- Seeds are loaded with many health benefits
- Seed cycling can help improve hormonal balance
- Pumpkin and flax seeds can help promote estrogen levels
Irregular menstrual cycles and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) are conditions that are becoming increasingly prevalent amongst young women. If left untreated, these health conditions can cause pregnancy-related problems making it difficult for women to conceive in some cases. Hormonal imbalance can further cause several health issues. Recently, nutritionist Pooja Makhija posted a video on her Instagram timeline explaining the benefits of eating seeds regularly to help regulate hormone production in the body. Explaining the concept of seed cycling, Pooja says, "Seed cycling is a 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."
Know how seed cycling can help fix irregular periods
In the video, Pooja suggests eating four types of seeds in two different phases. She says, "Seed cycling is an alternative remedy for excessive bleeding, infertility issues, and irregular periods. Seed cycling occurs in two phases: the follicular phase and the luteal phase."
1. Pumpkin and Flax seeds
In the follicular phase, which begins from the first day of your menstrual cycle until the 15th day, Pooja suggests eating two teaspoons of flax seeds and pumpkin seeds regularly. She says, "The lignin present in these seeds helps promote estrogen levels which is the need of the hour."
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2. Sesame and Sunflower seeds
In the luteal phase, which begins from the 15th day to the 28th day of your cycle, eat two teaspoons of sesame seeds and sunflower seeds regularly. "In this phase for the next two weeks you need more progesterone which is present in these two seeds," says Pooja.
She further adds, "Despite plenty of anecdotal accounts of its usefulness, scientific evidence to back its claims is lacking. Nonetheless, eating seeds is still a great way to improve the quality of your diet and overall health."
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Watch the video here:
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Seeds are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, iron, magnesium, and zinc, all of which can help improve your overall menstrual health. Pooja suggests roasting the seeds, grinding them into a powder, or soaking them overnight to make consumption easier.
(Pooja Makhija is a nutritionist, dietitian and author)
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