On Pine Pollen Extract
I recently have been working with someone who has been dealing with some radical shifts in their energy, sex drive, mood, and strength. After a hunch, he got tested and diagnosed with low testosterone. He has been getting his bloodwork done and working with an osteopath to get things moving in a more positive direction. He wants to try and stay away from testosterone supplementation, and asked if there was anything else that could be taken to help the process along.
Last year I had the pleasure of attending a workshop hosted by Daniel Vitalis over at Catch A Healthy Habit in Fairfield. The workshop hit on many points, but I was intrigued by the notion that we are messing with our hormones due to toxins and environmental factors. There are plenty of phytoestrogenic “things” out there and we are negatively impacting our testosterone levels – like soy, plastics, crap in our tap water… Daniel spoke about the benefits of pine pollen. When it is tinctured, our testosterone becomes more readily available for the body to assimilate. His Company SurThrival offers a tincture of the Pine Pollen, in two different strengths. A 1:1 extract (Pine Pollen Gold) and a 1:4 extract (Pine Pollen Silver). I picked up a few bottles of both and have been experimenting with them.
For therapeutic dosing, It is recommend that one uses the Pine Pollen “Gold” product. I was curious as to how this works, and did a bunch of research. There was some peer reviewed medical research out there, and I was glad to see some science back up the anecdotal folklore evidence. Pine Pollen is an adaptagen, meaning that it regulates (adapts) to a dosage your body needs. It’s also a tonic medicine, and that is great because it means it can be used indefinitely, without it having toxic effects on your body. In powder form, it is more like a food. It contains Vitamins A B-Carotene, B1, B2, B3, B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin D (assimilated when taken with fat), and Vitamin E. It also contains tons of minerals and over twenty amino acids and all eight essential amino acids. Yup… it is a complete vegan source of protein.
According to the SurThrival website, “Pine Pollen has the potential to increase immune and endocrine function, reduce sensitivity to pain, lower cholesterol, stimulate liver regeneration; it is an anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic, and anti-tumor. Another potent function of Pine Pollen which has brought a significant amount of attention to it, is that it is an androgen. The fact that Pine Pollen is an androgen means that it has the ability to raise testosterone levels effectively, making it a naturally derived source of testosterone! This is a huge discovery, as sources of testosterone in nature are few and far between. Pine Pollen raises the testosterone levels in the blood and balances the ratio of androgens to estrogen. What it is in the Pine Pollen that has this effect on the hormonal levels, are the sterols. The sterols are basically plant steroids, which benefit us, though also help the pines grow and develop!”
So.. why am I writing about this? Well.. I started taking pine pollen myself, and my energy has increased drastically over the last several weeks. It turns out the the person I was working with did some followup bloodwork, and his testosterone levels are increasing as well. With what seems to be no negative impact in taking Pine Pollen, and the benefits that I’m feeling, I just wanted to put this information out there so that you can make your own informed decision on supplimenting your wellbeing with something that you are not going to hear about at your pharmacy.
Control your own health, destiny, and well being by rolling your own healthcare… it’s up to you to thrive in this world by not sitting on your butt and just listening to what the doc tells you.