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Pine Pollen Extract Capsules (Unstandardized & Fortified with Piperine) 120 caps | Raw Forest Herbs
From the pristine Mountain Harvest Pine Pollen collection
RAW Forest Foods was the first company offering a powdered Pine Pollen Extract.
Now, we've reinvented it.
These capsules contain unstandardized Pine Pollen Extract. Most powdered extracts are a standardized 5:1 or 10:1concentration. This one—while unstandardized—is closer to a 50 times concentration. That's a 50:1 extract. This is a pure, full spectrum, unstandardized extract. It's a big deal. We're really excited to be able to offer it to you.
Our customers love RAW Pine Pollen because of the many (200+) living nutrients it contains—including vitamins, vital enzymes and co-enzymes, pro-androgenic phyto-sterols, and endocrine regulating adaptogenic compounds. Pine Pollen is also a dense source of protein, containing all vital (and other) amino acids. It also contains many minerals, superoxide dismutase (SOD), methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), and other healthy, important compounds.*
Pine Pollen Benefits
At RAW Forest Foods, we love Pine Pollen as a nutrient dense, functional (super) food, that contains additional adaptogenic, tonic, and phyto-androgenic properties.*
That is to say, we love Pine Pollen because of the deep, restorative nutrition it offers—its nutritive properties. Pine Pollen offers key living vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and enzymatic co-factors, healthy fats, and many other nutritional compounds. And we love Pine Pollen because of its naturally occurring phyto-androgens (plant compounds that are nearly identical to the male sex hormones, including testosterone) and endocrine system regulating adaptogens.*
But we're not the only ones that love it.
Pine Pollen has a written medicinal use history dating back approximately 1500 years. Today, Pine Pollen is used for many of the same reasons it has been used throughout that history:
- Positive actions on the endocrine system;
- Deeply nutritive;
- Anti-aging properties;
- Anti-fatigue qualities.*
To elevate these, this Pine Pollen Powdered Extract is concentrated roughly 50 times (a 50:1 extract). It begins as Mountain Harvest RAW Pine Pollen and ends as the cleanest, strongest extract available.
Piperine is a compound extracted from black pepper (Piper nigrum). Piperine can help increase the bio-availability of some supplements and nutrients, including Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Selenium, CoQ10, and Curcumin.* Increased bio-availability is why Piperine is included here with Pine Pollen. It takes just a small amount of Piperine to gain the benefits of it, with effective dosage in the 5 - 20 milligram range. Piperine has been shown to increase bio-availability of Curcumin (turmeric extract) by 2000%.
With such a small amount of Piperine required, we are able to add it without reducing the overall amount of Pine Pollen in the product. This is a win-win.
FAQ: Is your Royal Pine Pollen Tincture or Extract Capsules Stronger
Technically, our Pine Pollen Powdered Extract, whether this unstandardized extract or our 10:1 extract is much stronger than any tincture available anywhere. It is just not possible to obtain the high concentration with a tincture as it is with a powdered extract. That’s just a reality.
This extract is approximately a 50:1 concentration. It’s made from our pure, RAW Pine Pollen. That means it takes 50 parts of raw material to produce 1 part of extract. By comparison, our tinctures are a 1:2 extract. This is the strongest tincture we find possible when using pure, RAW Pine Pollen as the starting material (which is what should be used). That means it takes 100 times the amount of RAW Pine Pollen to produce 1 part of this powdered extract as it does to produce 1 part of our tincture. That’s a big difference.
Compaired to our previous capsules, these take 5 times the amount of RAW Pine Pollen to produce. They are much more expensive to make, and—as of right now—the price is not reflective of the cost. We just couldn’t raise the price in accordance to the actual cost of the product, since our customers were used to paying what they paid previously for the 10:1 extract. We’ll have to change the pricing to reflect this. But for now, we’re sticking with legacy pricing.
Each Bottle Contains:
- 120 capsules (plant based, vegan/vegetarian capsules);
- 480 mg of Pine Pollen Extract per serving;
- 20 mg of Piperine (Piper nigrum) extract per serving (to increase bio-availability*);
- 60 servings per container.
