In my book ‘The Art of Healthy Living’, one of the many superfoods I write about is pine pollen. This is an extremely potent, healing, and nutrient dense superfood that is pretty much off the radar compared to far more popular herbs and plant medicines.
With over 200 bioactive nutrients, vitamins, and minerals in high concentrations, Pine Pollen is easily one of the most important and beneficial herbal medicines on the planet.
One of the few substances on earth that has the ability to stimulate measurable testosterone and hormone production, Pine Pollen has been a treasure of Traditional Chinese Medicine and neighbouring Asian cultures for the last 3,000 years.
Known as a master rejuvenator and adaptogen, the herb has quickly become known to the wider world in recent years.
Pollen is actually a form of a seed and, like all seeds, it contains the fundamental nutrients and essence necessary to grow a towering 100-foot tall Pine tree that can live for hundreds of years. It contains an incredibly wide spectrum and high concentration of unique and rare nutrients that do much the same for the human body as it does for the tree itself.
In Asia, Pine Pollen is traditionally known as a powerful Jing-enhancing herb, which loosely translates to vital essence or life force. Herbs classified as Jing tonics are typically used in cases of weakness, burnout from stress or exhaustion, sexual imbalances, infertility, low libido, and erectile dysfunction. Or in any case where there was a need for deep rejuvenation and nourishment. According to old Chinese philosophy, we are born with a certain amount of Jing and when it runs out, we die! So, the handful of herbs able to cause the accumulation and restoration of Jing in the body are supreme longevity tonics, of which Pine Pollen is one of the best. However, it is also used by health seekers simply looking for an added boost above and beyond their baseline state of health.
One of Pine Pollen’s greatest benefits is that it is also a nutrient-rich food, containing hundreds of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that nourish the body at a fundamental level. It’s particularly rich in B-vitamins, and amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein and heavily influence neurotransmitter production and mood. Plus, Vitamin D3, which is notoriously difficult to get from food, the only other sources being egg yolks and fish, in addition to the sun.
But perhaps the most important and unique property and benefit of Pine Pollen is its ability to harmonize and powerfully rejuvenate the endocrine system, which is a rare ability in the plant world.
Pine Pollen is nature’s most powerful androgen, which essentially translates to a substance that stimulates testosterone production, although other hormones also fall under the title as well.
But, if you are a woman, don’t let this scare you. The reason Pine Pollen is such a powerful androgen is in large part because it is the only natural source of the “wonder hormone” DHEA, which is the precursor to not just testosterone, but oestrogen and progesterone as well.
With that being said, all three of these hormones are important for both men and women, just in different proportions, which is why it’s important to note that Pine Pollen is considered an apoptogenic herb - meaning that it is one that restores balance to the body by adapting its effects to whatever conditions are present. For this reason, it’s safe for both men and women to take, with a few exceptions.
WARNING: Although Pine Pollen is safe and beneficial for women in general, because of its strong androgenic properties, it is NOT advisable to take in significant quantities during pregnancy. I would also NOT recommend you give to any child under the age of 20 because of its strong hormonal influence.