Pine pollen powder, as the genetic material of Pinus, contains not only protein, fat, sugar and other general nutrients, but also more than 200 kinds of nutrients and bioactive substances such as vitamins, trace elements, flavonoids, enzymes, fatty acids and coenzymes.
【Botanical Source】: Pollen of Pinus massoniana or its allies. When the flower blooms from April to May each spring; male cones are picked, dried, pollen rubbed and impurities removed.
【Specification】: Cell wall cracked ratio>98%, protein>10%, 250 mesh
【Appearance】: Light yellow fine powder
【Packing】: 1kg,2kg,5kg/bag (packed in an aluminum foil bag outside; double-layer PE inside); 25kg/fiber drum.
【Brief】: Pine pollen (pollen pini), also known as pine flower and pine yellow, generally refers to the dry pollen produced by the stamens of Pinus massoniana, Pinus tabulaeformis, Pinus koraiensis, Pinus armandii and Pinus sylvestris var. mongolica. Firstly recorded in the New Materia Medica in Tang Dynasty. It is bright yellow or light yellow fine powder, with a sweet and moderate taste. It is traditionally used in many traditional Chinese foods, such as pine pollen cake, pine pollen dumplings and pine pollen liquor. Pine pollen, as the genetic material of Pinus, contains not only protein, fat, sugar and other general nutrients, but also more than 200 kinds of nutrients and bioactive substances such as vitamins, trace elements, flavonoids, enzymes, fatty acids and coenzymes.
【Distribution】: It is mainly collected and processed in Yunnan province, Zhejiang province, Liaoning province, and Jilin province in China.
【Character】: Dried pine pollen is light yellow fine powder with a light weight and is easy to lift up in the air, and it has a sense of smoothness when rubbed with fingers. Observed under a microscope, the pollen grains are elliptic, 45-55 μm long and 29-40 μm in diameter. The surface is smooth and it has an enlarged air sac on both sides. The wall of the air sac has obvious reticular texture and reticular polygon.
Pine pollen raw materials are selected from the scientific refined pollen of Pinus massoniana and Pinus tabulaeformis which are endemic species growing in China. Pine pollen is the spermatid of pine stamens, which is the source of life and is responsible for the reproduction of pine trees. There is an air sac on both sides of the olive-shaped cells. During each spring time through the whole April, the air sac inflates automatically and drifts with the wind. Local farmers will pick up manually the pine panicles when they turn from green to yellow. Pine pollen is rich in various nutrients and active substances. Just as pollen falls on the stamens of plants can make a qualitative leap in the life process of plants, pine pollen has a high health value for human body, too. Nature has created the miracle of pine trees with evergreen and immortal life for thousands of years and the source of life is its pollen as the sperm cell of pine trees. Pine pollen has been used as both medicine and food for more than a thousand years in China with many advantages, such as single pollen source, pure quality, stable composition, pesticide residues free, no animal hormones and so on. Meanwhile, it tastes better than any other plant pollen with a light fragrance of pine seed. All abovementioned features make it be crowned as “King of Pollen”.
• 100% Natural with no Contamination
Pine pollen is from the pollen of Pinus massoniana which is a native tree species growing in mountainous areas of 1100 – 1500 meters above sea level. Meanwhile, pine pollen is harvested manually compared with bee pollen. Therefore these factors make it gain such characteristics as single source, pure quality, stable composition, no pesticide residues and no animal hormones.
• Contains More than 200 Kinds Nutrition Substances
Pine pollen as the spermatid of pine trees, is the reproductive source for the tree growth. The Microelements Research Institute of Beijing 301 Hospital together with the Technical University of Munich, Germany (the most famous trace element research center in Europe) made a most scientific test of all the nutrient components of pine pollen and discovered that pine pollen contains all the nutrients needed by the body for longevity. And these nutrients include a variety of proteins, amino acids, minerals, acids and plum, nucleic acid, flavonoids, monosaccharides, polysaccharides and so on. Their total amount is more than 200 kinds, and the collocation is quite reasonable, which can comprehensively supplement and balance the nutrition needed by the human body. So far, pine pollen is regarded as the most natural, diverse, complete and well-collocated nutrition and health care products in the world.
• Above 99% absorptivity
Pine tree is one of the longest-lived tree species in the world. Its pollen contains genetic information and all nutrients for life, and these nutrients are all active. Through the Low Temperature Airflow Cracking Technology, the cell wall cracking rate of pine pollen can reach up to 99.6%. The active nutrients of pine pollen can be released completely and the pollen particle diameter is only 5 micrometers(μm) which is smaller than human cells’ as 7 micrometers(μm). This can ensure the pine pollen to be absorbed easily by human cells after enter the digestive system and help to transport the nutrition to other parts of human body in a short time.
