In this article I uncover 9 amazing pine pollen benefits. You just may have a pine tree right in your back yard that will allow you to enjoy this gift from Nature!
Pine tree pollen is an extremely potent plant source of androstenedione, testosterone, DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), and androsterone which gives the much needed growth to plants and animals that come in contact with it following a long winter. The pollen comes from the thinner male cones found at the end of the branches of the pine tree. (1)
Pine pollen has been utilized by Traditional Chinese Medicine and other Asian cultures for the past 3,000 years. In Asia, it is traditionally known as a Jing-enhancing herb. These types of herbs are used in cases of weakness, burnout from stress or exhaustion, sexual imbalances, or a need for rejuvenation or nourishment. (2)
Harvest Your Own Pine Pollen Powder to Reap The Benefits at No Cost
To experience the benefits of pine pollen powder, you can harvest your own quite easily. Pollen often falls for six weeks in the spring and can be stored for several years.
To harvest, place a bag over the ends of the pine tree branches and gently shake the cones to get the powder to fall into the bag. You can also collect the cones and then pour alcohol with a 35% or higher alcohol content over the cones to make a tincture. Pine pollen tincture is said to be the most effective way to get the anabolic constituents of pine tree pollen into the blood stream. The powder form of pine tree pollen makes a great food, which can be consumed in higher doses than the tincture. (1,3,4)
9 Amazing Pine Pollen Benefits
Learn about the benefits of pine pollen in the following video and property list.
Video Source: Pine Pollen, The Nutritious Adaptogen from the Pine Tree
1) Anti-inflammatory properties
Some studies reported that pine tree pollen has an anti-inflammatory effect that could benefit arthritis or other chronic inflammatory disorders. (3,5)
2) Hormone regulation for both men and women
Consuming pine pollen powder can result in: increased muscle mass, smoother and tighter skin, improved libido, tissue regeneration, improved breast health, reduced menopausal symptoms in women, testicular and prostate health in men, improvements in the excretion of excessive estrogens, and increased metabolism. (1,6)
3) Androgenic properties
Pine pollen has been show to stimulate anabolic endocrine activity. (1)
Due to the natural testosterone found in it, this powder can be an excellent supplement for body builders or athletes. It has been found to increase muscle mass, improve endurance and overall performance and comes without the side effects of synthetic anabolic-androgenic steroids. (3)
4) Nutrient dense
Pine pollen has been reported to have no toxicity over long-term use.
Warnings: Adolescents should avoid consuming pine tree pollen due to their budding hormone levels, and should naturally be avoided if there is allergic response or known allergy. (1) Please check with your natural health care physician to be sure it is appropriate for you.
Pine tree pollen contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, D2, D3, E and Folic Acid. It is also a good source of potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, manganese, copper, zinc, and selenium as well as over 20 amino acids. (1,6) It may heavily influence serotonin production and improve mood due to being rich in B-Vitamins and a natural source of Vitamin D3. (2)
It is said that pine pollen promotes a healthy and high libido. (1)
6) Liver tonic
It is said to stimulate liver regeneration, and regulate bile secretion. (1)
7) Heart tonic
It increases cardiovascular endurance, raises blood levels of Superoxide Dismutase, and lowers Cholesterol. (1)
8) DHEA rich
Pine tree pollen is a powerful source of DHEA, which is the most abundant and important precursor hormone in the human body. Imbalance in DHEA can throw off the body’s entire hormonal production.
As we age, DHEA production in the body begins to decline, and being rich in DHEA, pine tree pollen is known as a longevity-enhancing herb.
Outside of aging, chronic stress and poor diet tend to affect the adrenal glands ability to produce DHEA. Low levels of DHEA are associated with immune conditions, low libido, depression, cognitive decline, and fat accumulation.
Optimal levels of DHEA are associated with improved mood, muscle development, fat loss, increased sex drive, and immunity. (2)
9) Mood enhancement
Being a source of testosterone, pine pollen promotes feelings of well being, uplifts mood and improves sense of will power and enthusiasm. It also contains phenylalanine which helps stimulate dopamine levels in the brain, which allows it to act as a natural antidepressant. (3)
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