Pine pollen is a brownish yellow dust-like powder produced by pine cones all over the world during the late Spring months. Pine trees produce separate male and female cones. The pollen is from the male cones and is naturally designed to be picked up by the wind and blown to female cones, both on the same tree as well as different trees. It also makes an amazing super-food source for us humans.
Pine pollen has been shown to boost testosterone within minutes because it contains the same androgens that humans do. It contains Gibberlins, a plant steroid that regulates the size of the prostate to ensure it remains normal rather than too large or too small. Gibberlins also serve as an anti-inflammatory as well as an anti-tumor agent while protecting healthy cells.
The superoxide dismutase in it protects the body from free radicals that can cause tissue damage. Brassinolide and castasterone, two plant steroids contained in pine pollen, serve as antiviral agents, protecting against such things as Herpes 1, measles, and more. Brassinolide also helps the liver to dispose of foreign chemicals in the body.
Arginine, is an amino acid that increases blood flow, boosts growth hormone, improves fertility and increases sperm count. Polysaccharides provide an immune system boost. And, a 2012 study confirmed the anti-aging properties that not only slow aging but have the potential to improve age-related diseases.[i]
Overall, pine pollen contains 22 amino acids and it’s a complete source of protein with more than 100 enzymes, 15 vitamins, and 30 minerals such as Pro Vitamin A, Vitamins B-Carotene, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, D, E, and Folic Acid, as well as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, selenium, zinc and many more.
How to Use It
You can buy raw pine pollen powder or collect your own directly from pine trees, but keep in mind that there are numerous species and not all of them provide the benefits you’re looking for. If you are collecting your own, please be sure not to take too much from any single tree. The powder can be taken by mixing it in liquids or making it into a tincture.
If using the powder, take it three times each day – morning, noon, and evening. Use smaller amounts if taking the tincture. The tincture goes directly into the blood stream and it can be easy to take too much. The powder has to go through your digestive track before it hits your blood stream and so it has less intensity.
The tincture is great if you want to focus specifically on increasing testosterone quickly. The powder is great if you want to focus on using it as a super-food source in your diet. It is possible to use both the tincture and the powder.
For the tincture, it is wise to cycle on and off it. The powder can be used consistently on an ongoing basis.
For most people, the powder is considered safe to use. If you already have known allergies to pollens, you may find that you are allergic to pine pollen. Test a small amount and see how your body responds. Some people who are allergic to bees may also find they are allergic to pine pollen. Again, test a small amount and see how your body responds.
The tincture should not be taken by anyone under 20 years old as even small amounts can boost testosterone enough to disrupt the body’s natural hormonal changes and development. For adults, it is wise to start with small amounts, 1 dropper full at a time, to avoid increasing testosterone too much.
[i] Mao, G-X., Zheng, L-D, Cao, Y-B., et all. Antiaging effect of pine pollen in human diploid fibroblasts and in a mouse model induced by D-galactose. Oxid Med Cell Longev. (2012) doi: 10.1155/2012/750963