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Pine Pollen: The potentiator of Spring and what that means for you.


You see, in a very real way, Pine Pollen ushers in Spring. Pine Pollen brings the power of Spring. The Fall brings dormancy to the forest and the Winter is dormancy in the forest. The forest, largely, dyes off. We see this same macro-pattern throughout the natural world, and we see this same micro-pattern replicated in human life.



In the forest, the pine tree is the first to reawaken, and as it does so the pine tree begins to fruit its catkins and spread its pollen. At this time the forest is still largely asleep, but the presence of the pollen falling on the plants and the forest floor usher in the transformation that brings Spring. The entire rebirth of the forest is due, single handed, to the power of that first pollinating tree, the pine tree. And while RAW Pine Pollen brings over 200+ active and identifiable healing constituents, its brings along a power of transformation which we have all experienced in nature, but very few of us have ever experience on a personal health level. For humans, we can reawaken our own Spring—physically, mentally, and spiritually, by supplementing our diet with Pine Pollen.

When looking at these 200+ active constituents in Pine Pollen, four phyto-hormones stand out for their regenerative capabilities. These are Androstenedione, Testosterone, Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), and Androsterone. If you know your anatomy, you will know that those four hormones are the androgens, the male sex hormones. Pine pollen is able to potentiate, or kick-start, Spring because it coats the forest with a thick layer of these hormones, and these specific hormones awaken and regenerate, giving a much needed boost to everything that comes in contact with it.

In human physiology, one of the main markers in determining biological age are the levels of these hormones—in both men and women. Higher levels of androgen hormones indicate a lower physiological (biological) age. That is because they have deep regenerative, anti-aging characteristics. Unfortunately, because of poor diet and environmental pollution, levels of male sex hormones in women and men are disastrously low, contributing to some of the most common diseases.
  • The medical world is now confirming the effects of low androgen levels, including:
  • Increased levels of "bad" cholesterol;
  • Increased rate of aging/premature aging;
  • Diabetes and blood sugar irregularities;
  • Osteoporosis and Catabolism, low bone density and loss of muscle;
  • Loss of aerobic energy capacity, difficultly in getting and staying in shape;
  • Weight gain in men and women, increase of estrogens in men—leading to prostate cancer and other prostate disorders;
  • In Women, loss of bone mass and vitality;  
  • Both sexes: sexual malfunction and infertility in men.

Interestingly, many of the effects of low androgens are disorders which are normally explained away as inevitable due to old-age. This is interesting for a few reasons. One, over the past 100 years, testosterone levels have been declining in men, and over that time, life expectancy has also gone down. Men used to have a longer life span than women and now their life span is a decade shorter. Two, it signifies that many complaints of old age might be avoidable, and we see a causative factor—the levels of these hormones—as why some people age without these complaints and others are burdened with every single one of them. Thirdly, it is interesting because the symptoms of low androgen are also the same conditions which Pine Pollen has been traditionally prescribed for for literally thousands of years in China. In both Classical and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Pine Pollen is used to reverse and aid in (more on this later):

  • Low testosterone in men;
  • Increase male fertility by raising sperm count;
  • Heal prostate disease;
  • Regulates metabolism;
  • Improves muscle tone and bone density;
  • Eliminates sexual dysfunction due to low androgen levels;
  • Aids in weight management and promotes weight loss;
  • Promoting immune function;
  • Clears acne;
  • Heart disease.
Much of the attention about Pine Pollen is focused on its potent bio-available androgen phyto-hormones. These phyto-hormones, unlike bio-identical hormones and synthetic hormones like prescription steroids are safe, and do not interfere with the normal negative feedback mechanism of hormone production in the body. As we mentioned above, Pine Pollen contains Androstenedione, Testosterone, Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), and Androsterone, all in potent amounts and in safe, bio-available forms.

