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What You Need to Know About Seed Cycling for Fertility

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Plant foods have pretty tremendous powers when it comes to righting the body’s processes and helping us stay aligned with our nutritional needs across the seasons, and even our hormonal cycles. You know your body is healthy and well when it runs in line with its natural rhythms, without interruption or delay, and can moderate its own smooth functioning. (A little boost every now and then isn’t a bad idea.)

The tricky thing is that, thanks to environmental toxins and high levels of stress, the body can often lose track of its rhythm and slow – or stop altogether – the production of essential hormones that control internal processes. In our world, when it comes to fertility and hormone regulation, there are a lot of things working against proper functioning. (As a side note, whether you’re looking to become pregnant or not, “fertility” reflects the overall health of the body, including digestion, elimination and metabolism, in addition to reproductive functioning.)

Luckily, there’s are many – easy and delicious – ways to give the body a little helping hand and find its natural equilibrium. There are big picture food considerations for a fertile body, but let’s start small.

With seeds!

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It’s no coincidence that seeds (essentially the nourishment for a growing baby plant) are highly effective hormone balancers. Seed cycling is a practice often recommended by naturopathic doctors. It’s designed to support hormone production and regulate menstrual cycles, particularly for patients looking to become pregnant or to reduce symptoms of PMS. Because a specific cocktail of hormones guides these processes, incorporating specific seeds which promote the creation of these hormones allows the body to find balance.

Here are the basic principles underlying seed cycling.

Different Week, Different Hormone

The female body is dominated by estrogen for the first half of the cycle. Estrogen encourages production of a thick endometrial lining to provide more fertile tissue for an embryo to implant. Days 15 to 28 in the cycle are dominated by progesterone, a steroid hormone that maintains the condition of the uterine lining, facilitates implantation of an embryo and prevents the eggs from over-maturing during pregnancy.

Balancing Progesterone and Estrogen

While estrogen and progesterone are key to a functioning cycle, the healthiest, most fertile body is one that is evenly balanced. Too little estrogen can lead to a thin uterine lining or a lack of ovulation; too much estrogen can cause irregular periods, depression and PMS symptoms. A high level of estrogen has also been linked to polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis. Progesterone deficiency has been linked to symptoms of PMS, fatigue, irregular periods and recurrent miscarriages. The hormone is essential for getting pregnant and sustaining pregnancy.

Seeds Act as Natural Hormone Regulators

Because the menstrual cycle is dominated by estrogen and progesterone, we can supplement our body’s natural hormone production with foods that contain the precursors to these hormones—in other words, the building blocks that will make them in the right proportions. Seeds—specifically pumpkin, sesame, sunflower and flax varieties—provide the ingredients for balanced hormone production, especially when paired intentionally throughout the month.

Days 1–14: Seeds for Estrogen

Flax and pumpkin seeds are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which allow the smooth transmission of hormones throughout the body. Flax also contains lignans, a family of plant compounds that blocks excess estrogen. The high zinc content in pumpkin seeds allows the body to release progesterone. The combination of these two processes allows for a balance between the two.

Days 15–28: Seeds for Progesterone

During the second half of the cycle, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds are a huge boon for progesterone balance. Sesame seeds ’high zinc content and the readily available selenium in sunflower seeds encourage the body to make progesterone. As in the first half of the cycle, the lignans in sesame seeds deter excess estrogen production.

Seed Cycle Your Way to a Healthy Body

Look for a raw, unsalted versions of each of the seeds mentioned above. For the first 14 days of your cycle, have one tablespoon each of ground flax seeds and (preferably) ground pumpkin seeds daily. In the latter half of your cycle, work in one tablespoon each of (preferably) ground raw sesame seeds and sunflower seeds. Grinding seeds, which breaks down the tough outer layers, makes their nutrients more easily accessible to the body. Add ground seeds to smoothies, salads or soups or simply stir them into water, milk or juice for a quick preparation. Make a sauce or your own Homemade Tahini for a simple add-in. You can also take any of them whole (with the exception of flax seeds, which can pass through your system undigested)—just be sure to chew them well.

Some of my favorites include Pistachio Sesame Seed Balls, Flax Green Bean Fries, Sunflower Seed Butter Vegan Oatmeal Cookies and this unbelievably vegan Pumpkin Seed Onion Cream on homemade veggie burgers.

Keep in Mind..

It’s worth noting that foods that promote one hormone also discourage production of the other. Aim to avoid sunflower and sesame seeds during the first half of your cycle and pumpkin and flax seeds during the second half.

This Cacao Maca Energizing Smoothie is a great vehicle for your seed regimen (maca, too, has been shown to be hormone regulating). Whip up a batch, and on days 1 -14, add 1 tbsp ground flax meal and 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds. On days 15–28, add 1 tbsp sesame seeds and 1 tbsp sunflower seeds.

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8 comments on “What You Need to Know About Seed Cycling for Fertility”

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Benny
17 Days ago

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1 Months Ago

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Jacque
2 Months Ago

Hi! I was so excited to find this at Baby Center. You are welcome to use my story on your site.
My name is Jacque and I live in KY. I am 28 years old and suffered a miscarriage in Aug 2003. My pregnancy was going along fine until I went in for an appt. at 10wks. My husband and I were excited to hear the heartbeat. When they couldn\'t find in using a doppler, they said they would do a quick u/s to ease my nerves. The tech searced for my baby. I had no idea what I was looking at. My baby measured 6w 2d and my sac was 10w 4d. My baby had stopped growing. My husband and I were devastated. This was our first pregnancy and the first grandchild in our families. My dr did bloodwork that day and discovered my progesterone to be 10.3, too low. I had a D&C 2 days later. After talking to a friend who miscarried 1 year before due to low levels, we both agree that this test should be given to every pregnant woman immediately. we both contacted Dr,azuba who help us now we are okay. I am currently TTC and herb medicine that was send to me from dr.azuba.it works,so if you need is assistant kindly email him via: [email protected] or +2348149271063,website:https://azubaspelltemple.wordpress.com/. Good luck to all the women out there and this site!
Thanks for all you are doing to bring attention to this.
Jacque


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3 Months Ago

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karen danvers
3 Months Ago

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mine (babara) she introduce me to this great herbalist called DR UDI told
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blessing
4 Months Ago





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22 Jun 2017

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blessing
4 Months Ago





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Sandra
1 Years Ago

I find it interesting that a lot of information about seed cycling refers simply to days 1-14 and 15-28, which seems like it is assuming a 28 day cycle is normal. I\'d be really interested to know how actual ovulation fits in, as many women who use fertility awareness methods know when they ovulate.


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15 Jul 2017

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