Pine pollen powder contains not only genetic information of life, but also all nutrients needed for longevity of human life, and it contains more than 200 kinds of substances with special effects that can work on human physiological functions.
【Plant Origin】: Pinus massoniana Lamb.
【Specification】: Shell broken ratio>98%, protein>10%, 250 mesh
【Appearance】: Light yellow fine powder
Loss on Drying: <9%
Pesticides Residues <1ppm
Total Plate Count <1000cfu/g
Yeast & Mould <100cfu/g
【Shelf life】: 2 years when properly stored in cool & dry place. Keep away from strong light and heat.
【Package】: 1kg,2kg,5kg/bag (packed in an aluminum foil bag outside; double-layer PE inside); 25kg/fiber drum.
Shell broken pine pollen powder is processed with the wild-crafted pollen of Pinus Massoniana Lamb. Pinus Massoniana Lamb is a unique indigenous species of pine tree in China, which enjoys an exceptional advantage in terms of resource availability. The areas in which it mostly grows range from Huai River and Tsinling Mountains in the north, to southern parts of Guangdong and Guangxi provinces in the south, southeast coastline and Taiwan in the east, and central parts of Guizhou and Sichuan provinces in the west, covering 17 provinces. It can be found in more than a half part of China, with the total resource in the area south to Huai River and Tsinling Mountains alone exceeding 20,000,000 hectares. Pinus Massoniana Lamb blooms around mid-April every year. Each male cone produces about 157 , 600 pollen particles. Each panicle produces 0.61g pollen on average,each square meter of tree crown 90.68g , and each hectare of plantation 755.7kg. Therefore, it is estimated that the annual yield of pollen from it alone could exceed 1 , 500,000 tons in China.
There are two sources for our pine pollen raw material; one is harvested from Qiandao Lake/Thousand-island Lake in Zhejiang province of China, and the other source is from Yunnan Province in Southwestern China. Pine pollen harvested in Qiandao Lake are from hill areas at altitude below 1500m. There is few people reside and it is far from various sources of industrial and agriculturalcontamination. Qiandao Lake covers an area of 580 square kilometers and 94.7% of the area is pine forest. High air quality and naturally pure water make it rank as a National Water Resources Protection Zone and a National 5A Scenery Site.
Yunnan Province in Southwestern China covers an area about 152,000 sq miles; and there are a lot of pine trees gorwn in these mountain ranges and river valleys. This part of Yunnan belongs to the Tibet Autonomous Zone and is the foot of the eastern most edge of the Himalayan Mountains. The Yunnan Province is home to the richest plant life of all of China and has been a top destination for many naturalists from the US and Europe because of its natural beauty and diverse plant and animal life. Because of the geographic isolation and the geographic nature of the northwestern area of Yunnan, the forest where our pine pollen is harvested from is far from industry contamination.
1. Air-drying: As the raw material of heath care products and health food; the threshing site of pine panicles should be clean and dry. Pine panicles are naturally dried in the air and 1 square meter site could air about 15-20 kg of panicles. The harvested panicles are spread evenly on the plastic film. And the suggested thickness for air-drying is 10-20 cm or they could mildew easily. With sufficient light, natural ventilation and dehumidification, pine pollen could be scattered from the panicles in about three days.2. Rough sieving: The scattered pollen will be sieved with 60-80 mesh vibrating screen to get rid of impurities like panicles and pine needles.3. Pine pollen dehumidification: The pine pollen contains 15-25% moisture which makes it easy to mildew and acidify; so it needs to be dehumidified in time. Spread the crude pine pollen on plastic films in a greenhouse with the thickness about 5 centimeters where it could receive the sunlight and stir at a regular time to get rid of the moisture. 4. Scientific Storage: The raw pine pollen powder will be packed into 25 kilograms with double layers’food-grade non-toxic polyethylene plastic bags, tighten the bag mouth and store it temporarily in a cool and dry warehouse. And the raw pine pollen will be processed to cell cracked pine pollen powder per each order.
