What is Seed Cycling?
Seed cycling is a trendy practice that promises to promote a healthy balance of women’s hormones. Lately, it feels like we've been hearing about this everywhere. But is it actually beneficial? And what is it? Well, that's what we will be talking about below. Seed cycling involves eating specific seeds, such as flax and pumpkin seeds, during the two specific phases of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Four different types of seeds are cycled throughout the two main phases of a woman’s menstrual cycle.
The Follicular Phase - The follicular phase begins on the first day you menstruate. It lasts until ovulation, when one of your ovaries releases a mature egg. This phase usually last for 10-16 days.
Seeds to eat - Pumpkin, flax (1-2 tablespoons each day)
The reasoning - Pumpkin seeds and flax seeds help improve our estrogen levels while preventing excess estrogen. Flax seeds contain lignans which bind to excess estrogen. Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc which helps support progesterone production as you move towards the progesterone rise in the second phase of your cycle.
The Luteal Phase - The luteal phase occurs after ovulation and before your period starts. During this phase, A normal luteal phase can last anywhere from 11 to 17 days.
Seeds to eat - Sunflower seeds, sesame seeds (1-2 tablespoons each day)
The reasoning - Sesame seeds and sunflower seeds are rich in lignans and fatty acids to support the luteal phase. They also help boost progesterone production. For example, sunflower seeds are high in vitamin E and selenium. Vitamin E can help boost progesterone production, while selenium can help rid the liver of excess estrogen.
Is seed cycling a cure all? The answer is probably no, but it can be a handy tool in your toolbox of wellness. Some women report significant benefits from the practice of seed-cycling, while others report minimal results. It all depends on the individual. But since seed cycling has no negative side effects, why not give it a try? It may do wonders for your body!