Dosages of pine pollen powder varies for different using purpose, the forms of pine pollen products, and individual tolerance and health status. And the regular recommended dosage:
• 2 teaspoons pine pollen powder up to 3 times daily for general health-prepurposes;
• ½ dropper full of 1:4 pine pollen tincture between 1-3 times daily;
Different people may react differently to pine pollen supplement; some people may need a higher dose for a noticeable effect , while others may need less. To reduce the risk of side effects and gauge your individual tolerance; it is suggested to start using the pine pollen at the low end of its recommended dosing range. If there is no side effects have occurred after one week; you could increase the dose slowly as needed to experience a desired effect.
In phytochromes, bioflavonoids have a great amount in fruits and vegetables with colors.Pollen is the very part of the plant where pigments accumulate. Carotinoids and flavonoids are the most common plant pigments. Every 100g of pine pollen contains 29.26mg total flavonoids(rutin).
Flavonoid has a lot of functions such as lowering blood pressure, reducing lipidemia, preventing thrombosis, strengthening immunity, improving cardiovascular and cerebrovascular blood circulation, etc. Flavonoid, similar to vitamin C, is metabolized quickly, and evacuated by urine when it is in surplus.
As far as scientists are concerned, flavonoid is a newly discovered natural nutrient necessary for the body. The lack of flavonoid in the body will lead to cerebral dysfunction, inadequate cardiac function, blood vessel cirrhosis and brittleness. With small molecules it is easily absorbed by the body and enter fat tissues through blood barriers; hence, it has a general effect for many health conditions, such as anti-inflammation, anti-allergy and anti-tumor, restraining bacteria and virus, and preventing liver diseases and thrombosis.
Flavonoid should be taken consistently. With a fast metabolism it dose not accumulate in the body. Meanwhile, It has to be obtained from food, it can not be synthesized in the body.
The term of vitamin, meaning the element to preserve life, was first put forward by FUNK in 1912. Through constant researching, over 20 kinds of vitamins have been found out to be essential to the body. Vitamin can be divided into water-soluble vitamin (vitamin B family and vitamin C) and fat-soluble vitamin (vitamin A, β-carotene, vitamin D, vitamin E and vitamin K). Vitamin is an organic compound essential for maintaining the natural physiological functions of the body. They can not be synthesized in the body (or little is synthesized) and must be taken from the food. Each kind of vitamin has its own physiological function and can not be substituted. The body needs quite a small amount of them but they are absolutely indispensable.
The vitamins in the pine pollen exist in a biologically natural form in the cells, with full bioactivity and good absorptivity. They work together in the body. For example, vitamin A, C and E protect one another from being oxidized, and best effect will be obtained when they supplement each other; Vitamin B, B2 and B6 must be supplemented in the proportion of 1:1:1; Vitamin E and selenium supplement each other; Vitamin C can help the absorption of iron; Vitamin D helps the absorption of calcium. The absorption of the nutrients is a complicated process and more absorption does not mean better effect.
Minerals are the inorganic components in the body. It can be divided into constant-element and trace element according to the content of them in the body. Constant-elements in the pine pollen are: potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, phosphor, silicon, etc. Trace elements are: iron, zinc, selenium, manganese, molybdenum, etc. Each mineral in the body has its own physiological function. They can keep the acid-base balance in the body fluid. They are components and activators of many enzymes.
The minerals in the pine pollen exist in the natural plants in the form of naturally biological form, with the characteristics of good absorptivity and no toxic side effect. Meanwhile, some mineral elements in pine pollen work with vitamins to keep the balance of the micronutrients in the body.
Amino acid, whose physiological function is to synthesize protein, is the fundamental unit of protein, which is the physical basis for life. It can maintain the nitrogen equilibrium and is the raw material for different enzymes, antibodies and some hormones and can also regulate their physiological functions. It provides heat energy for the body, promotes growth, replenishes the metabolic consumption, and maintains the normal osmotic pressure of capillary. Amino acids can be divided into essential amino acid and non-essential amino acid according to their nutrient value.
Under proper condition, the body can synthesize some kinds of amino acid and eight kinds of them have to be provided by foodstuffs. The eight kinds of amino acid are essential to the body, so they are called essential amino acids which fulfill an important physiological functions on the body. These eight kinds of essential amino acid are: isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, tryptophan, threonine, phenylalanine and valine. Children also need histidine.
