Pine pollen is incredible. It is a complete superfood that supports and nourishes your vital energy (Qi). Our pine pollen is wild foraged and comes packed with over two hundred nutrients: plant androgens, active enzymes, fatty acids, essential amino acids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidents, and more!
We wild harvest this powerful superfood from wild Canadain forests and bring it to you as it's found in nature; our pine pollen is tree to jar - just as nature intended. We do not break the cell wall, beacuse broken cell wall dramatically enhances oxidation (how quickly the pine pollen loses nutritive value). And best of all our Canadian pine pollen is certified organic by PACS.
The first documented use of pine pollen dates back to 657 C.E. recorded in the the first official Materia Medica of China, Xin Xiu Ben Cao (Tang Materia Medica). In it Pine pollen is considered as a tonic to: Noursish Qi (energy and vitality); Resolve Dampness (stagnation associated with aging or inflamation); Remove Wind (Viral conditions or shifting sympotoms like arthritis); and Nourish the Lungs and the Heart. Traditonal recipies incorporate the powder as medicinal ingridient as well as in food in seasonal cakes and soups. In Korean cousine it is used in making a pastery called Dasik.
Phytoandrogens: Plant based molecules that act like androgens (Phyto= plant + Androgens= male hormones important to both ♂+♀ sexes and involved in growth, aging, recovery, muscle mass, mood, sleep, energy, and libido). These plans androgesn are found germinating foods like wheat grass, or sprouts,and on pine pine pollen they are most abundant.
Phyto-hormones: Plant hormones; auxins, cytokinins, gibberellins, ethylene and abscisic acid (ABA). All of these hormones required for the pollen germinaiton. Reserach shows that these molecules have biological activity in human cells that include anabolic effects, as well as immune system activity, and stem cell growth.
Glutathione: The human liver is constantly making this powerful antioxidant that is essential for immunity and detoxification.
Superoxide Dismutase (SOD): An antioxident made in the mitochondria that is a powerful anti-inflammatory involved in tissue repair.
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM): A plant based sulfuric compound that helps in digestion and energy expenditure.
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Pine pollen is surprisingly delicious, having a mild, dry, and subtle piney taste and smell. This versatile forest-sourced superfood lends itself well to many drinks and recipes. Our pollen can be mixed into elixirs, smoothies, cocktails, oatmeal, yogurt, tea, or coffee, and adds a creamy texture alongside a nutrient-rich boost of vitamins, minerals, and phytoandrogens.
For the hardcore who take it straight, we recommend mixing raw pine pollen powder with a small amount of water, then holding that in the mouth/under the tongue for at least one minute. This gives your body the best chance of absorbing all the delicate phytoandrogens present in the pine pollen.
Pine pollen is the naturally occurring yellow dust inside the red (Ponderosa) and yellow (Lodgepole) male cones. Pine cones are the female part of the tree, with the pollen-producing catkins being the male. Live, whole, uncracked cell-wall pine pollen packs over 200 bioactive phytonutrients, including antioxidants, flavonoids, amino acid, vitamins, minerals, and best of all - phytoandrogens. These plant-based male hormones - known as brassinosteroids - positively influence human cell function.
Every Spring, we set out to the Canadian wilderness to bring you nature’s best pine pollen. Our wild harvest takes place across B.C., and variations in taste occur - each region produces pollen with unique terroir, much like the grapes in fine wine. After harvest, we gently air dry the pollen at low temperatures before placing it in cold storage. We have an undying commitment to land stewardship that has set industry standards for sustainable and wild-harvesting techniques. We also maintain mutually beneficial partnerships with landowners, as well as seasonal harvesters that receive a fair, living wage for their meticulous and back-breaking work. Thanks to our gentle drying and processing techniques, Canadian Pine Pollen always contains a full-spectrum of nutrients - intact from nature.
Hand-harvested and minimally processed - we use sustainable and straightforward techniques to extract the pollen from the male cones. Our pollen is raw, untreated, and in its natural state - we don’t cook, steam, microwave sterilize, or crack the cell wall (breaking the cell wall of pine pollen is a controversial issue that goes against millennia of wisdom). We store every batch of pine pollen in cold storage before shipping. All of our products meet the highest standards of GMP and ISO certification and are also certified safe by the Safe Quality Food Institute.
Our team lives and breathes pine pollen (quite literally, sometimes). From the harvest practices to the packaging, we focus on ensuring quality, sustainability, and equitable trade.
Are you interested in spending time in the wild, earning a living wage? We welcome fun and energetic wilderness enthusiasts to join our 2022 harvest. Get in touch with us, and learn more!