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Frequently Asked Questions
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease considers Pine Pollen to be generally safe because the components in it are less likely to cause an allergic reaction than other seasonal pollens.
However, we absolutely advise against using any product for which you suspect—or know—you are allergic to. If you have a Pine Pollen allergy (or think you may have a Pine Pollen allergy), do not use any products containing Pine Pollen without first consulting with your medical practitioner.
For more information, consult Pine Pollen Allergies, Safety, Contraindications, and Drug Interactions and take keen notice to the discussion regarding allergies and severe allergic response.
Even more so than an herbal medicine, Pine Pollen is first and foremost a highly nutritious food (beyond a superfood), providing a myriad of wide-reaching health benefits.
We love Pine Pollen at RAW Forest Foods, which is why we provide it in as many different forms as we do, leveraging specific benefits in the RAW Pollen Powders, Extract Powders, and Tinctures—and making the benefits of Pine Pollen as accessible as possible for everyone.
Pine Pollen is used to promote testosterone levels, regulate estrogen levels, and to support improvement in immune function and holistic health throughout the body.
Current research indicates Pine Pollen promotes strong anti-aging benefits and adaptogenic, tonifying effects on the body. This is partly due to its very specific amino acid profile.
On top of that, Pine Pollen is a “natural stimulant,” and for many people, it is more energizing than caffeine without the jittery empty stimulation from coffee. Additionally, Pine Pollen aids in recovery time from exercise and promotes building lean muscle.
In this way, we see energy increases, we see fat loss, and we see an increase in lean muscle. We also see Type 2 Diabetes improvements, ED improvement, and greater libido. And less sleep may be needed—because without relying on stimulants deep sleep is increased—waking is refreshed without the reliance on caffeine.
It is estimated that 10 grams of Pine Pollen contain 0.8 micrograms of testosterone—and it does increase testosterone quite rapidly compared to other supplements.
At RAW Forest Foods, we’ve been working with the combination of RAW Pine Pollen and Pine Pollen Tinctures longer than anyone else in the industry, and it is our opinion that Pine Pollen Tincture is the ideal form to use Pine Pollen when the overall goal is accessing the Phyto-Androgens present in it, such as DHEA, Androsterone, Androstenedione, and Testosterone. Learn more about the benefits of our Mountain Harvest Pine Pollen Tinctures.
Because tinctures are alcohol-based, the Phyto-Androgens in the tincture do not need to pass through the digestive tract. This direct absorption offers the benefit of a rapid effect, and it also means that the hormones are not damaged by the enzymes present in the digestive tract.
Visit The Adaptogenic and Androgenic Effects of Pine Pollen for more information.
Tinctures are alcohol-based herbal extracts. This makes them incredibly effective at administering the Phyto-Chemicals present in Pine Pollen, but it also means that tinctures come with their own safety concerns.
It is well accepted in the scientific and medicinal community that hard alcohol (liquor) is associated with an increased risk in cancers of the digestive system. This has to do with the high concentration of alcohol.
We see absolutely no benefit in taking tinctures sublingually by holding them under the tongue and find it irresponsible to advise people to do so. Tinctures will still readily absorb without damaging the sensitive sublingual tissue.
A safer way to use tincture is by diluting it in an ounce or two of water and drinking them.
For RAW Pine Pollen Powder, our favourite way to use it is to simply mix it into water. We usually use one tablespoon (which is more than is suggested on the package) for 32 ounces of water, such as a quart mason jar or a large Klean Kanteen bottle. Whatever you have on hand works great. Simply mix the two and shake. Drink it over the course of an hour or so.
If you’re taking Pine Pollen or any androgenic to increase testosterone levels, we suggest you take it first thing in the morning—testosterone naturally peaks in the body at around nine in the morning. Also, some people find all types of Pine Pollen to be very stimulating, so much so that taking it late in the day may cause some issues with sleep.
Some of the other methods that people have used for working Pine Pollen Powder into their day include:
- Mixing it into their morning oatmeal or cold cereal;
- Baking with it by replacing part of the flour with Pine Pollen;
- Mixing it into a smoothie;
- Making chocolates with Pine Pollen as a major ingredient;
- Combining Pine Pollen with other herbs for a tonic elixir;
- Adding it to their morning coffee or tea.
Here is an old (but still relevant) video we shot showing how easy it is to use your RAW Pine Pollen.
RAW Pine Pollen—pretty much as the name suggests—comes closer to its natural form than any extract can. It’s a living food, so you get its full spectrum of plant chemicals such as living enzymes. Extracts, by contrast, have been cooked during the extraction process.
Our unstandardized extracts, which are ≈ a 50:1 concentrated extract, concentrate everything in the whole, raw powder of our RAW Pine Pollen, and is the same extract as found in our Pine Pollen Extract Capsules and our Pine Pollen and Nettle Root Extract Powder.