1. Raw pine pollen Collection: Farmers pick up the Ripe Pine Pollen Panicles from the pine treesby hand.
2. Remove the impurities(sand,dust or spore bud) by Airflow Separation technology by using the theory of goods with different weights will fall down at different distance.
3. Breaking the cell wall by Airflow Cell Wall Cracking Machine/Vibrating Cell Wall Cracking Machine
Airflow cell wall cracking machine consists of air supply unit, feeding unit, grinding unit, powder grading unit and powder collecting unit. When the raw pine pollen is fed from the feeding mouth and mixed with the fresh compressed air from the air supply unit, the supersonic airflow generated by the ejector will makes the raw pine pollen granules/particles crash with each other and the cell wall will be damaged during this process. After the pine pollen granules/particles having reached the required fineness, they will be released by the grading unit on the top of the machine and are collected and packed by the powder collecting unit at the bottom of the machine.
Vibrating Cell Wall Cracking Machine: The raw pine pollen is fed into the crushing chamber through a hopper and crushed through crashing and grinding with grinding bar inside the chamber under the effect of vibration. And the machine is equipped with water cooling unit to control the temperature inside the crushing chamber. In addition, the machine is operated under full close conditions without dust flying and environmental pollution.
4. Pass through 250 mesh sieve to ensure the particle size of final pine pollen to be 95% pass 250 mesh sieve.
5.Sterilization: Microwave sterilization/ High Temperature & High Pressure in short time (5-10 seconds). Microwave sterilization machine could avoid high temperature inactive the ingredients in pine pollen powder, since some active ingredients in pine pollen powder may loose their bioactivity at above 40 degree celsius. Compared with microwave sterilization, High Temperature & High Pressure in short time (5-10 seconds) could avoid microwave contact but it may cause some loss on nutrients.
6.Detection of physicochemical index
Conduct the in-house test on the heavy metals content and total plate count to ensure the final product is confront with data stipulated in Pharmacopoeia.
7. Packing&Warehousing: Pack the products in double food-grade plastic bags inside and fiber-drum outside in 25kg per drum and store the packed pine pollen in cool&dry warehouse where is away from direct sunlight and heat.
Q: Does pine pollen contain any impurities? If yes, how are they been eliminated?
Blooming pine pollen/catkins are completely exposed in the air under wild circumstance, it’s inevitable that dust/sand brought by wind and rain will adhere to pine pollen and will be mixed with pine pollen during collection. In addition, pine bark, pine bud,microsporophyll and partial sporangium may also be mixed in.
Above mentioned impurities are all need to be eliminated; and generally there are two ways as dry method and wet method. Dry method could eliminate the impurities by airflow separation technology due to different relative densities of pine pollen and impurities; while wet method is to separate impurities in clear water in the same theory.
Q: Will wet method to eliminate impurities affect the quality of pine pollen?
Steps of wet method is to put pine pollen into a jar that filled with clear water, and then pine pollen will float on the surface because its light weight and closed cell structure while dust/sand will sink to the bottom. Advantage of wet method is that dust/sand could be eliminated thoroughly. The disadvantages are as:1>Flowability/liquidity will be greatly reduced, 2> Characteristic smell of pine pollen is almost losing, 3> Taste of pine pollen will be lighten, 4>around 20% nutrition may be gone away. Therefore, dry method by airflow separation technology is a better choice to preserve originality of pine pollen.
Q: How to evaluate the quality of pine pollen?
Firstly, we could evaluate the quality from its appearance, whether the color of pine pollen powder is light yellow or maize-yellow. Pine pollen with an earthy yellow or other darker color means that this powder has been metamorphic/deteriorated or it has been stored with long period. Secondly, smell could be a reference to evaluate quality of pine pollen. Fresh and high quality pine pollen powder is with aroma/fragrance of pine tree, while musty smell or other sourish smell mean inferior quality. Taste could also be an indicator to evaluate the quality. Chewing of certain quantity pine pollen to see whether it carries a taste of bitterness or whether there is any impurities like sand. Without bitter taste but with impurities like sand suggest its poor quality.
