If you’ve spent any amount of time in the holistic menstrual wellness space, then you’ve most likely heard of seed cycling. For those of you who have never heard of it, let me tell you that there is good reason for all of the hype. Seed cycling, a practice often recommended by naturopathic doctors, is a simple method to balance hormones naturally by eating specific seeds at specific times of the menstrual cycle. The nutrients and chemical compounds in the seeds help support the production and elimination of certain hormones at the appropriate time.
Seed cyclers typically consume two types of seeds during the first half of their cycle (from first bleeding day to ovulation) and two different types of seeds during the second half (from ovulation to the start of the next period). This “seed cycling” can help to improve:
- Irregular periods
- Long cycles
- Luteal phase defect
- Cyclical breast tenderness
- Heavy periods
When combined with other supportive therapies, seed cycling can even help improve cases of amenorrhea and PCOS.