The body needs a certain amount of each essential amino acid and they can only be fully utilized with a corresponding proportional pattern. WHO has laid down the standard for that and the food whose proportion of the essential amino acids meets the standard is considered highly nutritious. Pine pollen is basically up to the standard.
Cellulose is a polysaccharide made with repeated glucose units bonded together and the major component of the plant’s cell wall. The cellulose in the pine pollen is the major component of inner and outer wall of pine pollen’s microspore. It is always attached to the lignin, semicellulose, pectin, etc., with the content up to 29%. The content of lignin is especially high, which is of great significance to the digestive function of the body.
In the past twenty years, after an in-depth research, medical experts and nutritionists have confirmed the nutrient value of dietary fiber and list it the seventh nutritious elements in the world. In recent years, FAO, U.S., Canada, Japan, China and other countries all have mentioned in authoritative works that dietary fiber is one of the essential nutrients for the balance of the diet structure. The effects of dietary fiber in pine pollen are:
(1) Preventing colonic cancer. Colonic cancer is caused by the long stay of certain excitants or poisons in the colon. If the content of the cellulose in the food is too low, the long-stay of harmful substances in intestines will poison the intestine wall. Gradually, it will induce colon cancer. In the case of a higher content of dietary fiber, the cellulose that enters the large intestine will be selectively decomposed and fermented by the inner cells and this accelerates the mass reproduction of beneficial bacteria (diplococcus and lactobacillus), meanwhile, it stimulates the intestine mucosa, quickens the excretion of feces and normalizes the intestine function.
(2) Preventing coronary heart disease. The dietary fiber is effective in preventing and improving heart disease caused by coronary arteriosclerosis. That’s because, the cellulose can restrain or postpone the absorption of cholesterol and glyceride in lymph by certain action. With normal diet, prevention and cure of coronary arteriosclerosis and heart disease can be achieved by the proper increase of the dietary fiber intake and decrease of the fat intake, which will reduce the level of cholesterol in the body.
(3) Regulating the blood sugar level of diabetics. Inadequate intake of the dietary fiber is one of the major causes for the high incidence of diabetes. The blood sugar level can be regulated by increasing the content of dietary fiber in the food, which will improve the sensitivity of ending tissues to the insulin.
(4) Bringing about the early feeling of repletion of the stomach, reduce foodstuff intake and prevent adiposity. It has a good effect on weight-losing for the obese.
(5) Reducing the intake of bile acid, change the speed of assimilation of food and the secretion amount of the digestive juice. It can prevent cholecystolithiasis, duodenitis, hemorrhoids, ulcerative colitis, large intestine cancer and other diseases.
Pine pollen with a high content of cellulose, is ideal health food for supplementing dietary fiber.
Enzymes, formerly called “ferments”, are complicated proteins with catalytic functions. Its catalytic capacity is regarded as the viability of enzymes. They are characterized by their high specificity. Nearly all the chemical changes of the organism take place under the catalysis of the enzymes. Enzymes have high catalytic efficiency, for one enzyme molecule catalyzes hundreds to millions of substrate molecules in one minute. Enzymes are usually named after their substrate or the characteristics of their functions. For example, amylase acts on the amylum, chymosin promotes the coagulation of milk, and glucose oxidase catalyzes the oxidation of glucose. Enzymes are also of great significance to the cure and diagnose of diseases, to the understanding of the nature of biological phenomenon as well as to the industrial and agricultural production.
Coenzymes are the small non-protein organic molecules essential for the catalysis of the enzymes. Most coenzymes are the derivatives of vitamins, for example, vitamin B12 participates in some physiological functions in the form of coenzyme.
Pine Pollen naturally contains nearly a hundred kinds of enzymes needed by the body. They can promote the peristalsis of stomach and intestines, whet the appetite, regulate the assimilating function of the body and promote digestion and absorption. It has a good repairing effect on the gastric ulcer, duodenitis, atrophic gastritis, etc. It can regulate the immune system and endocrine system of the body. Having various kinds of natural enzymes and coenzymes as its major component is the prominent feature of the pine pollen among other heath foods.
Pine Pollen contains 934 ug folic acid in each 100 grams serving. Folic acid, also named vitamin Bc or vitamin M, is one member of the vitamin B family. It exists widely in the green leaves of plants and in the liver or kidney of animals. The yeast also has a good content of it. Folic acid deficiency in the body will cause anemia of giant cells, accompanied by leukocytopenia, pathological changes of gastrointestinal track as well as the stagnation of growth. Recent research has shown that folic acid has more other physiological functions for the body and can prevent many diseases.
