Pine Pollen: Everything You Want To Know About Nature's Most Powerful Superfood
There are many health benefits of Pine Pollen and over 200 different reasons to replace your expensive synthetic multivitamins, protein powders, and other garbage supplements with Pine Pollen.
Many species of Pine Pollen are commonly consumed for their unique nutrients, with Scots Pine, Masson Pine, and Chinese Red Pine being the most popular due to their proven hormonal profiles.
The products sold on our site are made with Masson Pine, as we believe this to be the most potent, powerful, and well studied species of pollen.
Our goal for this post is to cover all the basics of Pine Pollen, its uses, and various benefits. For more information, make sure to check out our older Pine Pollen articles here.
First, What Is Pine Pollen?
Pine Pollen is just that; Pollen collect off of pine trees in each spring. Pine Pollen is made by the male trees, through the soft green cones that are grown on the end of each branch. When the cones dry the pollen is released and carried by the wind, coating miles and miles with life giving golden powder.
Pine Pollen is seen as pest by many, because it can cause sneezing when inhaled, but this pollen is actually igniting new life in everything it touches, not just other Pine Trees. There is even a giant male pine cone statue at the Vatican as a symbol of life giving power.
Some researchers believe that the reason children seem to grow with the seasons each spring is due to increased sun light and pollen exposure, signal the body to go into a seasonal growth cycle like the plants and other animals outside.
Pine Pollen as a dietary Supplement
Pine Pollen is harvested each spring and added to teas, coffee, supplements, and even cosmetic products as a anti-aging component.
Pine Pollen teas and cosmetics are very common in most Asian countries; however, those products have not caught on in the west. Here in the west most people consume Pine Pollen in the form of dietary supplement capsules, raw powder, or in a liquid tincture form (the most popular form).
Benefits of Pine Pollen
Pine Pollen is most popular among men, athletes, and bodybuilders looking to boost testosterone naturally, as Pine Pollen is a rare source of plant-based hormones, which includes; testosterone, DHEA, androstenedione, and androsterone.
Because Pine Pollen contains these powerful androgens, Pine Pollen is believed to: support lean muscle growth; support and/or raise testosterone levels naturally; improve athletic performance; and, aid in boosting sexual performance and libido.
Additionally, Pine Pollen is also used by men and women who simply believe Pine Pollen to be a super anti-aging superfood with other benefits that studies have shown to include or potentially support based on its nutrient content.
Additional benefits of Pine Pollen include:
Skin Issues and Acne
Estrogen Detoxification and Prostate Health
Supporting Immune Function
Increasing Exercise Recovery
Many of the benefits of Pine Pollen have been demonstrated in various scientific studies, while other benefits like increased exercise recovery are based on what is known to be true about specific nutrients provided by Pine Pollen (e.g., amino acids support muscle growth, arginine supports erection function, etc.).
Refer to the studies and links at the end of this post for more information.
Pine Pollen is an incredible source of nutrition
Pine Pollen has been shown to provide the body with over 200 different micro-nutrients that include:
A wide array of vitamins and minerals
Various essential fatty acids
SOD (Superoxide Dismutase)
Studies on Key Benefits of Pine Pollen
Key Benefit of Pine Pollen #1: Pine Pollen's Effect on Testosterone
A study of the testosterone, epitestosterone and androstenedione in the pollen of Scots Pine confirmed that Pine Pollen in fact does contain plant based analogs of human androgenic hormones that are very similar to those produced by the body.
Though science has proven Pine Pollen to contain these androgenic substances, no studies have been conducted to determine if Pine Pollen actually increases the body's own production of these hormones.
Based on the studies performed, we know that Pine Pollen provides the body with a supplemental source of these powerful hormones, that tend to decline as we age, supporting many of the benefits discussed previously, including: increase muscle growth, increased energy levels, and sex drive.
