As we age, our hormone levels drop, which can cause a host of problems. Traditional therapies include synthetic hormone replacements that can be more trouble than they are worth. Pine pollen has recently gotten a lot of press as an alternative to modern medical hormone treatments, especially in regards to testosterone.
Testosterone is what triggers puberty, and continues to help us throughout our lives.
Present in both men and women is testosterone. A natural hormone that helps to maintain strong muscles and bones. Along with aiding in the production of red blood cells, fuels the libido and boosts our moods. And lastly it aids in cognition, and helps the body to absorb blood sugar.
When testosterone levels becomes too low, it can affect not only our sex drive, but the rest of the body as well.
Symptoms that may appear are:
• Decreased sex drive
• Erectile dysfunction in men
• Decreased concentration
• Impaired memory
• Reduced muscle mass and fragile bones
• Weight gain and obesity
• Breast enlargement
• Urination problems
Low levels of testosterone have also been linked to:
• Diabetes, insulin resistance, and sugar issues
• High blood pressure
• Metabolic syndrome
Testosterone treatments are often prescribed to alleviate many of these issues. However, there are problems with modern testosterone treatments. Increase in red blood cell counts, enlarged breasts, accelerated prostate growth, and higher risk of stroke or heart attack.
So what can you do to get those testosterone levels up as safely as possible?
Exercise is the best course of action. Done correctly, it can jumpstart your testosterone production in the safest way possible. And then there is pine pollen, nature’s testosterone supplement.
Natural Pine Pollen
Pine pollen is exactly what is sounds like, the pollen from the pine tree. It is considered a superfood due to its high levels of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, and androgens (male sex hormones). Chinese medicine has been using it for a long time. Collecting the pollen from local pine trees to treat everything from fatigue to prostate problems. Here in North America, we favor the Scots pine, a popular Christmas tree. In the right season, the pine pollen falls out in abundance. Covering every plant and animal in the tree’s vicinity with its hormone rich goodness. (testosterone and DHEA) DHEA is a natural steroid produced in the body that can convert to testosterone when the body needs it.
Studies have shown pine pollen therapy not only increases testosterone levels, but can also:
• Increase your energy and improve your overall health
• Reduce the symptoms of aging
• Increase your sex drive and vitality
• Increase your mental alertness
• Protect the liver from chemicals, like alcohol
• Reduce cholesterol levels
• Protect arteries from damage
• Be anti-inflammatory and a pain reliever, thus aiding in arthritic symptoms
• Reduce swelling
• Have anti-tumor activity
• Decrease lipofuscin buildup in organs, a product of age that interferes with organ function
• Boost immune and endocrine functions
How To Use Pine Pollen
Pine pollen can be eaten as a powder with food. This powdered form has fewer hormones while having higher amounts of other nutrients. This is more commonly used by women who do not need such a high dose of testosterone.
Most men usually prefer to use pine pollen in a tincture. As a tincture it contains a higher amount of hormones per dose.
Cell-wall broken pine pollen is a slightly different product that allows for a higher digestibility by 25%, making its nutrients more bioavailable to the body.