Seed Cycling to Support Hormonal Health for Women by Julie Foster Nurse Practitioner in Portland, Oregon

Have you heard of Seed Cycling to Balance Hormones and Ease PMS and Menopause Symptoms?

It involves eating flax, pumpkin, sesame, and sunflower seeds at different times of the month to balance certain hormones.

Seed cycling is a nutritional and 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.

Potential health benefits include helping regulate periods, reducing acne, treating polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, and infertility, and easing symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, night sweats, fatigue, and mood swings.

Here is how to apply seed cycling:

Day 1-14 of 🌜menstrual (follicular phase) cycle add 1-2 tablespoons each of freshly ground FLAX and PUMPKIN seeds per day.

Day 15–28 or start of πŸŒ›menses (luteal phase)the second half of cycle, add 1-2 tablespoons each of ground SUNFLOWER and SESAME seeds per day.

For menopausal and postmenopausal women without a regular menstrual cycle, it’s recommended to use the phases of the moon as a guide to dates, with day one of falling on the new moon and day 15 on full moon.

Since it takes 90 days from when a follicle is released until it becomes an egg it is suggested to give it 3 months to notice effects.

Different seeds can promote or synergistically work with the hormones estrogen and progesterone.

Hormones in a normal cycle:

In a regular cycle, estrogen is produced/released during the first 14 days of the follicular phase as eggs in the ovaries ripen.

Levels of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) increase just before ovulation, and estrogen levels drop just after ovulation and then progesterone alternately rises.

Once an egg has been released, the luteal phase starts, and progesterone and estrogen levels gradually increase and decrease in a careful balance to support conception and implantation. They drop again before the next period if no implantation or pregnancy occurs.

Causes of hormonal imbalance:

With our stressful lifestyles, poor nutrition, environmental toxins, plastics off gassing chemical that change our hormones, and hormones added to our dairy and meat can lead to hormonal imbalances. They lead to certain health conditions, such as PCOS and hypothyroidism, as well as over-exercising and being under- or overweight, depression, etc.

Additionally, during menopause, levels of estrogen and progesterone decrease and intermittently go on a roller coaster ride, which increases your risk of heart disease and osteoporosis and can lead to symptoms like hot flashes and truncal weight gain.

Seed cycling not only supports those with hormonal imbalances but also those with healthy cycles.

How seeds influence hormones:

During the follicular phase, the phytoestrogens in flax seeds can help increase or decrease estrogen levels as needed.

Phytoestrogens are compounds in plants that can mimic or support the action of estrogen

Additionally, zinc from pumpkin seeds is claimed to promote progesterone production in preparation for the next phase of the cycle.

During the luteal phase, lignans β€” a type of polyphenol β€” in sesame inhibit estrogen levels from increasing too much. Meanwhile, the vitamin E in sunflower seeds is thought to help boost progesterone levels.

Seeds in general give women and men alike a healthy dose of essential fatty acids (EFAs) that help with hormones, fuel the nervous system for thinking, and decrease overall inflammation hence reducing arthritis and heart disease.

All four seeds are rich in fiber, manganese, magnesium, copper, thiamine, vitamin E, and healthy fats. These nutrients are vital to good health, including reproductive health.

Furthermore, flax, sesame, and sunflower seed intake has been linked to improvements in heart disease risk factors, such as high cholesterol and blood pressure.

Additionally, flax, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds may protect against breast cancer.

What’s more, flax seeds are also associated with improved blood sugar control, while pumpkin seed oil may aid prostate and urinary disorders.

Seed cycling can support a healthy hormone balance. Including seeds in your diet boosts your intake of vitamins and minerals and is associated with a lower risk of certain cancers, as well as reduced inflammation, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels.

Many seeds are highly nutritious and offer a number of health benefits.

Eating seeds is a great way to improve the quality of your diet and overall health.

Improve your nutrition and improve YOU!

Call Pohala Clinic today to review your Hormonal Health (503) 572-4196