- Potent unstandardized extract of our Mountain Harvest RAW Pine Pollen;
- Pine Pollen Extract is produced using a dual stage, hydro-ethanolic hot water extraction process
- Each container contains 60 servings;
- Wild harvested exclusively from remote, high-elevation pine forests, and exclusively from the potent Pinus massoniana pine tree;
- Manufactured in the US in a certified FDA cGMP facility, following strict protocol;
- Pine Pollen may help restore healthy, vital levels of testosterone.*
Pine Pollen Extract Capsules (Unstandardized and Fortified with Piperine) 120 caps | Raw Forest Herbs
The serving size is 2 capsules daily, or as otherwise directed. Each serving contains 480 mg of Pine Pollen Powdered Extract (full spectrum, unstandardized) with 20 mg of Piperine (Piper nigrum), added to increase overall bioavailability).
Other Ingredients: Plant cellulose (capsules).
GMO free, and is vegan/vegetarian.
Some find Pine Pollen to be highly energizing. Avoid using it late in the day if this is the case.
As with all of our products, we advise that these be taken on an empty stomach. Capsules make it very easy to add this product into your daily routine.
Of course, whichever way you decide to use it, the best way is the way that ensures regular, consistent use, because no gain is made from a product that sits untouched in the cupboard
Frequently Asked Questions
We created this FAQ page to answer some of the common questions that we receive at RAW Forest Foods. If you have a question that you do not see answered here or have a question you would like included in our FAQ, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Question: Using Pine Pollen to Increase Testosterone
Answer: Since we started RAW Forest Foods back in 2010, one of the most common questions that are floated around about Pine Pollen is the use of it for increasting testosterone and the best form of it to do so. Specifically, if powders or tinctures are better.
The general consencious on this question is that tinctures are the ideal form to use Pine Pollen if the overall goal acessing the phyto-androgens present in it (Mountain Harvest Pine Pollen Tincture).
Because tinctures are alcohol based, the androgens in the tincture do not go through the digestive tract as other Pine Pollen does, because the alcohol is absorbed through the cells lining the mouth, esophagus, and the stomach. This direct absorption offers the benefit of a very quick effect and it also means that the hormones are not damaged by the enzymes present in the digestive tract.
Visit our page The Adaptogenic and Androgenic Effects of Pine Pollen for more information on this topic.
Question: How do I take Pine Pollen Tincture?
Answer: There is no shortage of opinions available about how best to take tinctures and there is a lot of conflicting information about this on the internet and elsewhere. We hope to best explain the topic so that you can make your own informed decision (whether or not you choose to follow our advice).
Some of those selling tinctures (including herb-enthusiasts and herbalists) recommend using tinctures by placing them under the tongue (including Pine Pollen Tincture) and holding it there for a few moments, up to a couple of minutes. The reasoning behind this is that the tincture will absorb through the soft, delicate tissues of the mouth, particularly those under the tongue. As we have mentioned elsewhere, because the majority of tinctures are alcohol based, the compounds in the plant that have been extracted into the alcohol are able to pass through cell membranes and enter the general blood supply directly, without first passing through the small intestine.
With this, holding Pine Pollen Tincture (really, any alcohol based tincture) under the tongue does promote quick absorption.
The issue, however, is that the tissue under the tongue is very delicate, and alcohol is very irritating. This is why studies have found correlation between the use of alcohol mouth washes and mouth cancer, and why drinking alcohol places someone at a much higher risk of cancers of the digestive system. Because of this, we do not recommend people to take tincture using this method.
Does this mean that you have to do without quick absorbing tinctures? Not at all.
By using tinctures diluted in an ounce or two of water and drinking them, the compounds in the alcohol are still able to readily absorb across the cell membranes without having to be digested and absorbed in the small intestine. The difference is that in this method, you are not holding the tincture under the tongue, where the irritation is constant, localized, and focused. The tincture will absorb throughout the mouth, esophagus, and stomach.
Visit our fun, illustrated guide to using all of our products.
Question: Will Pine Pollen Cause Endocrine "Shut Down"?
Answer: Many are concerned about endocrine "shut down" in regards to the use of Pine Pollen. To better understand how our Pine Pollen products affect the endocrine system, it is important to first understand how hormones are regulated in the body.
The majority of hormones (over 99% of them) operate in the body in what is called the negative feedback mechanism, meaning that when there are optimum levels of a certain hormone, the gland responsible for that hormone receives a signal that "shuts down" production on that hormone. When the levels dip, that gland is told to turn back on, and production starts again. The negative feedback mechanism is usually described as a thermostat in the house: The temperature is set, and as long as it stays warm enough and above that set temperature, the furnace stays off. One the temperature dips below the set point, the furnace starts up until the desired temperature is reached.