The androgenic constituents in Pine Pollen explain its powerful effects in building and maintaining healthy bone and muscle mass, maintaining a healthy and high metabolism, promoting strong immune function, skin health and elasticity, libido (a sign of a healthy endocrine system), breast health in both women and men and testicular and prostate health in men. Part of the beneficial action for breast and testicular and prostate health comes also from Pine Pollen's ability to directly aid detoxification of xeno-estrogens (harmful estrogens from the environment, like plastics, industrial pollutants, and pollutants from industrial agriculture) through increasing the rate of GTS (more on this later). Even with these powerful effects from this single component of Pine Pollen, we have to stress that Pine Pollen is a synergistic collection of over 200+ active components, and the beneficial effects of Pine Pollen far surpasses its androgenic hormones.

Pine Pollen in the Classical Model of Chinese Medicine

While Pine Pollen has been used in China and other parts of Asia for thousands of years, use of it is just dawning in the US. The first recorded use of Pine Pollen as a medicinal plant was some 5000 years ago, in the first Chinese medical text, The Pandects of Materia Medica. This text is still used today in both Classical and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

In terms of Chinese medicine, both Traditional (TCM) and Classical, Pine Pollen has many attributes which firmly establish it as a potent anti-aging agent and a strong adaptogen. Chinese medicine is built around an energetic five organ structure called the Zang-fu Organs. Each of these correspond to the Five Elements (Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood), and these organs (which do not directly correspond with their anatomical namesakes) are responsible for the health of the body. All the Zang-fu Organs must be balanced and strong in order to achieve radiant health and longevity. Pine Pollen is unique in that it is nutritive and supportive to all five Zang-fu Organs, and balances all Five Elements.



Pine Pollen is a Lung Tonic (responsible for immune function and skin), Kidney Tonic (responsible for endocrine system and reproduction health, youthfulness/longevity, brain, hair, and bones), Liver Tonic (responsible for liver health/regeneration, detoxification systems, digestion, emotional health), Heart Tonic (responsible for cholesterol levels, Shen or spirit/spirituality, cardiovascular health), and a Spleen Tonic (responsible for moves and promotes Jing, our essence as humans). As you can see, Pine Pollen is a powerful tonic and harmonizing agent for the body, greatly increasing health and longevity.

Today, Stephan Buhner, in his book The Natural Testosterone Plan, has helped to introduce Pine Pollen to the US population. He has done so because the of the pattern of declining androgen levels in men and women, and the corresponding increase in certain diseases. For instance, Buhner points out that there has been a directly corresponding rate over the past 50 years of prostate cancer to the use of certain estrogen containing agricultural chemicals. RAW Forest Foods has also been highly influential in increasing awareness and opening the dialog around these issues, as RAW Forest Foods was the first company in the US to offer Pine Pollen.

In China, because Pine Pollen is such an important and powerful supplement, vast amounts of clinical and medical research has gone into not only the safely but the efficacy of Pine Pollen. Clinical research in China and the US show that it is an effective daily supplement to:
  • Dramatically improves vitality and stamina;
  • Raises low testosterone in men;
  • Increases male fertility by raising sperm count;
  • Combats and reverses the effects of Andropause;
  • Balances the Estrogen to Testosterone ratio in Women and Men;
  • Prevents prostate disease;
  • Promotes liver cell activity aiding in liver detoxification and rehabilitation;
  • Regulates metabolism;
  • Treatment of Stress/Cluster and Migraine Headache;
  • Increases energy unlike any other food or supplement can;
  • Improves muscle tone;
  • Eliminates sexual dysfunction due to low androgen levels;
  • Aids in weight management and promotes weight loss;
  • Improves overall health, greatly promoting immune function;
  • Easier and quicker time getting back into shape;
  • Gentle daily cellular detoxification;
  • Burns off brain fog and increases attention span and brain function;
  • Improves skin elasticity (anti-aging);
  • Clears acne;
  • Dissolves and removes age spots on skin and in the body.
Pine Pollen is able to so radically and quickly transform health because there are over 200+ active constituents working synergistically in it. Pine Pollen is beyond just supplementing with phyto-hormones. In all of our research, there is absolutly no other food that is as nutritionally dense as Pine Pollen—it really is a superfood. See the table below. Additionally, Pine Pollen, when processed correctly, has an almost 100% digestibility rate.