(1) The homocysteine in the blood is a metabolic product of methionine. It will cause plaques by damaging the endothelial cells of heart and blood vessels. The folic acid in the blood can convert the homocysteine into methionine. Sufficient folic acid in the body can prevent the production of homocysteine, which will lower the incidence of cardiovascular diseases.
(2) Folic acid deficiency of pregnant women will damage the key parts of the baby’s spine and cause malformation of the baby’s neural tube, which will lead to death or deformity of the baby. Therefore, it is essential for the pregnant women to supplement an appropriate amount of folic acid. The WTO suggests that each fertile woman should take 400ug folic acid each day.
Folic acid deficiency for women will cause a low level of folic acid in the blood, thus the genes of the cervical cells are easily damaged by the virus, increasing the incidence of cancer. Research has shown that women having a low level of folic acid are five times more likely to get cervical cancer than those with a normal level of folic acid. It is the same case with the rectum cancer.
Folic acid is mainly extracted from such foods as green leaves vegetable, orange and tangerine, soybean, carrot, meat, corn, milk, rhizome vegetables (e.g. potato), etc. But folic acid can’t endure light and heat. Most of it will be damaged when heated. Due to this factor, together with others such as malaborption, metabolic disorders, increase of excretion people have to take folic acid from other food.
Nucleic acids are the most important components of biological cells. They fall into two kinds: ribonucleic acid (RNA) and deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). The research of nearly 50 years shows that nucleic acids carry all the genetic information of a life. They exist in the chromosomes of nucleus, determine the biologic heredity, guide the protein synthesis, control the differentiation and growth of cells and provide cells with nutrition and energy. So it can be said that from birth to death, the whole process of the life is dominated and controlled by nucleic acids. They are the foundation of life. All the signs of aging, such as the degeneration of the skin, hair loss and graying hair, loss of physical strength, fatigue of the body, weakening of the brainpower, fall of the eyesight, are all caused by the inhibition of nucleic acid synthesis or the insufficient supply of nucleic acids, which consequently cause the discontinuous production of new cells. People should supplement nucleic acids constantly to postpone aging and stay young. Foods rich in nucleic acids are sardine, salmon, lobster, crab, living oyster, liver, marine fish and mollusk. Soybean, haricot bean, onion, yeast and other foods also contain nucleic acids and substances which can produce nucleic acids. Pine pollen powder contains 48.65mg nucleic acid in every 100 grams and is a natural source of nucleic acid.
Before we get to know SOD, we should first know about free radicals. Why will people get ill, age and die?Recent research in biological and medical field has shown that they are caused by free radicals, which are high-energy particles that ricochet wildly and damage cells. Free radicals can be produced by metabolism in the body or enters the body from outside. If the “garbage” and toxin in the blood can not be cleared away in time, they will produce free radicals. If the toxic substances from the outside enter the body through respiration or contact of skin, they will deposit to produce free radicals. Free radicals can destroy the cell membrane of the organism or even cut off the DNA chain, thereby quicken the aging of cells and reduce the immunologic function of the organism or even induce cancer. Now it is confirmed that semi-quinone free radical may cause lung cancer, lipid free radical may cause breast cancer, superoxide free radical does harm to all kinds of tissues. So free radical is called the cell-killer. Substances which can eliminate free radical are vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, coenzyme Q, glutathione, peroxidase, superoxide dismutase (SOD) and so on.
SOD is regarded as the most valuable substance to scavenge free radicals, inhibit cancer and aging, improve the immunity of the organism and control inflammation, etc. It was found by Mocord and Fnidovich in 1968. Superoxide dismutase is an enzyme directly involved in antioxidation process, whose components include zinc, copper, manganese and other trace elements. Pine pollen contains a large amount of antioxidant, such as vitamin E, vitamin B, β-carotene and trace elements, etc. All these can slow down peroxidization of lipid and protein in the body thereby fulfills the function of postponing aging. Regular intake of pine pollen can regain youth, eliminate the age pigment and prolong life.
Pharmacological experiment on the little white mouse has witnessed a remarkable increase of the bioactivity of the SOD in the mouse’s liver and a remarkable reduction of lipofuscin in the brain, heart and liver after a month of continuous intake of the pine pollen. In 2002, the scientific research group led by Professor Zhao Lin and Bao Jianfen from General Hospital of PLA carried out the experiments in Germany on the antioxidative capability of Pine Pollen with the ten systems for evaluating antioxygen capability. Many external model experimental systems show that Pine Pollen is a potent antioxidant and can prevent inflammation and lipid peroxidization. This experiment has achieved gratifying success and is thought highly by experts both at home and abroad.