You may know Pine Pollen as a pesky allergen. Something that gives you itchy eyes, a runny nose, or a sore throat.
But if you’re not allergic to Pine Pollen then you’re in for a fantastic surprise…
After you read this blog, you’re going to know the health secrets that Pine Pollen holds as well as the mile-long list of health benefits that taking Pine Pollen on a regular basis will bring you.
After taking a few minutes to read this blog you’ll be an expert on how to spot high-quality Pine Pollen and how to find out if supplement companies are trying to sell you a much lower quality product at a sky-high price.
So keep scrolling, and learn the truth about Pine Pollen and what it can do for you and your overall wellbeing!
What Is Pine Pollen?
So what is pollen?
In layman’s terms, pollen is the plant equivalent of sperm.
Pollen is responsible for fertilizing the seed and kickstarting the growth process.
Pollen is also responsible for providing the seed with ALL of its fuel and nutrients to survive and grow until the seed can sprout its first leaves.
Plants make their own food and energy through photosynthesis, primarily through their leaves, but it’s up to pollen to keep these plants fed and growing strong until they can sprout their first leaves and make food for themselves.
Because of this, pollen is one of the most nutrient-dense natural substances that we have on this planet.
Pine Pollen alone has over 200 bioactive ingredients that are beneficial to the human body.
From some of nature’s strongest antioxidants to the male hormone itself, testosterone.
Let’s take a look at what’s actually in Pine Pollen and what benefits it has for our bodies.
What Are The Benefits Of Pine Pollen?
Some of the bioactive ingredients in Pine Pollen are…
- Glutathione and SOD (Superoxide Dismutase)
Glutathione and SOD (Superoxide Dismutase) are free radical scavengers, also known as antioxidants.
Free radicals are molecules all over your body that cause fatal damage to your cells. Free radicals are used in the immune system to destroy harmful bacteria in your body but can be harmful in high doses.
Rogue free radicals also appear as a byproduct of your metabolism. As your body goes through the complex chemical reactions to turn the food you eat into usable energy, free radicals are created as a harmful byproduct.
Some of these free radicals are filtered out by your liver, but your liver cannot handle them all. This means that, unless your diet is specifically structured to have high amounts of antioxidants, your body’s cells are being picked apart by free radicals as you read this blog.
Thankfully, Pine Pollen contains Glutathione and SOD (Superoxide Dismutase). These are two of the most powerful natural antioxidants that we know of.
When taken through our Pine Pollen Powder, these antioxidants get to work as their digested in your stomach ridding your body of these free radicals from the source as they’re created in your stomach and lower intestines.
When taken through our Pine Pollen Tincture, Glutathione and SOD (Superoxide Dismutase) are absorbed directly into your bloodstream working on ridding you of free radicals all over your body.
Phytoandrogens are the plant equivalent of Testosterone and Estrogen in mammals.
Phytoandrogens support a long list of different systems within the body, from supporting brain health, cardiovascular health, adrenal health, thyroid health, and even help to manage blood sugar levels.
The five main phytoandrogens in Pine Pollen are auxins, cytokinins, gibberellins, ethylene, and abscisic acid (ABA).
Phytoandrogens have also been called by nutritionists and health professionals, nature’s ‘youthing’ molecule, as they play a key role in helping our body slow the effects of aging, both inside and out.
Testosterone is also found in Pine Pollen. In 10g of Pine Pollen, there is 0.8μg of Testosterone.
Testosterone plays a ton of different roles in the human body, but a regular increase in Testosterone intake for men can result in higher bone density, more muscle mass, a higher sex drive, and can even increase the production of red blood cells & sperm.
Now, Pine Pollen is not a source of Testosterone recognized by the FDA, so if you plan on consuming extremely high amounts of Pine Pollen for a boost of testosterone, consult your doctor or physician beforehand.
It’s not realistic for you to consume so much Pine Pollen that you start consuming too much testosterone, but just in case, here are the symptoms of excess testosterone intake for both men & women.
- Enlarged Prostate
- Liver Infection
- Improper Sleep
- Skin Inflammation
- Aggressive Behavior
- Hair Growth
- Anger Management Issues
- Enlarged Clitoris
- Deeper Voice
Besides powerful antioxidants, phytoandrogens, and testosterone, Pine Pollen also contains 14 vitamins, 24 minerals, 20+ amino acids, 18 live enzymes, and plenty of fatty acids. All of which can be readily absorbed by your body and have a hugely positive impact on your health as a whole, both mentally and physically.
But not all Pine Pollen is made the same, in the next section we’ll cover how to spot the difference between good and bad Pine Pollen.
How To Spot Low-Quality Pine Pollen
Not all Pine Pollen is made the same.
Virtually every supplement company out there selling Pine Pollen products is selling China-sourced cracked-wall Pine Pollen.
There are two main reasons companies choose to use this cracked-wall Pine Pollen…
First, it’s cheaper.
And second, cracked-wall Pine Pollen makes some of the ingredients inside Pine Pollen slightly easier for your body to absorb.
But the problem is, the ingredients your body absorbs easier with cracked-wall Pine Pollen are starches and proteins.
Starches and proteins that can easily be found in other parts of a well-balanced diet unlike ingredients such as testosterone, phytoandrogens, and the powerful antioxidants within Pine Pollen.
