July 25, 2020

Crafting the Best Pine Pollen Tincture

Pine Pollen is unique in its chemistry.
There are 4 classes of useful molecules that make pine pollen unique.
  • Brassinosteroids (androgen-like plant hormones)
  • Immune-stimulating Polysaccharides (arabinogalactan and xylogalacturonan)
  • Auxins (other plant hormones with germ cell-stimulating properties)
  • Polyphenols (antioxidants)
Brassinosteroid and polyphenol antioxidants come out in alcohol extraction. Polysaccharides need water and heat.
Auxins come out best in glycerol. 
At Canadian Pine Pollen Co. we like to get the full spectrum of these ingredients.
So we run a dual extraction: a water+alcohol, extract followed by a heated glycerol water extract of the same batch. We then mix the two 1:3 extractions to get a final solution that has 333 mg of pollen per  2 Ml of the tincture (1:6 extract). 

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