Tanya Smith Acupuncturist Chinese Medicine Practitioner

A springtime walk in the woods can improve fertility!

pine-pollen-240x300Imagine, young shoots pushing up through soft, wet ground. Buds on trees swelling from bare branches. The sun beaming through the trees, bright but not yet warm. Birds chasing one another, in their noisy mating dance. Carnal sounds of deer rutting, just out of sight. The fertility of spring is unmistakable, all of life showing off in it’s aliveness.

As you walk, a fine yellow powder drifts down, seemingly from the heavens and covers everything in a yellow film. The yellow powder is pine pollen, released only in the spring from pine trees, one of the ways the pine trees give back to the plants and animals around it that support it’s life. With it’s androgenic properties, pine pollen increases the fertility of the entire ecosystem under its branches.

Nature is so perfect in her design.

Back in the lab, science tells us that pine pollen is a superfood. It’s nutrient profile is off the charts, full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Of course it varies by species, but in general pine pollen contains:

Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B6, C, D2 and D3, E, Folic Acid

Minerals: potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, manganese, copper, zinc, selenium

Over 20 Amino acids (incl. all 8+ essential): alanine, aminoacetic acid, arginine, asparagic acid, aspartic acid, cysteine, glutamic acid, glycin, histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, merionin, ethionine, phenylalanie, proline, serine, threonine, tryptophan, tyrosine, valine

One of the amino acids I want to highlight is arginine which improves fertility in both men and women. In the body, the amino acid arginine changes into nitric oxide (NO). Nitric oxide is a powerful neurotransmitter that helps blood vessels relax and also improves circulation. Improved blood flow to the ovaries, uterus and genitals helps with egg development, lining thickness and sexual arousal. In the same way, improved blood flow to the testes can improve sperm count and quality.

It also contains l-dopa, the precursor to dopamine, which has been studied to help women have orgasm. Sexy springtime!

One of the struggles in our modern environment is the prevalence of xenoestrogens, or estrogen mimicking substances from plastics, chemicals and medications that mess with fertility. Men and women are equally exposed to these xenoestrogens and fertility of both men and women is negatively affected. Balancing the estrogen with androgens can help restore reproductive health.

So go for a walk in the woods this spring and breathe deeply!

Of course, you can also get this goodness in a bottle! I trust Surthrival when I order pine pollen for my clients. (That sounded like such a cheesy plug, but I really do trust these guys and their commitment to high quality!)

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