But here’s the negative side of cracked-wall Pine Pollen…
The wall we’re talking about when we say ‘cracked-wall’ Pine Pollen is the actual cell wall of the Pine Pollen.
The purpose of the cell wall is to act as a strong protective barrier, keeping the light-sensitive phytoandrogens, flavonoids, enzymes, and nutrients within the pine pollen intact and protected.
With cracked-wall Pine Pollen these key ingredients quickly break down and oxidize degrading the quality of the Pine Pollen virtually overnight.
So, if you’re looking at adding a Pine Pollen supplement of any kind to your diet, make sure you do your research, because if it’s made with cracked-wall Pine Pollen, most of the beneficial ingredients we talked about above, aren’t even going to be in the supplement you’re looking at. You’ll be taking a glorified protein and starch supplement, not the real thing.
Let’s talk about the real thing…
Let’s take a trip to the forests of Northern Canada where our uncracked-wall Pine Pollen starts its journey.
Our Preservation-Focused Collection Process
We collect Pine Pollen from two very specific Pine species that generate an incredible amount of pollen relative to their Pine tree cousins.
We collect pollen from the Poderosa Pine (Pinus Ponderosa) and the Lodgepole Pine (Pinus Contorta).
We collect the catkins from both of these plants in the vast Northern Canadian pine forests. These catkins are the golden little tubes you see hanging from pine trees, along with pinecones.
Pinecones are the female part of the plant that contains all of the pine seeds, whereas the catkins are what house all of the Pine Pollen, the male part of the pine tree.
All of these catkins are harvested by hand, and we ensure to never strip trees of all of their catkins.
Just like people, pine trees need both male and female parts to reproduce. If we strip all of the catkins from one pine tree, that pine tree will not be able to fertilize its seeds and properly reproduce.
Keeping the conservation of the forest in mind we always leave an ample amount of catkins behind so that the Ponderosa Pines and the Lodgepole Pines we harvest from can still reproduce and continue their natural circle of life.
Once our Pine Pollen is collected we make sure the Pine Pollen is kept alive, raw and unheated, to ensure that all of the nutrients naturally within the Pine Pollen remain intact and bioavailable.
Now, let’s take a look at how our Pine Pollen Powder goes from a golden yellow powder to a potent Pine Pollen Tincture.
Turning Powder Into Tincture
Once we’ve safely collected all of our Pine Pollen Powder, it’s time to turn it into a tincture.
Before we get into that, what is a tincture?
A tincture is any solution that uses ethanol (alcohol) as the solvent. A solvent is whatever medium you dissolve another substance in. For example, if you add sugar to your coffee, the coffee is the solvent.
To create the tincture of our Pine Pollen Powder we use the world’s most advanced and unique method.
Why do we use such a stringent method?
Well, Pine Pollen is a very delicate substance, and we want to make sure that NONE of the active ingredients are lost while we’re turning our powder into a tincture.
The first step of creating our Pine Pollen Tincture is to do a cold extract utilizing a 1:2 ratio of Pine Pollen Powder to water & glycerin.
The cold extraction process is used because heat can very easily destroy the bioactive nutrients within Pine Pollen.
Next, we add this mixture to a 1:4 ratio to alcohol.
This leaves us with a 1:6 final solution, giving our tincture a final concentration of 16.67%.
To be clear, this is the world’s most unique pine pollen extraction method being used, and we are proud to source this pristine collection of nutrients for you to experience.
But if our Pine Pollen Powder & our Pine Pollen Tincture include the exact same ingredients, then what’s the difference between the two?
Well, let’s get into it!
The Difference Between Our Pine Pollen Powder & Our Pine Pollen Tincture
Our Pine Pollen Powder & our Pine Pollen Tincture are made with the exact same ingredients and carry the exact same health benefits with them.
Now the first thing you need to understand is that one is not objectively better than the other, they’re virtually the same supplement.
The main difference between these two supplements is how you like to take them.
Our Pine Pollen Powder can be ingested as a dry powder, or dissolved in any drink like a morning coffee, water, milk, or juice.
Whereas our Pine Pollen Tincture is taken with a dropper. 20 drops are placed under the tongue and held there for 60 seconds.
No matter which method you prefer, you will get the same 200+ bioactive ingredients.
The other key difference is the absorption rate. The Pine Pollen Tincture is absorbed directly into the bloodstream much much faster than the Pine Pollen Powder. The Pine Pollen Tincture should be totally absorbed into your bloodstream within the 60 seconds that it rests under your tongue.
Whereas the Pine Pollen Powder will take anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour to be fully absorbed as it’s digested through your stomach.
So now you know it all!
You know the mile-long list of benefits that Pine Pollen brings to the table.
You know the active ingredients in Pine Pollen and the positive effects those ingredients have on both your mental and physical health.
You know how to spot bad Pine Pollen from Pine Pollen that contains over 200 bioactive ingredients that your body craves.
You know how we respect the environment and the circle of life every time we go out to collect our Pine Pollen from the Poderosa Pine (Pinus Ponderosa) and the Lodgepole Pine (Pinus Contorta).
You know the groundbreaking & unique process we use to extract our Pine Pollen without sacrificing any potency.
And finally, you know the difference between our Pine Pollen Powder and our Pine Pollen Tincture.
Now it’s time to meet the products!