Why do We Always Recommend our Endocrine Strengthening Formula?
receive a lot of e-mails at RAW Forest Foods about our
Pine Pollen Tincture and our EndocrineStrengthening Formula Tincture (ESF), about which one we recommend
over the other. And we always recommend that people take Endocrine
Strengthening Formula over our Pine Pollen Tincture, or to use Pine Pollen
Tincture to an already comprehensive herbal protocol.
Here, I want to cover why we make that recommendation. An alcohol extract of Pine Pollen, as is our Tincture, provides a potent dose of a comprehensive profile of Phyto-Androgens. This is a valuable resource, and should always be kept on hand for the times it is needed (I'll touch upon this later). However, solely supplementing with Phyto-Androgens misses the larger picture, that your body is capable of healing itself given the correct blueprint for doing so. The Endocrine Strengthening Formula is designed to both supplement with Phyto-Androgens, but more importantly, it calls upon your body to start making the corrections needed to correct its hormonal imbalances. Supplementation is not enough, you need to train the body to heal. And you can do this. Let's look at the herbal profile of the ESF.
Pine Pollen ( Pinus massoniana): Here, we employ Pine Pollen to directly boost your levels of free-Androgens. Our Pine Pollen Tincture, as an ingredient in the ESF, contains all the androgens: Androstenedione (Andro), Testosterone, Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), and Androsterone. This instantly raises your levels of testosterone and other androgens.
Chinese Red Ginseng ( Panax Ginseng): We use Chinese Red Ginseng, from roots that are at a minimum five years old, for all of Ginseng's unparalleled health benefits. If people were to pick one herb to take every day for the rest of their lives, Chinese Red Ginseng would be on the top of that list. For use in our ESF, we use Chinese Red Ginseng as an ingredient because it directly signals your body to produce more Androgens. Ginseng is gonadotropic, meaning it communicates with your endocrine system to actually produce more hormones. This is highly valuable, as your body is the ultimate healer, so it should be relied upon to correct itself, including any hormonal issues. Furthermore, for those worried about adding Phyto-Androgens to an already functioning body, by including a gonadotropic herb to Pine Pollen, you ensure that your body keeps on producing its own Testosterone and other hormones.
Nettle Root ( Urtica dioica): Nettle Root is the male herb, as it is highly supportive of the male reproductive system, and is of special importance to the Prostate Gland. As the majority of men in the US will have prostate issues in their life time, this is highly beneficial to all men. We include Nettle Root in our ESF because of its unique ability to reduce levels of Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG). Why is this important? For two reasons. Firstly, sex hormones, like Testosterone, have a life span. When they are "free" we benefit from them, when they are bound, they become inactive in our systems. If we can keep them free longer, than we will benefit more from them. In the context of our Endocrine Strengthening Formula, the Phyto-Androgens from Pine Pollen, and the Androgens produced because of Chinese Red Ginseng and Tribulus, are kept active longer through Nettle Root. Furthermore, after Testosterone is bound with SHBG, it becomes metabolized by the body, sometimes into Estradiol. Estradiol is responsible for both Prostate Cancer and Pattern Baldness. Lowering your levels of SHBG though Nettle Root means overall lower levels of Estradiol.
Research shows that Vegans actually have higher levels of Testosterone than their meat eating counterparts. However, Vegans have abnormally high levels of Sex Hormone Binding Globulin, resulting in an overall low level of free-Testosterone in the body, and increased risk for syndromes associated with high levels of Estradiol. This makes Nettle Root of great importance to all vegans, male and female alike.
Gokshura ( Tribulus Terrestris): is the traditional Ayurvedic herb for male health, and is just becoming popular in the West. Gokshura has been the subject of vast research and extensive practical application for literally several centuries, which has demonstrated its unique ability to nourish the body on several accords. Gokshura is used to increase muscle mass, increase libido, increase fertility, heal ED, and even to ease intestinal colic issues. Gokshura also boosts the activity of bone marrow, producing more red blood cells and improving immune functioning.
Within the scope of our ESF, we use
Gokshura to increase Luteinizing Hormone (LH), which in turn signals to the
body to produce higher levels on Testosterone. Gokshura does this through its
active compound protodioscin (PTN), a completely natural non-hormonal herbal
bio stimulator. Gokshura (
Tribulus Terrestris) is a safe way to boost
levels of free Testosterone in the body.
Ginger ( Zingiber officinale): Zingiber officinale is one of the most potent plant panaceas known to humans. It should be included in everyone's diet daily, integrating fresh ginger into drinks, dishes, and desserts, accomplishing everything from eliminating digestive complaints, to lowering unhealthy levels of cholesterol and blood sugar, to improving the activity of the immune system. But here, we include Ginger for its unique, and largely unknown, ability to remove excess levels of Estrogen from the body. As our bodies are under constant attack from phyto and zeno estrogen, we (men and women alike) must become active in defending ourselves from estrogen pollution. Zingiber is a rare ally in removing those estrogen from the body. Interestingly, levels of prostate cancer has risen over the past 50 years with direct correspondence with the use of chemical fertilizers (xeno-Estrogens).
We add Ginger to our ESF to complete the picture of your endocrine health by removing the xeno and phyto estrogens from your body which are destroying your Testosterone to Estrogen ratio, causing premature Andropause, and setting you up for greater risk of many health conditions, including cancer and heart disease.
So when do we recommend a pure Pine Pollen Tincture? As I said before, Pine Pollen Tincture has a definite place in your herbal repertoire. Whenever your body is under undue/heightened stress, Pine Pollen Tincture should be used. This included physical stress, from heavy exercise to illness, to mental stress like overwork and emotionally draining situations. Pine Pollen will boost your ability to fight off and eliminate these stresses.
Secondly, use Pine Pollen Tincture whenever a boost of Phyto-Androgen can be of benefit.
If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to ask!
Ryan/RAW Forest Foods