As pine pollen increases in its popularity, there will be more and more research on it. This study from Korea was looking at the effects of pine pollen extract on arthritis. Here is the abstract:
The effects of pine pollen extract (PE) on Freund’s complete adjuvant (FCA)-induced arthritis and collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) were investigated. The oral administration of PE (100 and 200 mg/kg per day) for 21 days after subcutaneous immunization with FCA, significantly reduced hindpaw swelling and the production of inflammatory cytokines (TNF-alpha, IL-1beta and IL-6) compared with the FCA-induced arthritis group. Treatment with the PE (100 mg/kg) also decreased the serum levels of LDL-cholesterol and increased HDL-cholesterol contents compared with those of the arthritis group. Since CIA is a model of some types of human autoimmune rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the study examined whether PE is efficacious against CIA in mice and investigated the possible antioxidant potential of PE on CIA. Arthritis in DBA/1J mice was induced by subcutaneous immunization with bovine type II collagen. PE (100 and 200 mg/kg) was orally administered once daily for 49 days after initial immunization with type II collagen. The arthritis score and paw edema were markedly suppressed in the groups treated with PE. Moreover, administration of PE (100 mg/kg) for 49 days reduced the serum levels of rheumatoid factor, anti-type II collagen antibody, TNF-alpha, IL-1beta, IL-6, protein carbonyl, advanced glycation endproducts, malondialdehyde and LDL-cholesterol compared with that of CIA mice. These results suggest that the pine pollen might be beneficial in the treatment of chronic inflammatory disorders. Get more details on the study here.
I’ve highlighted some of the important points, especially the last line.
Pine Pollen through its many functions seems to be something that could be helpful for arthritis sufferers. It’s hard to say what is in pine pollen that could be giving it this function. MSM, which is found in the pollen, has been found to be beneficial for those reasons.
Also found were the reductions of “bad” cholesterol and increase of the “good” kind. If you look at the list of benefits pine pollen may bring, you’ll see why we offer it here as our flagship product. It truly is a super herb and people are now only beginning to see it as such.