The biggest difference between these two is that the extract has been concentrated 50 times.
Alternatively, Pine Pollen Tincture is a 1:2 extract that delivers an equivalent of 1 gram of RAW Pine Pollen per serving and offers quick absorption and maximum effect.
We believe that RAW Pine Pollen can lay a good health foundation, then supplementing with the extracts or tincture as needed.
It's because their overall effect and intention are different. The RAW Pine Pollen is intended to act more nutritionally with the body, promoting wellness and hormonal health in a more holistic way, while the Pine Pollen Extract takes more of a supplemental approach.
The protein content in Pine Pollen varies from species to species, from location to location, and time of harvest, and other factors. According to Stephen Buhner, author of "Pine Pollen: Ancient Medicine for a New Millennium, the protein content of Pine Pollen varies from between 6% and 28%.
On the other hand, a study conducted to measure the nutritive value of pollen from the Chinese Masson Pine (scientifically called Pinus massoniana) stated the Pine Pollen contains 13% protein.
Because these numbers vary, from a nutritional standpoint, we find it more beneficial to consider the amino acid profile instead of looking specifically at the content of protein. If you want to know more about the content of the amino acid profile of Pine Pollen, we suggest having a look at our nutritional analysis of Pine Pollen.
It really depends on which compound in Pine Pollen that you’re looking at. But in general, it can take 12 to 24 hours.
Our Pine Pollen is sourced and harvested in the Yunnan Province of Southwestern China—an area roughly the same size as California (152,000 sq miles). For more information, as well as details on our site visit, please see our article, Meet the Source: Mountain Harvest Pine Pollen.
All of our products are stamped with a "best before" date on the packaging. If stored correctly, our products remain potent long after the "best before" date.
All RAW Pine Pollen (including capsules) should be stored in an air-tight container and in a cool and dry place. The pure pollen and powdered extracts have the potential to attract moisture, and they need to be kept sealed and dry.
Tinctures, however, have shown the ability to retain their potency for several hundred years. So we assume our tinctures will retain their freshness throughout the human lifespan. The main concern with storing tinctures is the rubber stopper at the base of the lid. We keep all of our tinctures in an up-right position in our warehouse, and we urge our customers to do the same.
If you’re looking specifically for the Phyto-androgens, the tincture is the best. If you’re looking for a more whole-body approach, the RAW Pine Pollen is the best. We think the two actually work together, synergistically, and that the combination is ideal.
At the time of extraction, we use 40% alcohol and 60% water for tincturing. However, it’s hard to precise how much alcohol is left after extraction because some of it will evaporate during the process.
The alcohol we use is certified gluten-free and certified Kosher. While we do our best to source all organic ingredients, the alcohol is not certified GMO free.
For men who are high in estrogen and/or low in testosterone, Pine Pollen may help. But that does not mean it is only for men.
Pine Pollen is indicated for women seeking to restore healthy hormone levels of estrogen to testosterone. Elevated levels of estrogen in women will lead to bone loss and sexual malfunction, and pine pollen may reverse these effects.
For instance, Pine Pollen is fantastic for women at menopause as it is for men at andropause.
This is very normal, 100% expected for the extraction process. We were the first company to develop this extract, and it has always been brown.
We suggest a schedule of five days on, and two days off, or four weeks on and one week off. We wrote a specific article on how to cycle Pine Pollen to support improved testosterone levels.
To begin with, think Pine Pollen Powder (not the tincture) less like medicine and more like the most nutritious food that you could ever get your hands on. Your body will respond in very positive ways of having proper nutrition.
We’d say that Pine Pollen Tincture is perfect for those targeting the Phyto-androgens present in Pine Pollen, and makes a perfect complement alongside RAW Pine Pollen. We recommend a combination of the two as a long term goal, and eventually stopping the Pine Pollen Tincture and just consuming the whole food—the RAW Pine Pollen.
Our Pine Pollen Extract Capsules contain essentially nothing but our full potency, full-spectrum, unstandardized Pine Pollen Extract Powder.
Our Pine Pollen Alchemy (previously known as the Endocrine Strengthening Formula) is a formula built around Pine Pollen. In Chinese herbal medicine, a single herb is rarely—if ever—taken alone. Pine Pollen Alchemy is intended to amplify the effects of Pine Pollen, providing ongoing, long term benefits.
Pine Pollen Extract Capsules are more focused on the supplemental properties of Pine Pollen, whereas Pine Pollen Alchemy Capsules are an adaptogenic (tonic) formula, which works with the body to produce changes. This formula is better for long term use. In fact, that is exactly what the formula was developed for.
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