Analysis of Pine Pollen has shown it to contain:


When we look at these nutrients individually, we see some of the most potent anti-aging compounds in the world, including SOD, MSM, ALA, Nucleic Acids, as well as amino acids which are very difficult to find through diet, and are active scavengers in the body, metabolizing and removing the aging markers called lipofuscin deposits. Lipofuscin deposits are the brown age spots that many people experience on their face and hands as they age, but they also accumulate below the visible surface of the skin, occurring throughout the body (including the liver, the heart, and the brain). Pine Pollen reverses this process, removing the deposits.

MSM, which Pine Pollen contains in its original, non-synthetic form, is truly a powerhouse in itself. MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) is a sulfur compound with strong anti-aging effects. Use of MSM has been shown to grant pain relief, increase flexibility, build skin vitality, promote hair growth, and offer relief from interstitial cystitis. MSM uniquely provides healing for those suffering from joint pain, and has been documented to provide significant and often profound pain relief from osteoarthritis, degenerative arthritis, and degenerative joint disease.

Sulfur compounds are incredibly important in the normal processes which guard the body against premature aging. Sulfur is a component of the essential amino acid methionine (which Pine Pollen also contains). As a result, sulfur is present in all connective tissue, muscle tissue and anywhere else that complete amino acids are present. In other words, it is found all throughout the body. Importantly, sulfur is a necessary ingredient in the formation of collagen and keratin, the substances that make up the connective tissues of the body. healthy keratin means healthy joints, connective tissue, and skin, to name a few.

The amino acid methionine (L-Methionine) is present in a natural, raw form in Pine Pollen. As we learned above, MSM also contributes to healthy levels of methionine. In terms of providing real anti-aging benefits (those that reverse markers of aging, not just leaving you "feeling" younger), methionine directly improves tone and pliability of skin, nails and hair. It also promotes healthy hair growth, when hair has become thin or absent all together.

Methionine chelates heavy metals from the body (including mercury) allowing them to be safely eliminated from your body. Furthermore, this amino acid which is so hard to find in our diets, increases levels of SAMe (S-adenosylmethionine), which helps prevent premature ejaculation and chronic depression. If you are interested in using a natural, non-synthetic form of MSM and L-Methionine, RAW Pine Pollen is an excellent source. In all of our experience and research, there is no other food, supplement, or source with as rich a source of MSM and L-Methionine as RAW Pine Pollen (choose the raw form when targeting amino acids).

Pine Pollen is one of the most valuable resources in increasing your natural levels of anti-oxidants. SOD, which stands for Superoxide Dismutase, is the master anti-oxidant produced by the body. Oxidization is the Number One aging mechanism in the body. Pine Pollen contains SOD, which increases your levels of this mater anti-oxidant. SOD has many beneficial effects in the body, including the prevention of Lipid Peroxidation. Lipid Peroxidation is the destruction of healthy cell walls by oxidants in the blood, where the oxidants break-down the cell membranes. SOD also increases Glutathione S-transferases (GTS). This process, done by a healthy liver, has many incredibly important roles, including detoxification of environmental pollutants, including xeno-estrogens (xeno-estrogens are highly damaging to the endocrine system). GTS also aids in the detoxification of oxidative stress metabolites, and aids in the aforementioned process of removing lipofuscin deposits.


Pine Pollen for the Treatment of Migraine and Stress/Cluster Headaches


Some of the benefits of Pine Pollen still remain to be a mystery, and as the use of Pine Pollen in the US grows, more and more are beginning to surface. One of these worth mentioning separately is the use of Pine Pollen for the treatment of migraine and stress-induced headaches. The direct action of how this works is unknown, but Pine Pollen has a powerful effect in completely relieving these two types of headaches. For migraines, using just a pinch of the Pollen directly on the tongue relieves the most debilitating headaches. People who usually have to visit the emergency room to have narcotics administered have their symptoms relieved with Pine Pollen. For stress and cluster headaches, interestingly, more is usually needed. 