If the glands are not being used for the production of hormones, they can begin to atrophy. Bio-identical (pharmaceutical) hormone replacement therapy, and the abuse of steroids for building muscle, will cause atrophy of the glands responsible for the production of the hormones that are being replaced. This is because the hormones are identical to the hormones that the body produces. With a constant flooding of identical hormones, the body does not produce any of its own, leading to atrophy.
The androgens in Pine Pollen are similar enough to not cause any of the undesirable side effects of pharmaceutical hormones, and will not cause "shut down," but they are close enough to provide all the benefits of having elevated levels of hormones. Not sensing an abundance of its own hormones, the body keeps on producing hormones, while you benefit from Pine Pollen's effects.
In the past, there was a self-reported story on the Internet of a body builder who experienced some kind of endocrine shutdown while abusing Pine Pollen Tincture (this was before we were in business and we would never condone such action). This person was drinking several bottles of tincture a day. Since we have been carrying our Pine Pollen Tincture (4 years), we have not heard of a single incidence of abuse or negative reaction to our tincture. I truly believe, based on my research and experience, this person did not experience any kind of negative effect from the tincture.
Like all nutritional supplements and foods, the body likes change. we recommend taking a few days off of Pine Pollen every few weeks, just like we recommend taking a few days off of all vitamins and nutritional supplements, and varying the diet daily.
Use of pine pollen as a food or a supplement is considered safe for most. Use of it as a tincture should be reserved for those with a mature endocrine system (post puberty/18 years + of age) with low levels of testosterone.
Stephen Buhner, author of (among many other fantastic books), "Healing Lyme", "The Natural Testosterone Plan", and "Pine Pollen, Ancient Medicine for a New Millennium, in which he writes that:
"Pine pollen tincture is for men in middle age or older or for those with the various kinds of disease conditions that pine pollen helps rectify. Pine pollen powder, on the other hand, can be used as a nutrient food or supplement by anyone with no restrictions other than for those with pine pollen allergy. It truly is good for all, female, male, child, adolescent, bodybuilder, or the aged. Except in unusual circumstances due to medical conditions, pine pollen tincture does not need to be used by adolescent men."
Question: What is the Shelf Life of Your Pine Pollen?
Answer: All of our products are stamped with a "best before" date on the packaging.
We recommend consuming our Pine Pollen Powder, including our Pine Pollen Capsules and Pine Pollen Powdered Extract, within one year of opening the package.
The RAW Pine Pollen Powder needs to be stored in an air-tight container, in a cool and dry place. The pure pollen and powdered extracts have the potential to attract moisture, and they need to be kept sealed and dry.
For optimal use, use the Pine Pollen relatively quickly after opening to prohibit any moisture accumulation and do not expose it to heat or moisture.
Question: What is the Shelf Life of Your Tinctures
Answer: A professional grade tincture is good almost indefinitely. One of the major benefits of using a tincture is that they are exceptionally stable and stay fresh and potent for a very long time.
Tinctures have shown the ability to retain their potency for several hundred years, and while we are very interested in promoting longevity and increasing the human life span, we assume our tinctures--including our Pine Pollen Tincture--will retain their freshness throughout the human lifespan.
Tinctures are able to remain fresh and potent because the active plant compounds have been absorbed by the alcohol, which acts like a solvent, turning the alcohol into a solution of the desired plant compounds.
The main concern with storing tinctures is the rubber stopper at the base of the lid. We keep all of our tinctures in an up-rite position in our warehouse, and we urge our customers to do the same. This prevents any interaction between the alcohol in the tincture and the rubber in the lid.
Question: Is Pine Pollen Only for Men or are there Benefits for Women, too?
Answer: For men who are high in estrogen and/or low in testosterone, Pine Pollen may help. But that does not mean it is only for men. Almost half of our customers ordering Pine Pollen are women. Because of the association between Pine Pollen and testosterone, many are left wondering if Pine Pollen is of use for women as well. Historically, Pine Pollen has been used by men and women alike and the research done today into Pine Pollen shows benefits of the herb for everyone.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, and in my own experience, Pine Pollen is specifically indicated for women seeking to restore healthy hormone levels of estrogen to testosterone. The same dietary and lifestyle concerns for men and cause a myriad of cascading problems in women as well. For building energy and vitality, in men and women, especially at menopause/Andropause, pine pollen is fantastic. Elevated levels of estrogen in women will lead to bone loss and sexual malfunction, and pine pollen may reverse these effects.