Q: How to identify shell broken pine pollen from shell unbroken one?
Shell broken pine pollen powder is light yellow powder with a sense of satiny when entwisted with fingers, easy to lift in the air, and with great flowability. While shell unbroken pine pollen powder is with strong adhesion/stickiness and loses its flowability/fluidity. Shell unbroken pine pollen could float on the surface of water due to its complete closed cell/gasbag structure; however shell broken pine pollen powderwill sink to the bottom or suspend in the water because its closed cell/gasbag structure has been broken.
Q: Why cell wall cracked pine pollen need to be stored in a sealed container?
1> Preventing pine pollen powder from caking after absorbing moisture because it owns strong assembly effect and water-absorbing quality after the cell wall is cracked; 2> Preventing pine pollen from growing insects because rich nutrition is easy to attract some insects to breed in a short time after the cell wall is cracked. 3> Preventing some nutrition losing activity because of oxidation; for example enzymes,unsaturated fattyacid and other components is easy to be oxidizded thus losing activity.
Q: What is suggested dosage for pine pollen?
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.
Q: When is the best time to take pine pollen in a day?
Based on long-term observation and statistics of pine pollen users, the best time suggested is before breakfast and sleep in a day which could ensure the best absorption effect. Some people may feel discomfort in stomach when take pine pollen before the breakfast, it’s suggested to take it after breakfast to start with and then before the breakfast gradually.
Q: Are there any precautions to take pine pollen?
1> Since pine pollen is a natural nutrition supplement rather than any synthetic product, it won’t show effect in a short period thus it’s very important to stick with it.
2> Take pine pollen on an empty stomach no matter it’s before the breakfast or sleep, 30 minutes before is suggested.
3> The best temperature of hot water to mix with pine pollen is 40 degree centigrade which won’t harm the vitamins and active enzymes contained in pine pollen.
4> The best storage condition for pine pollen is suggested in a cool dry place; and it’s suggested to stored in refrigerator after opening the package.
Q: Is there any limitation on course of treatment to take pine pollen?
Pine pollen carries more than 200 kinds beneficial nutrition with a balanced proportion which are different from any synthetic products, and most of them are necessary for metabolism but human can’t produce themselves and need to obtain from out source. Meanwhile, pine pollen is safe for different ages. Therefore, pine pollen could be a long-term natural nutrition supplement without any limitation.
Q: Whether external use of pine pollen requires break the shell?
It depends, cosmetic application always require cracking the cell wall for a more direct action of nutrition on skin; while it’s not necessary to break the cell of pine pollen is used to stop bleeding on wound or as a talcum powder.
Q: Whether pine pollen could be taken together with honey?
The answer is yes, especially mixing pine pollen in water. Honey will be a great taste blender to weaken the bitterness or characteristic taste of pine pollen for some people. One thing to be noted is that the water temperature is suggested to be less than 40 centigrade, or most nutrition of honey will be destroyed.
Q: Will pine pollen trigger sexual precocity of children?
Since most pollen as the generative cell of plant carries high content of sex hormone, some people worry about pine pollen may lead to sexual precocity if children intake of pine pollen. However there are experiments found that sex hormone contained in pine pollen is similar to quantity in milk and other daily foods which won’t cause sexual precocity of children. Most importantly, pine pollen is different from other bee source pollens since it’s collected by manpower thus contains no animal hormone which makes itself much more secure.
Q: Will pine pollen cause any allergic reaction?
There are not too many types of pollens could cause allergy, and those which cause allergy will exert on human via respiratory tract or eyes; which means intake of pine pollen through esophagus will get small chance for allergic reactions. Up to now, there is no sensitization source being found in pine pollen. However for cautiousness, it’s suggested to start with a small dose for allergy sufferers and then increase the dosage if no negative reaction found.
Q: What are the differences of allergic reaction and healing crisis?
