanish it could be translated as “seed rotation”) consists of cyclically consuming certain seeds to promote and support our hormonal balance at different times of the cycle, with the aim that they can help stimulate and balance the estrogen and progesterone production throughout the menstrual cycle.

How exactly does it work?

  • During the first half of the cycle (from day 1, which is the first day of your period, to about day 14), take a tablespoon each of flaxseeds and pumpkin seeds.

  • During the luteal phase, that is, from day 15 until our period comes down, take a tablespoon of sunflower seeds and another of sesame seeds.

What are the benefits of each type of seed?

  • Flaxseeds are high in lignans and have been shown to be able to block excess estrogen. In addition, they have been found to provide significant relief from high androgen (eg testosterone) levels, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, and breast tenderness associated with the menstrual phase.

  • Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of magnesium and zinc, ideal for reducing inflammation, promoting restful sleep, reducing migraines, and helping prevent joint pain. Zinc promotes the production of progesterone in preparation for the luteal phase.

  • Sunflower seeds contain high levels of vitamins B1 and B6, as well as magnesium and zinc. Its high levels of vitamin E can help reduce menstrual headaches.

  • Sesame seeds contain a type of lignan that inhibits the excessive increase in estrogen, and vitamin B6 that supports the production of progesterone.

Synchronizing seed consumption with the menstrual cycle is a very attractive idea, but it will not work unless the changes are made globally. If we use seed cycling in conjunction with eating nutritionally dense foods, move our bodies in ways that suit our cycle and needs, and try to manage our stress levels, then the benefits will really be noticeable!