Beyond natural fertility communities, "seed cycling" is emerging as a way for women to balance their hormones simply by eating certain kinds of seeds depending on where they are in their menstrual cycle. As seeds have different ratios of essential fatty acids, vitamins and nutrients that support the production and release of hormones, this method can help to manage everything from the symptoms of PMS to bloating, mood swings and other hormone-related issues.
For an estrogen boost during their menstrual and follicular phases, women are encouraged to eat flaxseed and pumpkin seeds. During the second half of one's cycle, sunflower and sesame seeds are beneficial for supporting healthy progesterone levels.
To simplify this method of eating seeds for consumers, Yo' Nuts offers a Seed Cycling Blend, noting it "Sounds woo-woo we know, we promise it’s not. Tap into the cycles of life and the seeds do the rest."