Key Benefit of Pine Pollen #2: Pine Pollen Supports Prostate Health
A study on rats demonstrated that Pine Pollen may be beneficial for supporting prostate health and alleviating issues associated with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH).
The researchers believe that Pine Pollen has a therapeutic effect on the prostate by reducing the harmful estrogens in the body that are known to cause the prostate to enlarge.
Although more research needs to be conducted, the researchers observed that Pine Pollen acted as an aromatase inhibitor, blocking the conversion of testosterone to estradiol and other harmful estrogens.
Researchers also observed that this aromatase blocking mechanism caused the testosterone profile of the Pollen population to increase, further supporting Pine Pollen's benefit as a natural testosterone booster.
Key Benefit of Pine Pollen #3: Pine Pollen is Anti-Aging
After boosting testosterone, the other primary benefit of Pine Pollen most people seek to experience is Pine Pollen's potential as an anti-aging superfood.
Pine Pollen contains powerful antioxidants like Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) and Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) which have been shown to help the body deal with oxidative stress and cellular damage caused by free radicals, pollution, and stress.
Several studies (links below) demonstrated that Pine Pollen increased the body's immune function and antioxidant activity, which may help slow the aging process and increase our body's ability to fight illness and disease.
HOW TO USE PINE POLLEN
There are multiple great ways to use Pine Pollen in order to enjoy its nutrients and powerful benefits. As previously mentioned, there are three primary forms of Pine Pollen that can be used, which include: capsules, raw powder, and liquid tincture form.
Ways to Use Pine Pollen:
As a substitute for synthetic multivitamins
As a pre/post workout supplement or substitute for soy or whey based amino acids and protein supplements
As a natural testosterone booster-supporter
As a morning energy booster
The capsule and Tincture form of Pine Pollen are the most convenient ways to use Pine Pollen, as you simply pop in your mouth and swallow. The raw Pine Pollen powder offers the best value and is a great addition to coffee, tea, smoothies, oat meal, pre-workout shakes, etc.
Side Effects of Pine Pollen
When it comes to the side effects of Pine Pollen there is a known gap in this area of research. Because Pine Pollen is natural and comes from wild trees, it is generally believe to be safe. The only known side effect is that pollen can cause allergic reactions in some people.
That said: like all supplement protocols, we always advise customers to talk to their doctor before adding Pine Pollen to their diet to ensure it is appropriate for them based on their medical history, current medications, etc.
Pine Pollen is a super nutritious food that contains powerful phyto-androgens that have shown to have incredible health benefits. In fact, there are so many benefits of Pine Pollen yet to be studied, that we are confident more incredible uses will be found over time.
The encouraging scientific findings, amazing nutrient profile, and natural hormones are the reason we like to call Pine Pollen nature's most powerful superfood.
If you are interested in trying Pine Pollen, we encourage you to explore our Pine Pollen available below, download our coupon, and give it a try today.
Pine Pollen Studies and Resources
Research on the Therapeutic Effect of Pine Pollen on Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH) in Rats (2005,Cong Tao);
Influence of Pine Pollen on Immune Modulating Functions. Zhang Tun, Jianping Zhu. Chinese Journal of Hospital Pharmacy, 2006(5): 638-639;
Research into the Oxidation Resistance (Antioxidant Activity) of Pine Pollen. Agricultural engineering technology: the agricultural product processing industry. (2008) Yutian Liu, Yantai University;
Anti-fatigue Function of Pine Pollen. Liu Xie (2004) Chinese Journal of Biochemical Pharmaceutics, CDC, Jiangsu Province, China;
Experimental Study On the Anti-Aging Effects of Pine Pollen. Lixin Zhao (2004). Modern Medical Journal;
Research on the Protective Effect of Pine Pollen on Injury Caused by Alcohol (2008,Xie Huiping).
Nutritive Value of Masson Pine Pollen with Reference to Their Processing and Storage Techniques
Testosterone, epitestosterone and androstenedione in the pollen of Scotch pine P. silvestris L.