About Us

 

Dr. Saeid Mushtagh, Co-Founder

 

With every meal we enjoy and every bite we take, we make an essential choice. Do we invite health and vitality, or sickness and disease? I am a naturopathic doctor (N.D.) and a passionate believer in living off the land. In the past 12 years, I have extensively studied and used over 200 powerful medicinal herbs, with an emphasis on those procured using sustainable and wild-harvesting techniques. 

Diving into the healing benefits of pine pollen, in particular, has dramatically shifted my perspective towards Mother Earth, especially the ancient, mystical pine tree forests. These magnificent evergreens are not just a source of beauty, oxygen, wildlife sanctuary, and wood - their pollen jumpstarts the entire ecosystem each spring, providing nutrients, hormones, and other substances vital to plants and animals alike. 

Knowledge is power, and I love empowering people with the awareness of this potent hormone-healing pine pollen. For me, being healthy means absolute freedom - as someone once said, “He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything.” Nature calls for us to return to the essence of our humanity, to reconnect with the land and return to our wild roots.

Burgess Andre, Co-Founder

 

I was born in Whitehorse, Yukon, raised in Yellowknife, NT, and have been calling Vancouver, British Columbia "home" since 2013. I feel very fortunate to have experienced life in some of Canada's most beautiful areas -  and as an added bonus, growing up in Canada's arctic region makes it easy to appreciate and respect the power of Mother Nature. I'm passionate about living a healthy, balanced lifestyle, and I am convinced nature provides us with all the essentials to do so. I like to push my body and test the limits, and pine pollen is my go-to for maintaining optimum strength and dexterity.

Raw, Wild-Harvested Pine Pollen

The Canadian Pine Pollen Company started from a quest for a healthy and active lifestyle fueled by a shared passion for the wild and complete respect for the land.

Pine pollen is an incredible, 100% natural Canadian superfood, and when added to one's diet, it provides invigorating and rejuvenative effects. We set out to sustainably harvest this potent pine dust, taking care during each step of the process to maintain the integrity of the pollen's unique and complex nutrient composition. We adhere to the highest Canadian quality standards, as well as stringent internal Sustainable Harvest Protocols.

There were bumps along the road, but the powers that be ultimately shined down on us, as we began to dial-in our wild-harvesting techniques. The most significant part of our learning curve involved the challenge of a limited (three day) window for harvesting. After a few days, a good wind will blow all the pollen away. The mountain ranges of B.C. have presented great opportunities for strategic approaches, especially when factoring in altitude.

Our first harvest in 2016 was successful, albeit small. Our friends and family soon caught on to the benefits of pine pollen, and before long, we had to wrestle over the last of our stash.

Whether it's...

  • Renting commissary space in the Fraser Valley for R&D 
  • Paying for right-of-way access to veteran Ponderosa stands in the Okanagan
  • Setting up camp on private land in the Caribou...

...or hiring local professional foragers to get the inside scoop on harvest sites - the Canadian Pine Pollen Co. sincerely appreciates the support and contributions of the communities, people, and businesses in B.C.  for years of harvests and operations. Our story is not complete without you!

 

Our Commitment to You

At the Canadian Pine Pollen Company, we are fervent about bringing you the most high-quality pine pollen in the world, all harvested with ethical and sustainable practices. We take great pride in providing this one-of-a-kind superfood as intended by nature: wild, raw, and living - no cracked cell walls here! 

Unfortunately, almost all of the pine pollen in the world comes from one manufacturer in China. If you look, you'll see that every other pine pollen on the market is 'cracked cell wall.' Cracking the cell wall causes the pine pollen to oxidize rapidly, making it much less effective than pollen in its natural state. 

Studies demonstrate a small percentage increase in bioavailability when rupturing the cell wall (~15%), but not nearly enough to warrant its use. We gently dry our pollen after hand-harvesting it in the wild and then place it into cold storage until shipping. We have the only pine pollen in the world (other than that which you harvest yourself) that can claim these benefits.

Ponderosa pine pollen buds drying for tincture 

Your Health, Our Priority

The health and well-being of people and the planet are our number one priority. In addition to creating our Sustainable Harvest Protocols, we work tirelessly to promote the responsible use of forest resources in Canada and worldwide. We regularly make donations to NGOs like Community Forests International to do our part in supporting responsible business practices.

All of our products meet the highest standards of GMP and ISO certification and are also certified safe by the Safe Quality Food Institute.