An allergy is a hypersensitivity disorder of the immune system. Symptoms include red eyes, itchiness, and runny nose, eczema, hives, or an asthma attack. Allergic reactions occur when a person’s immune system reacts to normally harmless substances in the environment. Food allergies and reactions to the venom of stinging insects such as wasps and bees are more often associated with these severe reactions.
A healing crisis (also known as a cleansing reaction, a detox reaction and the Herxheimer reaction) is the body’s attempt to remove disease-causing situations that may later develop into serious health problems. It is often misunderstood as a relapse. This response by the body occurs during detox programs when it tries to eliminate toxins at a faster rate than they can be properly disposed of.
Q: What healing crisis may occur during consumption of pine pollen?
In the first several days or one to two weeks of intake of pine pollen, some people may have different
unpleasant symptoms and they may be panic and doubt the quality of pine pollen; however these symptoms are just healing crisis in stead. It’s no need to be panic when these symptoms occur but should figure out the actual problems. Symptoms of healing crisis could disappear soon when the body gets used to the new status. Below are some possible healing crisis symptoms as a reference:
|Diseases||Possible healing crisis|
|High blood pressure||Dizziness may last for a week.|
|Anemia||Light symptom of nosebleed which mostly happens to female.|
|Liver problems||Feel like vomiting; skin itches.|
|Liver cirrhosis||Blood clot or steak may occur in excrement.|
|Kidney problems||Puffiness of face or light feet edema.|
|Diabetes mellitus||Puffiness of hand or feet.|
|Stomach problems||Feel suffocated and fever in the chest; loss of appetite.|
|Gastric ulcer||Feel stuffy or pain in ulcerous part.|
|Gastroptosis||Feel uncomfortable in stomach or feel like vomiting.|
|Intestines problems||Diarrhoea at different levels.|
|Piles||Blood steak may occur in excrement.|
|Acne||Worse off at the beginning, but better off soon.|
|Chronic bronchitis||Symptoms like dried mouth, vomit and dizziness may occur.|
|Lung problems||Phlegm may be increased with a cream yellow color.|
|Nasosinusitis||Nasal mucus may be increased and become thick.|
|Skin allergy||Worse off in the beginning; symptoms may be improved several days later.|
|Neurosis||Even harder to fall asleep and more exciting than before|
|Rheumatalgia||Light pain will occur in affected part but will disappear several days later.|
|Uarthritis||General weakness or ache.|
|High uric acid||Muscular stiffness|
The shell broken pine pollen powder manufactured by TCM Adaptogen Warehouse Limited contains no known allergens:
Pine pollen is collected from Pinus massoniana Lamb., with a light yellow surface, and screened to remove impurities and broken the cell walls by pneumatic cracking method with a particle size of 250 mesh. And our pine pollen has been sterilized by using Microwave drying sterilizer. Your safety is our priority. We make sure that everything we do for you is as pure as possible:
• Our products are free of ALL common allergens (no wheat, gluten, dairy, casein, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, or eggs).
• Most of our products are yeast-free as well.
• We use only all natural ingredients that are non-GMO.
• We do not add anything artificial to our foods.
• All of our products are made in a gluten-free and nut-free facility.
• Our material suppliers are required to complete non-contamination certificates. If contamination in their plant is possible, they are required to follow best practice procedures (i.e. vigorous line cleaning, dust collection) as prevention.
• For extra assurance, we perform routine tests for gluten, peanuts and casein.
• All ingredients are stored in separate bins and have their own scoops.
• Equipment is cleaned thoroughly after product changes.
• Our Quality Department is dedicated to avoiding the opportunity for cross contamination of allergens. When manufacturing any of these products our Quality team ensures that our specific clean down procedures between product changeovers are implemented. These clean down procedures ensure that lines, equipment and all surfaces that are in contact with product are adequately cleaned down.
• All our employees understand the severity of food allergies and intolerances, and take all precautions possible to protect our customers.
• We have implemented a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point system to support this claim.