Pines are evergreen, coniferous resinous trees from the northern hemisphere. They are grown for their wood and also for ornamental purposes in gardens. Pine trees live for as long as 100 to 1000 years. Most pine species have the male and female cones on the same tree. The small male cones appear in spring and fall after shedding the pollen. The male pine cone has a structure that has microsporangia. Each pollen grain has a four-celled structure that can easily be dispersed by the wind till it comes in contact with a female cone for pollination. The female cones take 1.5 to 3 years to mature. You will find each cone has a lot of spirally arranged scales. Each fertile scale of the pine cone has two seeds. The seeds are small and they are dispersed by wind or by birds.
Pollen is associated with the male reproductive microspores of seed-producing plants. Pine pollen is also called pinus pollen. The pollen fertilizes the female reproductive organs of the pine plant. Thus, it sets in motion the beginning of a new pine tree. Pine pollen is the brownish powder obtained from the male flowers of any of the over 100 varieties of pine trees across the world. Pines flower from late spring until early summer. The pollen is sun-dried, inspected for impurities, separated from other unwanted flower parts and made ready for commercial distribution. Pine pollen is generally collected from a small number of pine tree varieties.
Pine pollen contains many natural nutrients. It contains water, proteins, amino acids, lipids, carbohydrates, sugars, flavonoids, and traces of vitamins and sterols. It is useful in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and medicinal products. It is used for making skin care products, like hand and face lotions and creams. Furthermore, it’s frequently used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat coughing blood, nosebleed, bloody diarrhea, diaper rash, dysmenorrhea, painful urination, rheumatism, constipation, eczema, and mouth sores. Pine pollen is also used for its diuretic properties.
Pine pollen is supposed to have many properties which directly affect health and wellness. Among its other benefits claimed are:
- Promotion of longevity as it has anti-aging compounds.
- Dramatic improvement in vitality and stamina.
- Raising of low testosterone in men.
- Increasing male fertility by raising sperm count.
- Combating and reversing the effects of andropause.
- Balancing the estrogen to testosterone ratio in women and men.
- Prevention of prostate disease.
- Promotion of liver cell activity aiding in liver detoxification and rehabilitation.
- Regulation of metabolism.
- Increasing energy unlike any other food or supplement can.
- Improvement in muscle tone.
- Elimination of sexual dysfunction due to low androgen levels.
- Aid in weight management and promotion of weight loss.
- Improvement in overall health, greatly promoting the immune function.
- Easier and quicker time getting back into shape.
- Increasing attention span and brain function;
- Improvement in skin elasticity.
- Clearing of acne.
- Dissolution of age spots on the skin.