PINE POLLEN is one of my favourite superfoods. Although I’m not a superfood proponent, once the body has experienced fasting and detox, adding in some superfoods here and there can make a huge difference.
Some Benefits Are:
HIGH NUTRITIONAL VALUE
Pine pollen contains 18 amino acids and is approximately 30% protein. It is also vitamin and mineral rich – including vitamins A C, D, E and Beta Carotene and many B vitamins. This makes great for when you are rebuilding your body after extensive fasting or if you want to stay on juices but need some extra support.
Pine pollen is a source of natural, bioidentical testosterone, complex of androgens and phytosterols. These may aid in hormonal balance including during menopause and andropause and may counter the many estrogen-mimickers in our environment that can lead to a hormonal imbalance. Pine pollen is great for boosting testosterone and building muscle.
ENDURANCE, STRENGTH AND RECOVERY
Pine pollen can increase endurance, energy and stamina. Its complex of androgens and phytosterols can also promote an anabolic state in the body, which is a state where the body is building and repairing cells and tissue. This is important for building strength and recovery!
Pine pollen can regulate and strengthen the immune system. It helps to prevent colds and increases the production of Superoxide Dismutase, an important antioxidant that stops and repairs damage to our DNA.
DIGESTION & METABOLISM
Pine pollen can aid in digestion in many ways: it aids in bile secretion for fat digestion, helps to reduce cholesterol, improves metabolism and helps to reduce inflammation in the digestive tract.
Pine pollen can also provide benefit in many other ways including improving skin and hair health, improving prostate function, supporting detoxification, and nourishing the brain. Pine pollen greatly supports the nervous system and is important for nurturing the pineal gland and the adrenals.
- Lung tonic, which boosts the immune system and beautifies the skin—two areas that are both controlled by the lung organ system in Chinese Medicine.
- Kidney tonic, which means that it is highly rejuvenative to the brain, hair, bones and endocrine system, which are controlled by the kidney organ.
- Liver tonic, which stimulates liver regeneration and regulates bile secretion, which is controlled by the liver organ system.
- Heart tonic, which increases cardiovascular endurance, raises blood levels of superoxide dismutase, and lowers cholesterol.
- Spleen tonic, which nourishes the muscles and increases metabolism, which are both governed by the spleen organ system.
It is not surprising that pine cones are almost identical in shape to the pineal gland, the master hormone and consciousness-regulating endocrine gland in the body. As such, mystics and occultists throughout history have used the pine cone to symbolically allude the pineal gland.
Moreover, recent animal studies have shown that DHEA significantly boosts melatonin production in the pineal gland, which regulates circadian rhythms—our sleep-wake cycles—which are often thrown out of balance by synthetic lights from the various screens we tend to be surrounded with these days.
Furthermore, any plant growing wildly in its natural habitat tends to accumulate Shen, according to Daoist philosophy. Shen roughly translates to the spiritual quality or essence of all things. Due to their massive size and abundance, Pine trees are rarely cultivated, which means that Pine Pollen is almost always wild-harvested and therefore is traditionally a Shen-rich plant.
Complementing its positive effects on hormonal levels, which are the master regulators of the expression of consciousness in the body, one of the primary benefits of Pine Pollen is that it makes us more connected to nature, our bodies, our essence, and our spirit.