High levels of environmental (xeno) estrogen, and the high amounts of (phyto) estrogen found in the diet have detrimental health risks for women and men alike. Just recently in was found that nearly all women with breast cancer have BPA in their breast tissue. BPA is a known xeno-estrogen. As women, just like men, have rising levels of estrogen, and subsequently lower levels of androgen (male sex hormones), different diseases and symptoms emerge, like osteoporosis, wasting muscle tone, weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, and low libido. Women and men both have an ideal ratio of sex hormones, a testosterone to estrogen ratio (both sexes manufacture estrogen and testosterone). This ratio is thrown off due to outside sources of estrogen and cause all the issues stated in this article. Pine Pollen restores this balance by both directly supplementing with the androgen (male sex) hormones, and also in aiding the healthy detoxification of xeno-estrogens.
Of particular interest to women and men alike, are the beneficial effects of Pine Pollen on skin health. Throughout China and other parts of Asia, Pine Pollen is consumed to relieve symptoms of acne, diminish wrinkles and improve skin tone and elasticity. Pine Pollen is able to do this both by its nutritive compounds and its androgenic compounds, building the underlying skin matrix.
Some women might be concerned about androgens and secondary male sex characteristics, like hair growth and voice deepening. These secondary male sex characteristics are actually brought on by 5α-Dihydrotestosterone, a metabolite of testosterone. In men, the anterior-pituitary gland secretes Luteinizing Hormone (LH) and Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). LH and FSH convert Testosterone to DHT.
Question: Do We Prefer Pine Pollen Tincture or Pine Pollen Powder?
Answer: I originally became interested in Pine Pollen Tincture as a medicine to rebuild my system after a chronic illness and the treatment of that illness. Pine Pollen Tincture brought me back from illness to health. I think that it is fantastic, especially because it is to easy: a dropper full under the tongue three times a day. This is able to produce noticeable effects, which increase over time.
The Raw Pine Pollen Powder is more of a food, and will be targeting the entire system--not just supplementing with phyto-androgen hormones. Think Pine Pollen Powder (not the tincture) less like a medicine and more like the most nutritious food that you could ever get your hands on. Your body will respond in very positive ways to having proper nutrition. I eat the Pine Pollen every single day, because it makes me feel 500%, as a complement to my diet. Here, I'm not targeting the testosterone that is in Pine Pollen, but using it as a nourishing food. Different, though similar, applications.
While I want every man to be aware and engaged in the excess levels of estrogen in our bodies, and how a lot of prevalent health concerns are caused by this, and that Pine Pollen tincture is a easy and effective way in restoring the delicate endocrine system (specifically that ratio of testosterone to estrogen), you ask me what I prefer, and in my own practice, I prefer the raw food.
If you are interested in our Pine Pollen Tincture for the phyto-androgens, I would highly recommend a combination of the two as a long term goal, and the eventually stopping the Pine Pollen Tincture and just consuming the whole food--the Pine Pollen.
Question: How Should I use Pine Pollen Powder?
Answer: We receive many, many e-maisl from people wondering how to use best use their raw pollen powders. When we first started RAW Forest Foods, this was definitely one of the top FAQs we were receiving.
First of all, we always say that the best way to take an herb is the way that ensures that you'll be taking it regularly. Pine Pollen is going to do very little for you if you forget to take it or if the conception of the best way to take it makes it so that there is never the right opportunity for you to use it. So integrating it into your daily routine is going to be key.
For the RAW Pine Pollen Powder, our favorite was to use it is to simply mix it into water. We usually use one tablespoon (which is more than is suggested on the package) for 32 ounces of water, such as a quart mason jar or a large Klean Kanteen bottle. Whatever you have on hand works great. Simply mix the two and shake. Drink it over the course of an hour or so.
There is some ample basis for using pine pollen and any androgenic herbs first thing in the morning. This is because testosterone naturally peaks in the body at around nine in the morning. Taking your Pine Pollen at this point in the day help to replicate the natural cycles of the body. Personally, I find it best to use in the early afternoon, but this is personal preference.
Some find all types of Pine Pollen to be very stimulating, so much so that taking it late in the day may cause some issues with sleep. Until you know how it affects you, best to use in the morning. I know that when I use a large dose after five pm, I can have trouble sleeping.
Some of the other methods that people have used for working Pine Pollen Powder into their day include:
- Mixing it into their morning oatmeal or cold cereal;
- Baking with it by replacing part of the flour with Pine Pollen;
- Mixing it into a smoothie;
- Making chocolates with Pine Pollen as a major ingredient;
- Combining Pine Pollen with other herbs for a tonic elixir;
- Adding it to their morning coffee or tea.
*Your results may vary from those listed above.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
*This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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