Medicinal mushrooms. Ashwagandha. Astragalus root. Maca. These are just a few superfoods that have been producing lots of buzz in the North American 21st century -- but what about a plant that has been a medicinal wonder for over 3,000 years in Traditional Chinese Medicine? Scientific studies are only now revealing how pine pollen could be one of the most complete forms of nutrition on earth produced by Mother Nature -- boasting 30% protein and a rare plant-based source of vitamin D3.
What is pine pollen? Pine pollen is just that: the pollen of pine trees. The delicate golden powder comes from male flowering shoots called "catkins" that bud every year in early spring so as to pollinate female cones and thus produce healthy 100-foot pine trees. Canadian Pine Pollen is hand-harvested exclusively from the wild forests of British Columbia -- an impressive feat considering winds can blow the pine pollen away in less than three days!
Nutritional profile of pine pollen. Like I mentioned above, pine pollen is a medicinal phenomenon; it boasts over 250 bioactive vitamins, minerals, and health-enhancing nutrients. It's particularly rich in B vitamins, contains 20 amino acids (9 of which are essential and the body cannot produce on its own), and vitamin D3 (which is rarely found in plant sources!) Among these nutritional benefits, pine pollen also contains 30% protein and 20x more iron than spinach -- making it an appealing addition to the vegan and vegetarian diet. All in all, unlike the abundance of isolated and/or synthesized supplements found on the market today, Canadian Pine Pollen is as close to its natural state as possible; it's unpasteurized and virtually living, allowing it to be as complex, rich, and balanced as it gets!
Enhanced benefits that will blow your mind.
1. Hormone balancing -- Pine pollen is a phyto-androgen, and the only natural substance to contain bioactive forms of plant sterols, testosterone, and DHEA. This is a valid claim to fame and particularly impressive and needed in an estrogen-dominant society where hormonal imbalances are becoming increasingly prevalent. By supplementing with pine pollen, we can help balance estrogen dominance and normalize androgen/estrogen ratios -- reducing the chances of breast and prostate cancers, fibroids and infertility issues AND balancing young women's hormones who are generally operating at lower levels of androgens.
2. Detoxifying -- Pine pollen is loaded with antioxidants -- specifically reservatrol, brassinosteroids and SOD (superoxide dismutase). The latter, SOD, is a powerful antioxidant that helps destroy and eliminate free radicals in the body before they can cause damage.
3. Adaptogenic -- Pine pollen is one of the most nutrient-dense foods out there. It's packed with vital nutrients to support the immune system and has adaptogenic capabilities that help restore balance in the body when dealing with stress. It also enhances the brain function by stimulating neurotransmitters to help us concentrate and learn optimally!
4. Increased libido and mood -- Pine pollen has been known to increase libido in both men and women with lowered testosterone levels, while also increasing sperm count in men and growth hormones in women. Because it contains the precursor that aids in stimulating dopamine levels in the brain, it is additionally believed to act as a natural antidepressant, ultimately enhancing mood and the zest for life!
5. Anti-inflammatory -- Because pine pollen is compromised of a sulphuric compound known as MSM, it is known to be effective in reducing inflammation and pain, especially for those with sore joints and arthritic conditions.
6. Skin enhancing -- The skin enhancing properties of pine pollen have been recognized by women practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine for numerous years now! Pine pollen is a lung tonic, containing the sulphuric compound MSM which is known to build keratin and collagen, the essential building blocks of healthy nails, hair, and skin tissue. This may be of interest topically or internally for those concerned with premature aging and vitality of the skin and tissues!
How to take Canadian Pine Pollen powder? A little goes a long way! To be safe, most holistic practitioners recommend 1/2 tsp - 1 tsp per day. A higher dosage should not be taken unless specified otherwise by a professional to avoid the body getting accustomed to its bioactive components and creating unnecessary resistance. The most effective way to take the powder is to dissolve it in warm water and place it under the tongue to increase absorbability, but due to its naturally bitter taste, most people prefer to add it to something to veil the taste. Try my Pine Pollen Smoothie Bowl recipe below -- it's naturally sweet, antioxidant-rich, and refreshing for a warm spring day!
Pine Pollen Smoothie Bowl
Makes 1 serving
1 large frozen banana
3/4 cup of frozen blueberries
handful of frozen cauliflower (I steam and freeze my own)
handful of fresh spinach
1 1/4 cups almond mylk
1 tbsp hemp oil
optional toppings of your choice (I used pine pollen powder, shredded coconut, dried chamomile flowers, and a Tutti Frutti tea made of dried wild flowers and fruit )
- Place all ingredients, except toppings, in blender and blend until smooth. (I use a Vitamix Pro 750 series and blend for approx 1 minute on the smoothie setting)
- Adjust consistency to your liking by adding more almond mylk.
- Top with whatever your heart desires -- or just eat it plain!
- Enjoy immediately!
Are you excited to try out this delicious smoothie bowl? Make sure to share your creations on Instagram with the hashtag #holisticheels!
Peace, self-love, and kale,
Disclaimer: This post was created in partnership with Canadian Pine Pollen in order to share my love and knowledge for this product. Although this post is sponsored -- my opinions are always, and forever will be, my own.
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