Pine Pollen - The Mineral Composition Of Pine Pollen

Modern agricultural techniques drain the topsoil of important minerals, which directly translates to decreased levels of minerals in food. This is true in both conventional agriculture and in organic agriculture, and the charts comparing the mineral composition of common vegetables over the past 60 years or so are truly shocking and horrifying. The British Food Journal published a study using data from 1930 to 1980, and found

declining levels of minerals in the 20 different vegetables they analyzed. Of these, the average calcium content declined 19%, the average iron content declined 22%, and the average potassium content declined 14%.* Many similar studies have been done noting the similar declining trends, both in fruits and vegetables and with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. 

Minerals are vital to health, they cannot be synthesized by the body and are thus essential (they must be consumed), and normal daily metabolism creates a loss of minerals, so daily consumption of minerals is necessary. Minerals are required for a multitude of processes in the body, including the growth, repair, and maintenance of bones, for hormone production, and in regulating the heartbeat.* Minerals also promote healthy reproductive and sex health in both men and women.* 

The following table provides a list of 12 of the most important minerals (but not all of the minerals) that have been identified in Pine Pollen. The table also provides the levels of those minerals as found in 65 grams, and then provides a brief, nonexclusive overview of the role of the listed mineral.

Mineral Content Present In Pine Pollen And Select Physiological Role

Macroelements: Mineral Mg/65gm Physiological Role

Calcium 52.39 Major mineral of bones and teeth, particular interests to pregnant women and developing children.*

Magnesium 71.7 Major mineral of bones and teeth, particular interests to pregnant women and developing children. A co-factor for enzymes.* 

Phosphorus 141.9 Major mineral of bones and brain, the backbone of DNA and cell membranes, helps balance acids in the body, and assists with the metabolism of sugars, fats, and proteins.*

Potassium 83.4 Helps regulate skeletal and cardiac muscle tissue.*

Microelements Silicon 130.7 Assists the formation of bone, cartilage, connective tissue, and skin.*

Sodium 6.8 Most importantly, balances fluids in the body and plays an essential role in nerve transmission (action potential).* 

Copper 0.26 Promotes cardiovascular health, has anti-cancer properties, may promote resistance to radiation, important is reproductive health in men

(particularly in erections).*

Iron 15.73 Essential for oxygen transport and storage.*

Manganese 5.7 Metabolism, absorption of protein, promote bone repair.* 

Molybdenum <0.01 Promotes healthy grown, heart function, and may help prevent certain cancers.*Selenium 0.002 Documented to promote cancer prevention.*

Zinc 2.15 A co-element for over 200 different enzymes, important for proper absorption and utilization of foods, promotes sperm health, promotes immune system health, may have anti-cancer and anti-aging properties.*