You may have heard about pine pollen benefits for men and how this herb can effectively treat erectile dysfunction and low T.
So does it actually work? And what is it? Simply put: pine pollen is plant sperm.
That’s right… every year when male pine trees get ready to lay it on their female neighbors, they emit sperm that can be harvested and used as a highly effective supplement.
It’s all natural, which makes it easily absorbed in the human body.
This pine sperm is packed full of androgenic hormones and nutrients that have been shown to reverse the symptoms of hormone imbalance in men and improve overall health.
Pine pollen has been widely used to aid in men’s health for over 3000 years. It’s no wonder, when you break down what this one natural supplement contains.
Pine pollen is loaded with six elements essential to all aspects of men’s health:
Amino acids play the most vital role in protein production.
Proteins serve as the foundation for building muscle. Pine pollen contains all 9 essential amino acids and more.
In fact, pine pollen is 30% protein by weight.
Vitamins and minerals are main players in keeping the entire body healthy.
They can affect heart, bone, muscle and brain vitality.
Pine pollen contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, D3, E and folic acid. It also contains magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium and other essential minerals.
These minerals are especially vital in muscular and neurological function.
Antioxidants are powerful molecules that benefit the body by combatting the effects of aging and even in neutralizing free radicals which have been linked to cancer.
Pine pollen contains many of these helpful antioxidants and enzymes.
Pine pollen also contains several poly and monosaccharides which play a role in many bodily processes.
They aid in boosting energy levels and immunity. They also serve to support cell structure and are vital in cellular messaging.
Most importantly, pine pollen contains hormones naturally produced by the pine tree.
This not only includes testosterone but also DHEA, androstenedione, epitestosterone and androsterone.
Balanced hormone levels affect men’s sexual health, mood, energy levels, sleep patterns and disease prevention.
These hormones are the main factor that make pine pollen such an asset to men’s health.
We just covered that pine pollen contains testosterone.
It is similar enough to human testosterone to act as a supplement.
However, testosterone produced in pine pollen is not recognized by the human body as identical to human testosterone.
This makes it different from the bio-identical hormones prescribed by an MD. It is male plant hormone… AKA: phyto androgen.
Why is this important?
Because a non-identical phyto androgen will not trigger a negative feedback response in your body’s natural production of testosterone.
Negative feedback happens when a low T level is treated with a bio-identical hormone replacement. (Like you would get from your MD.)
The body recognizes the influx, testis receive the message that T levels are adequate and they stop producing testosterone.
This process is what leads to testicle shrinkage in androgen steroid use.
Phyto androgens may be similar enough to reverse symptoms of low male hormone levels, but not to trigger negative feedback.
That means you get the benefits of testosterone supplementation without putting your testis out of commission.
Not only can phyto androgens act as “stand in” male hormone in humans, they can also cause the body to produce its own male hormones.
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This process is based off the theory of temporarily using a supplement to “reset” the hypothalamus and pituitary glands.
This is practiced by some clinicians in the treatment of low thyroid hormone.
A supplement is given for a short time, the thyroid senses the restored hormone levels and “remembers” to produce hormone again.
Think of it as a wake up call that kicks the thyroid back into high gear.
In theory, the phyto androgens in pine pollen can have a similar effect in resetting/kickstarting the glands responsible for initiating testosterone production.
Earlier we noted all of the nutritional content of pine pollen.
The vitamins, minerals, proteins and enzymes in this supplement may play a major role in restoring the body’s endocrine function.
This is known as “regenerative wellness” or deep healing through nutrition.
In other words, many men do not realize that the missing link in their issue with low T is nutrition deficiency.
Pine pollen may be effective in bridging that gap with its unusually high nutritional value.
Phyto androgens found in pine pollen can also help neutralize the effects of abnormal estrogen levels.
Unbalanced, high estrogen in men is common partly because of what we ingest.
Modern chemicals found in plastics, cleaners, pesticides, containers, body care products, etc can mimic estrogen in our bodies.
Not only that, but estrogen can be found in meats and dairy products.
Also, many plants we consume such as soy, hops, nuts and yams contain phyto estrogen AKA plant estrogen.
As estrogen runs rampant in a man’s body, its effects can become glaringly obvious.
This is where we begin to notice erectile dysfunction, mood changes, fatty breasts, muscle atrophy and even the beer belly.
If you’re experiencing some of the symptoms of estrogen dominance, pine pollen may be an all-natural way to correct the root cause.
Healthy testosterone levels counteract and balance the effects of estrogen. In fact, pine pollen can even be beneficial in women dealing with hormonal imbalance as they age.
Another problem associated with estrogen dominance and low T is known as BPH.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia, more commonly known as enlarged prostate causes trouble urinating, as well as bladder and kidney issues.
BPH can also act as a pre-condition to prostate cancer. As pine pollen helps to regulate estrogen and testosterone levels, it can decrease the signs and symptoms of BPH and restore that steady stream.
In 2005, a study was performed on 24 male rats that showed pine pollen to significantly reduce estradiol levels and prostate hyperplasia symptoms.
Along with its ability to regulate hormone levels, pine pollen contains enzymes that can also decrease occurrence of BPH.
Studies reveal that oxidation plays a major role in the development of BPH and even prostate cancer.
The antioxidants in pine pollen can decrease inflammation in the prostate and help prevent prostate hyperplasia.
With all of these potential benefits in mind, what are the cons?
Well, from what we know there are no side effects from taking pine pollen.
However, men under age 20 should not take pine pollen, as they are still developing normal testosterone levels.
Also, if you suffer from seasonal allergies or allergies to pine, avoid this supplement.
So how do you take pine pollen?
Technically if you’re feeling adventurous you can forage for it yourself.
During pollination season (typically mid-April) many men harvest the entire comb to create a tincture.
For proper dosing you may want to consult a naturopathic practitioner. However, the typical dose is 1-2 teaspoons.
It is recommended to start with 1/8 teaspoons until the body can acclimate to its potency.
For a much more convenient, tried and true option we recommend this tincture.
Another great option is in powder form.
If your erections are weak your libido lacking or testosterone your down, get your hands on some.
Its hormonal effects and nutritional value make pine pollen a great asset to your supplement regimen.
Article edited by Mark Wilson. Mark currently owns 5 sites in the men's sexual health niche and has published more than 5,000 articles and blog posts on dozens of websites all over the world wide web.