We take immense pride here at RAW Forest Foods in the quality and integrity of our products—including the ingredients they are made from, the formulation we craft, and production of the final products. When developing products, we select ingredients in part based on their safety profile. Nonetheless, we make no claims as to how an individual will respond to our products.
Humans are unique creatures.
We are strong supporters of the Phyto-Therapeutic potential of herbal medicine, with benefits on par with that of pharmaceutical drugs. We believe in herbal medicine and the innate power it contains to dramatically affect and promote health and wellness. This is, afterall, the foundational drive of our company.
As we truly understand the potential of herbal medicine, we approach these plants with respect, reverence, and caution—just as one would approach any medicine.
As humans are unique creatures and as we understand the Phyto-Therapeutic potential of herbal medicine, we emphatically employ every customer to independently research through verifiable sources (such as Google Scholar and the National Library of Medicine (PubMed)) what they're choosing to put in their bodies.
Additionally, we encourage everyone to consult with their primary care practitioner before beginning any new supplement regimen (from our company or elsewhere) and before beginning any lifestyle change. This is particularly apt for those taking prescription drug(s), with pre-existing medical conditions, who are pregnant—thinking about becoming pregnant—or are nursing.
We do not intend for our products to be used by those who are pregnant or nursing, children under the age of 18, and/or individuals with a known medical condition—including allergies.
Pine Pollen, Seasonal Allergies, and Known Pine Pollen Allergies
Seasonal allergies to pollen are common, and some have a true allergy to Pine Pollen. If this is you—or suspect as much—do not use products containing Pine Pollen.
It is impossible to state the following vehemently enough: Do not use Pine Pollen if you are allergic (or suspect an allergy) to Pine Pollen.
With that being said, it is estimated by some that the actual population with a true Pine Pollen allergy is quite small (Stephen Buhner, The Natural Testosterone Plan), and the American College of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology (ACAAI) states that "pine tree allergy is relatively uncommon."
With over a decade of work with Pine Pollen, we have come across very, very few people truly allergic to Pine Pollen; however, this is merely an observation and it is impossible to say that it is representative of the actual population. Like Shephen Buhner, it is our belief that most are allergic to other seasonal pollens and that Pine Pollen, because it can be so visually dramatic, bears an unfounded responsibility.
Why be so cautious if the evidence suggests that true Pine Pollen allergy is relatively uncommon? Simple, because allergic reactions can be life threatening, because allergic reactions do happen, and because we do not want that for anyone.
The above quoted American College of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology goes on to state that:
Pine pollen allergies are similar to other pollen allergies, and many people with pine pollen allergy are also allergic to grass pollen. Pine nut allergies are similar to other tree nut allergies, and can cause mild, moderate, and severe allergic responses including anaphylaxis. Cross-reactivity has been reported between pine nuts and peanuts and between pine nuts and pine pollen.
It is important to deconstruct what is said above: Pine Pollen can be cross-reactive with pine nuts, pine nuts can be cross reactive with peanuts, and tree nuts can cause "severe allergic responses including anaphylaxis."
The Phyto-Androgens Present In Pine Pollen
Historically, Pine Pollen was used more as a longevity (what may be called anti-aging) tonic than specifically for the Phyto-Androgens (plant sterols of the male sex hormones) that it naturally contains.
Today, Pine Pollen is marketed toward men, but within its traditional use, no sex or gender differentiation was made in its use. If any differentiation was made, it was made based on age, preserving it use for those in middle age and beyond, or for those suffering and recovering from chronic illness. Consult our Historical and Chinese Medicine Perspective page to learn more about the use of Pine Pollen—and its application—within the scope Chinese herbal medicine.
This was for using Pine Pollen as a food. The exception here is the use of Pine Pollen Tincture. As mentioned above, Pine Pollen Tincture is reserved for those seeking to repair known low levels of testosterone.
Pine Pollen Tincture and Testosterone
Use of Pine Pollen as a food or a supplement is considered safe for most; however, use of Pine Pollen Tincture should be reserved for those with a mature endocrine system (post puberty/18 years + of age) and for those with known low levels of testosterone.
Stephen Buhner, quoted above, writes in "Pine Pollen: Ancient Medicine for a Modern World" that:
Pine pollen tincture is for men in middle age or older or for those with the various kinds of disease conditions that pine pollen helps rectify. Pine pollen powder, on the other hand, can be used as a nutrient food or supplement by anyone with no restrictions other than for those with pine pollen allergy. It truly is good for all, female, male, child, adolescent, bodybuilder, or the aged. Except in unusual circumstances due to medical conditions, pine pollen tincture does not need to be used by adolescent men.
RAW Flower Pollens
For those drawn to use Pine Pollen but are trepidatious about the Phyto-Androgens present within in, RAW Flower Pollens (including Brassica Flower Pollen, Green Tea Flower Pollen, and Sacred Lotus Flower Pollen) are ideal alternatives.
These are are all living, raw foods—just as our RAW Pine Pollen™ is—and are all high velocity, low temperature processed to fracture the cell walls, making them almost 100% digestible (magnitudes more digestible than standard bee pollen).
These RAW Flower Pollens offer RAW nutrition, essential nutrients, and are adaptogenic and tonic.
Cycling Pine Pollen and Other Pro-Androgenic Herbs and Supplements
Whether using herbs to heal from a specific illness or while using herbs for their long term adaptogenic and tonic qualities, we advise cycling all herbs, including Pine Pollen and other Pro and Phyto-Androgenic herbs and supplements.
Cycling refers to an on-off schedule of use, providing the body a break to allow the herbs and their phyto-chemicals to wash out of the system.
The body is constantly seeking homeostasis (now known as allostasis) and will adapt to using herbs therapeutically. Cycling is intended to prevent the body from becoming accustomed—in a sense, blind—to the herbs.
For those targeting the androgenic nature of some herbs, in particular Pine Pollen which uniquely contains plant analougs of the male sex hormones (androstenedione, androsterone, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), and testosterone) cycling is believed to prevent the body from adjusting its own endogenous testosterone production (learn more about the androgenic nature of Pine Pollen here).
The information provided throughout this website is strictly educational. This content is not intended as—and nor should it be misconstrued as—medical (or any other type of) diagnostic, recommendation, or advice.
Customers are advised to consult with their qualified healthcare practitioner before beginning any new medicinal herbs and nutritional supplements (from our company or elsewhere). We make this advice because we understand that plants have medicinal and therapeutic potential and because we understand the strength of our products.
Pregnant or nursing mothers, children under the age of 18, and individuals with a known medical condition should consult a physician before using any dietary supplement.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.