- Anti-stress adaptogen
- Immune system enhancer
- Powerful endocrine tonic & phyto-androgen that balances the androgen/estrogen ratio
- Very high antioxidant content
- Powerful liver tonic
- DNA protective/cellular regeneration
- Offers detox support and protects against oxidative stress
- Boosts dopamine & improves mental function
- Reduces sensitivity to pain
Pine pollen truly is a majestic substance, not only regarding its role in the ecosystem, but also the profound health benefits that it can impart to us. At this stage of our human evolution coupled with the increasingly toxic condition of the Earth’s surface and atmosphere, pine pollen is one of a select few substances that can come to our aid as a deeply nourishing and protective herbal ally. Pine pollen is produced by the male reproductive organ of the pine tree – the catkins – and it fertilises the female cones via wind pollination. It operates in the human body as a powerful reproductive medicine that is incredibly rich in nutrients with many and medicinal actions.
As one of the premiere adaptogenic herbs pine pollen supports our health, regeneration and longevity in a number of different ways. It contains almost all nutrients essential to human health including all 8 essential amino acids plus others, making it a complete source of protein. It contains nearly all of the B vitamins as well as vitamin C, and also most of the water-soluble vitamins including vitamin A (both retinol and beta-carotene), vitamins D2, D3 and vitamin E. It also contains a very large assortment of trace minerals, polysaccharides and even unsaturated fatty acids including omega 3 (ALA).
The reason that pine pollen has garnered such attention in recent times is mainly because of its role as a very powerful phyto-androgen, although there is a lot more to pine pollen than this alone as we will see in a moment. Pine pollen contains a number of different sterols, or plant-steroid-hormones. Many of these plant hormones are able to detoxify carcinogens and environmental pollutants within the body, and help to reverse oxidative stress. One major action that these plant hormones impart is the ability to increase androgenic hormones in the blood. This includes testosterone, androstenedione and DHEA amongst others, and can signal the production of more progesterone in women. This is exceptionally important because we are now exposed to more estrogen mimicking compounds in the food supply, soft plastics and petrochemicals than ever before in recorded history. This has unfortunately created a corresponding increase in human estrogen hormones which is now affecting everyone – both women and men from childhood all the way to old age. Imbalances in reproductive hormones can create a number of irregularities in the reproductive glands of the body. In such cases, a multi-layered holistic approach is essential, but increasing androgens in the body is a critically important part of that strategy. This is where pine pollen tincture can be uniquely effective because it can increase the level of androgenic hormones in the bloodstream quite significantly after no more than a couple of minutes.
Pine pollen is immensely rich in antioxidants and increases both of the endogenous antioxidants superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione in the body. SOD is an endogenous antioxidant enzyme that helps protect our cells from free radical damage and degeneration, especially in the the brain, liver and heart. Glutathione is often referred to as “the mother of all antioxidants” and offers unprecedented support to the liver and protects cellular health by helping detoxify harmful pathogens and contaminants from the body including dangerous heavy metals like mercury.
Pine pollen offers superior support to the immune system too and is very stabilising to the endocrine system – in particular the reproductive hormones. It can decrease our sensitivity to pain and is a strong anti-inflammatory substance, and can stimulate the regeneration process of the liver.
Pine pollen further validates its role as a herbal ally due to its ability to protect us on a cellular level from the various types of radiation that abound in the world today. Of particular mention would be the harmful electromagnetic fields (EMF’s) that are emitted from every single electrical device, especially mobile technology and wireless internet devices. Another huge factor is the ever-increasing levels nuclear radiation in the atmosphere that are spreading across the world from incidents like the Fukushima disaster. This radiation is not only found in the atmosphere, soil, natural water systems and rainwater, but also in the tap water supply and many conventional foods. This increase in radiation is actually a major concern for all inhabitants of our planet now as EMF’s are completely unavoidable, and even trace amounts of many radioactive particles can be extremely toxic and cause damage to our DNA as well as degenerative health conditions such a various cancers. This problem is literally everywhere and isn’t going away anytime soon, so protecting ourselves is very important, and pine pollen is one such strategy that we can implement that offers a number of protective benefits.
The dense nutrition and mineral content found in pine pollen can inhibit radioactive particles from connecting to enzyme receptors, plus this superior food can provide the immune system with the tools it needs in order to function optimally, which can help to process and remove any radioactive particles from the body. Plus, the adaptogenic properties of the pollen also help the body to become more adaptive and better equipped to deal with the various forms of stress that we encounter in the modern world. The high antioxidant content of pine pollen can interrupt the cycle of oxidation in the body caused by these radioactive particles. SOD has been scientifically proven many times over to have a very healing action against the damaging effects of radiation in the body.
Commercially available pine pollen comes either as a powder or as a tincture. The powder is more of a nutritive substance that has a very mild hormonal component to it. The tincture is quite a lot different – it still maintains many of the nutritive qualities, but has a potent influence on elevating the androgenic hormones. Because of this, if you are not looking to increase the levels of androgens in your bloodstream, you will perhaps be better suited to using the powder. The powder is of great benefit to everyone, whereas younger people may do better on just the powder as they more likely to already have higher level of androgens in circulation. Also, women will generally want to take less of the tincture than men, although every case should be treated individually – some men may require less whereas the circumstances that some women find themselves in may require them to exceed the ‘average’ dose…Pine pollen tincture can also help men to navigate the onset of andropause – the often overlooked male equivalent of menopause. At this time in a man’s life, he may have roughly the same overall amount of testosterone in the body, but his amount of ‘free testosterone’ in the bloodstream declines a lot. Most testosterone in the male body is bound to a protein called sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), which essentially renders it unavailable for use. Only the level of free testosterone signifies what we are able to utilize, and it is this that gets much lower during andropause because the amount of testosterone attached to SHBG increases. Also, the androgen/estrogen ratio is often thrown out of balance in favor of estrogen, so pine pollen tincture can offer support as it can increase the amount of free testosterone in the body and restore the androgen/estrogen ratio.
Nyishar Wild Pine Pollen Extract is a unique product for a number of reasons. It is made with freshly harvested whole pine catkins at their peak of ripeness. While this might not produce the most concentrated extract possible, it is still very strong and most importantly – it is as fresh as possible because the catkins are immersed into the alcohol infusion within a couple of hours of being picked! This makes a huge difference to the quality of the tincture and produces a superior end product. Once the extraction process has completed, the tincture is run through a tincture press and then bottled in miron violet glass to perfectly preserve the integrity of the medicine, and spends at least 7 days inside a grounded pyramid before being made commercially available.
Note: Pine pollen powder and tincture are not the same. The powder can be used as a superfood by anyone and everyone without any extreme dosage restrictions. The tincture is different because it increases androgenic hormones very quickly in the bloodstream. If you are not intending on significantly increasing androgens in your body, pine pollen tincture will NOT be the right medicine for you.
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