Pine Pollen and Female Health and Health Concerns

High levels of environmental (xeno) estrogen, and the high amounts of (phyto) estrogen found in the diet have detrimental health risks for women and men alike. Just recently in was found that nearly all women with breast cancer have BPA in their breast tissue. BPA is a known xeno-estrogen. As women, just like men, have rising levels of estrogen, and subsequently lower levels of androgen (male sex hormones), different diseases and symptoms emerge, like osteoporosis, wasting muscle tone, weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, and low libido. Women and men both have an ideal ratio of sex hormones, a testosterone to estrogen ratio (both sexes manufacture estrogen and testosterone). This ratio is thrown off due to outside sources of estrogen and cause all the issues stated in this article. Pine Pollen restores this balance by both directly supplementing with the androgen (male sex) hormones, and also in aiding the healthy detoxification of xeno-estrogens.

Of particular interest to women and men alike, are the beneficial effects of Pine Pollen on skin health. Throughout China and other parts of Asia, Pine Pollen is consumed to relieve symptoms of acne, diminish wrinkles and improve skin tone and elasticity. Pine Pollen is able to do this both by its nutritive compounds and its androgenic compounds, building the underlying skin matrix. 
Some women might be concerned about androgens and secondary male sex characteristics, like hair growth and voice deepening. These secondary male sex characteristics are actually brought on by 5α-Dihydrotestosterone, a metabolite of testosterone. In men, the anterior-pituitary gland secretes Luteinizing Hormone (LH) and Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). LH and FSH convert Testosterone to DHT.

Pine Pollen and the RAW Forest Foods Difference

Every single species of Pine, which is roughly 115 different species, have beneficial, health promoting properties, with all of the aforementioned constituents and nutritional elements. However, for health and longevity, only one species has the highest, most potent levels of those elements, the Pinus Massoniana tree. Of those, only Pinus Massoniana trees grown in the remote Northern forests of China have the potency to make them such a remarkable superfood, such a remarkable anti-aging phyto-medicine.

As we pollute our environment, making it increasingly inhospitable to human life, the Pinus Massoniana pine tree comes in to specifically correct the health conditions caused by our toxic environment. Mother Nature is forgiving, and provided us with the medicines to correct the diseases we cause upon ourselves.

In order to achieve the maximum benefit from Pine Pollen, the pollen needs to be processed with a very specific low temperature air pulverization process. This low temperature process fractures the otherwise indigestible cell-wall of Pine Pollen, resulting is a laboratory tested 99% digestibility rate, but keeps the living enzymes and co-enzymes percent in Pine Pollen alive. RAW Forest Foods selects only the potent Pinus Massoniana pine trees from Northern China / Mongolia region, and processes the fresh pollen using this low temperature method. RAW Forest Foods has pioneered Pine Pollen is the US, being the first company to distribute this amazing food in the US, as well as developing an extraction method which increases the potency by 10 times
 
Of course, all species of Pine are highly beneficial, and the Pine Pollen you see so abundantly every Spring can be harvested, collected, and used. However, to make that pollen bio-available, you will need to tincture the pollen, using alcohol to extract the photo-nutrients, making them available to, and absorbable by, the body.China has produced literally thousands of research articles into Pine Pollen, and has concluded a zero toxicity. However, in our opinion, all foods containing any phyto-hormones, regardless of how safe they are, should be avoided by anyone under the age of 20, and those pregnant or breast feeding. This includes all soy products, hops (beer), licorice, the popular herb black cohosh, pine pollen, and other foods and herbs that contain hormones.

Allergies and Contraindications in the use of Pine Pollen

In the US, Pine Pollen has earned an unfair reputation of being the cause of season allergies. This is because Pine Pollen is so perfuse during the Spring. However, this reputation is rather unfair and unwarranted, as most people who suffer from seasonal allergies have no allergy to Pine Pollen. This is because the cells of Pine Pollen are so small they do not initiate a histamine response by the body. The rates of true allergies to Pine Pollen are suspected to be below 2%. If you suspect an allergy to Pine Pollen, proceed with caution.
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