Meet The Seed Cycle: Natural Hormone Balance For Women

Written by The Nutrition Academy

Time To Read: 4 minutes

October 19, 2021

Meet The Seed Cycle: Natural Hormone Balance For Women

The Seed Cycle is a small Australian business with a big mission of helping women feel their best, every day. All great things that bloom start with a small seed, and for our founder Melissa Kovacevic, this was planted at her wellness clinic, Functional Health Canberra.

Melissa is a Nutrition Academy graduate and Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique, or ‘tapping’) practitioner. Melissa’s clients regularly came to her with hormonal issues such as menstrual cycle irregularity, acne, weight gain, and difficulty conceiving.

These health-savvy women did not want to resort to band aid solutions like The Pill or other oral medications that could potentially do their body more harm than good.

Using the skills Melissa acquired during her time studying at The Nutrition Academy, she started to research thinking ‘there has got to be a better, more natural way to help these women find relief’. Following extensive research, she finally found her answer – Seed Cycling.

Making waves in the wellness world, the nutritional and naturopathic technique uses nutrients (not artificial hormones) to achieve hormone balance.

After learning everything there was to know about this ground-breaking method, Mel helped her clients build a bespoke seed cycling routine around their unique hormonal needs.

Within a short time, she witnessed transformations that were nothing short of remarkable. One client who had struggled for over a year to conceive fell pregnant within weeks. Others who had tried everything to manage their acne or weight finally felt in control again for the first time in years.

There was only one problem. As busy women, Mel’s clients struggled to keep up with their daily seed routine. Amidst their chaotic schedules, they would often forget to take them or run out before they had a chance to buy more.


The Seed Cycle was born

This led to Mel’s lightbulb moment. What they really needed was a done-for-you solution – tailored to their individual hormonal needs and delivered to their doorstep every month. Then all they would need to do is take two tablespoons of their pre-prepared seed blend daily and start feeling better, every day.

It was from here that The Seed Cycle bloomed, and we are thrilled to bring this revolutionary Australian-first solution to you!


How Seed Cycling works

Seed Cycling is a way to balance your hormones, the natural way.

As such, it is one of the most powerful ways to use food as medicine. It can be described as a form of ‘menstrual biohacking’, as the technique guides your body into a natural rhythm.

The process involves consuming 4 key seeds; flaxseeds, pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame seeds to support your body’s hormones and bring them into balance.

The concept behind seed cycling is that these specific seeds carry important oils, vitamins and minerals which can assist your body to support the production and elimination of key hormones, as well as unlock optimal hormone balance.

The seeds are high in vitamins and minerals such as zinc and selenium which can help support hormone release.

By eating these seeds during specific times of the month, you give your body access to the building blocks, natural fats and lignans contained within to support specific hormone production, including the key female sex hormones, estrogen and progesterone.

Lignans specifically, are a group of compounds found in plant foods such as flaxseeds and sesame seeds. These are types of phytoestrogen which come with many health benefits.

The combination of the Phase 1 organic ground flaxseeds and pumpkin seeds allow the body to detoxify the additional estrogen whilst the combination of the Phase 2 organic ground sunflower seeds and sesame seeds used helps with progesterone generation.

The lignans in sesame seeds and flaxseeds can help harmonise and modulate estrogen levels.


Additional Resources:

Seed Cycling for Hormone Balance by Dr. Jolene Brighten

Beyond the Pill by Dr. Jolene Brighten

Menstruation: The Sacred Cycle: Redefining our menstrual cycle and PMS by Gina Cloud

The Seed Cycle eBook and Quiz



About Melissa Kovacevic

Melissa Kovacevic is the founder and visionary behind The Seed Cycle. She is also a Functional Nutrition Consultant and a Certified Clinical EFT Practitioner.

As a mum of two beautiful babies, Melissa knows first-hand that being a woman can be just as challenging as it is rewarding. Her own journey with health began after trying every diet under the sun to manage her weight, to no avail.

Determined to end this war with her body once and for all, Melissa set out to find an approach that was sustainable in the long term.  This led her to commence nutrition study studies as a hobby. The more she learned, the more her perspective shifted.

As her mind and body transformed, nutrition and health quickly became far more than just a hobby for Melissa. It became her passion and career. Since starting her EFT and functional nutrition clinic, Melissa has helped hundreds of clients release limiting beliefs and mental blocks and find optimal health and happiness. Now, she’s expanding her mission to help them restore their hormone health, too.

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