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Can Seed Cycling Ease Symptoms of Your Midlife Transition to Menopause?

Updated: Sep 20, 2023

Are you tired of feeling like you’re on a rollercoaster ride as you transition through your pre, peri-or postmenopausal years? Are hot flashes and night sweats ruining your sleep, leaving you exhausted and overwhelmed? Do mood swings and memory loss make you feel like you are slowly losing your mind? These symptoms are all associated with hormonal imbalance and seed cycling has become a popular, natural approach in finding relief!

What is Seed Cycling?

Seed Cycling is a true example of food as medicine. It requires eating pumpkin, flax, sesame, and sunflower seeds at certain times of the menstrual cycle. Menopausal symptoms are a direct result of the decline and imbalance in estrogen and progesterone, sometimes referred to as “estrogen dominance.” Seeds can help bring these 2 hormones back into balance with one another, resulting in fewer hot flashes, night sweats, improved mood, and an overall sense of wellbeing.

But is it an effective approach for easing the menopause transition?

How Does Seed Cycling Work?

Seed cycling hasn’t been thoroughly researched, however, seeds have nutritional properties that can support hormonal balance.

  • Seeds are a very good source of dietary fiber which helps maintain healthy estrogen levels.

    • Fiber also helps maintain a healthy weight by managing cravings and increasing feelings of fullness.

  • Seeds have an excellent fatty acid profile that reduces inflammation, relieving muscle and joint pains.

  • Flax and pumpkin seeds contain phytoestrogens, called lignans which can regulate estrogen and reduce hot flashes. [1]

  • Sunflower and sesame seeds are high in vitamin E and zinc, supporting progesterone production, sleep and mood.

  • Seeds are a rich source of magnesium which can improve anxiety, depression and sleep.

How to Seed Cycle

Any woman can Seed Cycle, regardless of her life phase. Those without a cycle or with an irregular period, can rotate seeds according to the moon cycle. This can be a powerful practice that connects us back to the natural rhythms of nature and our intuitive guidance.

Days 1-14 (Follicular) or New Moon to Full Moon:

  • 1 Tbs each pumpkin seed and flax seed (ground)

Days 15-30 (Luteal) or Full Moon to New Moon:

  • 1 Tbs each sunflower seed and sesame seed (ground)

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What Does the Research Say?

Seed Cycling hasn’t been widely researched, however there are a few studies which point to the ways it can alleviate menopausal symptoms. For example, one study found pumpkin seed oil resulted in less severity of hot flashes, headaches and joint pains. [2] Another found that flax seed supplementation improved quality of life and reduced menopausal symptoms. [3] Early reports also suggest that vitamin E may play a role in postmenopausal hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness. [4]

What’s the Bottomline?

If you’re looking for more research before practicing seed cycling, the truth is, these nutritional superstars lift a heavy load in support of women's midlife wellness! For example, higher intakes of selenium, of which seeds are an excellent source, is associated with higher bone-mineral density and lower rates of osteoporosis. [5] Daily flax, sunflower, and pumpkin seed oil are associated with heart health and lower risk of breast cancer. [6, 7] [8,9]

Why not give it a try? How to? Download our free health tracker, set-up your period info so you are all synched. Take your required seeds depending on your cycle and track your emotions and symptoms. You should start feeling different after one menstrual cycle.

We would love to know how it has worked for you! Don't hesitate to give us your feedback or ask your questions in the comments section below (you can create an account with an anonymous username to protect your privacy) or contact us at Here is an infographic to ease you into seed cycling!

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