Synergize Pine Pollen with Nettle Root
To increase testosterone there is no better synergistic combination than to combine Pine Pollen and Nettle Root together. To understand why, quickly review the actions of each medicinal plant.
Pine Pollen contains all four androgen hormones: testosterone, androstenedione, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), and androsterone (andro). These hormones, which are produced naturally by the pine tree, and bio-available to the human body, have an immediate impact in raising free levels of testosterone. You can literally feel the vital effects of pine pollen upon drinking it. Only two percent of all testosterone in the body is in the free, or active form. The rest is inactive in the bound state.
Nettle Root, the root of the stinging nettle plant ( Urtica dioica), has a special affinity for sex hormone binding globulin. Sex hormone binding globulin (abbreviated as SHBG) is the substance in the body that take free--active--testosterone and deactivates it. This process is important to understand for two main reasons. Firstly, only free testosterone is active and able to bestow its effects upon the body. The majority of testosterone, ninety eight percent, is what is called bound testosterone, and is no longer active. As you might have guessed by its name, SHBG is the responsible agent for taking free testosterone and deactivating it. However, there is still a second reason why it is important to understand SHBG. That is because once testosterone has been bound by SHBG, it begins the process of aromatization. This is the process that turns safe testosterone (including DHT) into dangerous estrogen compounds. If you have ever heard that high levels of testosterone are dangerous, it is because of the conversion--the aromatization--of testosterone by SHBG to estrogen compounds. Without aromatization, testosterone is not only safe for the body, but is beneficial for health and longevity.
Nettle Root, having a special affinity for SHBG, competes with testosterone and binds to SHBG, leaving SHBG with no ability to further bind with testosterone. Whats more, Nettle Root has such an attraction to SHBG that it frees up testosterone which has already been bound to SHBG, undoing damage that has already taken place. This drastically elevates levels of free testosterone, but just as importantly, because SHBG can no longer bind to testosterone, it prevents the aromatization of testosterone into those harmful estrogen metabolites.
There is a deep symbiosis between nettle and pine, and it is no wonder that both awaken in the early Spring. They are synergistic plants, and together they work harmoniously in the body to both increase the vital energy awarded through high levels of testosterone and also protect the body against that testosterone turning harmful. Take a lesson from Spring, combine Pine Pollen and Nettle Root for maximum effect.