Allergies, Safety, Contraindications, Drug Interactions, and Pine Pollen

We take great pride in the quality and integrity of our products—their ingredients, formulations, and production—here at RAW Forest Foods. When developing specific products, we select individual ingredients in part based on their safety profile. With that said, we make no claims as to how an individual will respond to our products. Humans are unique creatures.

We believe in the phyto-therapeutic benefits of herbal medicine, benefits on par with pharmaceutical drugs. This belief in herbal medicine and the power it has to dramatically affect health and wellness is the foundational drive of our business. As such, we treat these plants with respect, reverence, and caution, as one would treat any medicine. Because of the power of plants and because humans are unique, we want every customer to research products and ingredients independently, using sites like Google Scholar and PubMed.

Additionally, we encourage our customers to speak with their primary care practitioner before starting any new supplement regimen (purchased from our company or elsewhere) and before beginning any lifestyle change. This is particularly true for those taking any prescription drug(s), have any pre-existing medical conditions, who are pregnant, thinking about becoming pregnant, or are nursing. In regard to our products. We do not intend for any of our products to be used by those under 18 years of age or who are pregnant or nursing. Additionally, please be aware of any allergies you may have to any ingredients in our products.

Pine Pollen, Seasonal Allergies, and Known Pine Pollen Allergies

Many people have seasonal allergies to pollen, and some people have a true allergy to Pine Pollen; however, it is estimated by some that the actual population with a true allergy is quite small, as most are allergic to other pollen (Stephen Buhner, Natural Testosterone Plan).

With over a decade of work with Pine Pollen, we have come across very, very few people truly allergic to Pine Pollen. It is impossible to say that this is representative of the actual population, but it is our shared belief that most are allergic to other seasonal pollens and that Pine Pollen, because it can be so visually dramatic, bears an undue responsibility.

It is impossible to be emphatic enough in stating the following: Do not use Pine Pollen if you are allergic to Pine Pollen.

The Phyto-Androgens of 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 the herb naturally contains. In fact, no sex or gender differentiation was made in its use. If any differentiation was made, it was made based on age, preserving it for those in middle age and beyond, or for those suffering and recovering from chronic illness. Consult "Pine Pollen: The Historical and Chinese Medicine Perspective" to learn more about the use of Pine Pollen—and its application—within 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.

Testosterone and Pine Pollen Tincture

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, herbalist, researcher, and prolific author, writes in "Pine Pollen, Ancient Medicine for a New Millennium" 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 anyone drawn to use Pine Pollen but are trepidation of the Phyto-Androgens present within, RAW Flower Pollen Powders (Brassica Flower Pollen, Green Tea Flower Pollen, and Sacred Lotus Flower Pollen) are perfect alternatives. They 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).

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 Phyto and Pro-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 (read more about the androgenic nature of Pine Pollen here).


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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.

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