seed cycling

Seed Cycling: Balancing Hormones

On average a woman will have 450-500 menstrual periods in her life and most women will experience, or have experienced, menstrual pain. A regular provided natural medicine remedy is Seed Cycling. Read all about it and download your free Seed Cycling Guide.


What is it?

Seed Cycling is a method developed by Dr. Lindsey Jesswein, doctor in Natural Medicine.  She most possibly was inspired by Chinese Medicine where therapies with seeds is not uncommon. With seed cycling different seed combinations are consumed for each phase of the menstrual cycle. 

Phase 1 (Day 1-14): Ground flaxseed and Pumpkin seeds to regulate oestrogen

Phase 2 (Day 14-28): Ground sunflower seeds and sesame seeds to regulate progesterone 


Why is it helpful?

Even though scientific research is lacking, seed cycling is believed to assist hormonal imbalances.  Hormonal imbalances such as irregular periods, menstrual pains, acne, PCOS, endometriosis, uterus fibroids  and infertility. 


Lignans in seeds have gentle phyto-oestrogen activity. It helps to eliminate excess oestrogen, a common concern linked to genetics, excess body fat and chemicals in the environment. By balancing oestrogen levels, seed lignans help to encourage healthy hormone balance.

Nutrients essential for reproductive hormones

Seeds are filled with vitamins, minerals, proteins and healthy fats, all nutrients that are useful for regulating menstrual cycles. 

  • Vitamin B3 (Niacin) & B5 (Pantothenic acid): required for optimal oestrogen, progesterone, and testosterone levels
  • Vitamin B6: supportive for improvement of PMS related pain, mood and sleep
  • Vitamin E: can help reduce cramping, anxiety and cravings
  • Magnesium: supports reduction of menstrual pain and cramps
  • Zinc: supports healthy ovulation
  • Potassium: may reduce periodic pain
  • Fibres: Help clear excess hormones
  • Essential (omega) fatty acids: Seeds are an excellent source of essential fats, which our body utilises in its own natural hormone production. These fats also help to support inflammatory processes and can, with that, reduce pain

Try It

Download our Seed Cycling Guide with step-by-step explanation and extra tips


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