Pine Pollen Explained
You know that fine yellow dust that relentlessly coats your car and windows for a couple of weeks every spring? Annoying, isn’t it?! Well, what if I were to tell you that those clingy little granules are actually powerful, nutrient-dense pollens that can benefit your health in numerous ways? Allow me to introduce Pine Pollen, a nutrient rich, hormone-balancing herb used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
What is Pine Pollen?
Pine Pollen is the yellow powder produced by male flowers or “catkins” of the pine tree. To put it in more relatable and giggle-worthy terms, it’s essentially the tree’s semen. Every spring, for a very steamy period of two to three weeks, Pine Pollen is released into the wind, then carried to nearby female cones for the purpose of fertilization and pine nut production. (That’s right folks, I’m talking about spreading the seed, so cue up the Barry White!)
What are the benefits?
Pine Pollen is packed full of nutrients, offering a wide range of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It is highly unique in that it is one of the few plants that contains Vitamin D3 (the active form of Vitamin D that the body can use immediately), along with Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Pine Pollen may be regarded as one of the more “sexy” herbs out there, as it contains naturally occurring phyto-androgens, or rather plant forms of male sex hormones such as testosterone and DHEA. As a result, it has been used traditionally in cases of hormone imbalance, infertility, lowered libido, and even erectile dysfunction. In addition, Pine Pollen is renowned for its powerful adaptogenic properties, meaning it is believed to enhance immunity and balance stress hormones in the body.
How to use it?
There are a couple of ways that Pine Pollen is typically taken. As a nutritional supplement, the familiar yellow powder gives off mild hints of sweetness, making it an ideal thickener for soups, smoothies, and elixirs. However, for individuals looking to reap more of Pine Pollen’s sex and stress hormone balancing effects, an alcohol-based tincture taken daily may be the more ideal method of use.
While Pine Pollen is a powerful herb that benefits many, it may not be an ideal supplement for individuals with pollen sensitivities, as it is derived from the most allergenic part of the pine tree. Consult your primary care provider and discuss the possible risks and benefits associated, prior to using this product.
The Juice Truck’s Hormone Balancer for Him Smoothie
1 cup frozen blueberries
5-7 frozen strawberries
1 Tbsp shilajit powder
1 Tbsp pine pollen
1 tsp maca
2 shakes cinnamon
1/4 tsp raw vanilla powder
1 tsp ashwaganda
1 Tbsp coconut nectar
Fill to 500 mL with almond milk
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy, then serve.