The fantastic superfood of pine pollen is becoming more well known today due to a rapidly growing awareness of its benefits for us humans, especially in relation to detoxification, hormonal support for men and women, brain health, cardiovascular health, endocrine support, healthy energy production and more.
What is Pine Pollen?
Pine pollen is a yellow dust-like substance that is incredibly fine and is a superfood that comes from various pine tree species. While the word superfood is far too commonly used in health and wellness circles, pine pollen far surpasses the threshold for qualifying as such because it contains over 200 nutrients the human body can use, and it nature’s highest source of DHEA and other beneficial phytohormones for both men and women.
Within that matrix of pollen contains an abundance of nutrients and some are found in concentrations unlike any other source found in nature. This includes over 200+ bioactive nutrients that the human body can use like 14 vitamins, 24 minerals, all of the 20+ amino acids, 18 living enzymes, essential fatty acids and nature highest source of phytohormones.
Phytohormones are also known as brassinosteroids or phytoandrogens and are bio-identical to human hormones in their effects.
These plant-derived growth factors are called brassinosteroids and include androgens like testosterone and androstenedione. Like phytoestrogens, these phytoandrogens play equal, if not greater roles in aging men and women.
Brassinosteroids are found throughout the plant kingdom, such as in new growths, germinating seeds, and young vegetative tissues. Superfoods like wheat-grass juice, germinated broccoli seed, and certain sprouts have these nourishing plant hormones…but the highest concentration of these plant molecules are found in pine pollen.
We share some of our DNA with the pine trees; namely, genes that code for the making of bio-identical humans gene androgens like testosterone and DHEA.
In other words, us humans are wired for the consumption of pine pollen to help us on a DNA and genetic level.
Remember from above that these phytoandrogens play equally important roles for both men and women and are strong supporters of libido, healthy hormone production, brain health, mental outlook and a healthy metabolism.
In fact, pine pollen contains phenylalanine, which is associated with dopamine levels in the brain and is an L-dopa precursor. L-dopa has been known to specifically treat a woman’s inability to have an orgasm. Pine Pollen also contains arginine, which helps boost circulation throughout the body and has been shown to support fertility in women and men.
It also influences growth hormone (GH) release.
The Mickey-mouse shaped pollen grain is a single living plant cell and the two “ears” capture air and help carry the pollen grain. The complex sugars, which are also known as polysaccharides, along with the strong antioxidants, protect the pollen’s DNA against radiation and environmental damage while floating through the air.
Once the grains land on pine seed, it must stay attached to the seed with its germination filament for one full year. Then a second burst, the following year, leads to the transfer of its DNA.
Within the pollen there is an abundance of amino acids, vitamins, minerals, phytoandrogens and other nutrients that stimulate rapid, anabolic growth through this second year burst.
The Spiritual Significance of the Pine Cone and Pine Pollen
The pineal gland has long been espoused as the “seat of the soul” and helps produce endogenous melatonin as well as dimethyltryptamine (DMT).
Many spiritual traditions have referred to the pineal gland as a pine cone-shaped object located directly in the middle of the brain and have honored this organ for its ability to stimulate the secretion of multiple sacred substances, some of which mainstream science has yet to fully acknowledge.
DHEA and SOD ( Superoxide Dismutase )
Pine pollen is nature’s highest source of a hormone called DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), which is commonly used for upliftment, happiness, outlook, mood and is a strong stimulator of neurogenesis, which is the creation of new neurons in the brain.
Additionally, DHEA is often referred to as the master hormone because it is through DHEA that all other hormones branch off. It begins as a neutral hormone and then can be converted to both male and females hormones, making it the king and queen of hormones.
This also helps give DHEA the benefits of supporting increased mental and physical energy levels, muscle strength, immune system support and a healthy, youthful metabolism.
Pine Pollen powder is loaded in perhaps the most crucial internal antioxidant to the human body, which is known as Superoxide Dismutase, or SOD for short. SOD is 3,500 times stronger than vitamin C as an antioxidant.
SOD is the rate-limiting step in how well oxide free radicals (O2-) are neutralized into water (H20) and oxygen (O2). In other words, it is a compound that must be in continuous supply to help stabilize oxygen radicals that are continuously being produced, just through basic breathing.
This is extremely important too, because oxygen free radicals (superoxide) are very damaging and are the most abundant free radical that mitochondria produce. Thus, because the superoxide free radicals are the most prevalent, having adequate levels of SOD is of utmost importance.
Superoxide dismutase has been correlated with longer life spans, which was shown in detail by Richard Cutler at the Gerentology Research Center and National Institute of Aging.
Cutler showed that humans produce an average of 90 micrograms per milliliter of SOD and live an average of approximately 80 years. Our closest primate relatives, chimpanzees, produce 40 milliliters of SOD and live an average of only 40 years. In other words, the more SOD present, the longer average life-span that was found.
The company I co-founded called Ascent Nutrition offers the world’s cleanest and most unique pine pollen products out there, which will be briefly explained below.
While most pine pollen products are sourced from China, we source ours from remote Canadian forests and wild-harvest with love and respect for nature. Our product also remains a wild, raw and LIVING superfood.
Additionally, we go the extra steps to utilize the most unique and potent extraction the industry.
Most companies will use “cracked cell-wall pine pollen,” whereas we use the whole, uncracked cell-wall pine pollen. This allows for our pollen to not be damaged by light and for nutrients to begin degrading.
Ascent Nutrition’s pine pollen is the bright golden, yellow color in the top two bins. Because our pine pollen is uncracked, oxidation does not occur and ALL of the nutrients within remain alive and fully potent.
Cracked cell-wall pine pollen, as seen in the darker brown bin, oxidizes quickly and the brown color results from nutrients losing their potency.
The question then becomes, which do you prefer?
You can view more reviews on our Ascent Nutrition pine pollen product page here.
Our Pine Pollen can be used in many different ways: cooking, baking, smoothies, yogurt, cereal, by itself, soups, stews, broths, etc.
We do sell out fast and have a monthly limited supply, so if you are even mildly interested, the time to try it out is now. This isn’t a marketing statement either, as these sell very quickly!
At the time of this writing, we are in stock with the Ascent Nutrition Pine Pollen Powder.
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