Pine Pollen and Testosterone: Nature’s Own Androgen

By Ali Kuoppala | Last reviewed Tue 25 September 2018

Medical Review by Gerardo Sison, PharmD

Pine Pollen is one of my favorite testosterone supplements out there. Even though it’s not even proven in human science yet.

It might sound weird that I, as a guy who likes to state everything with scientific evidence, would be a big-time fan for a compound that wasn’t even proven in science yet.

But this article should explain my enthusiasm towards the magnificent pine pollen:

Pine Pollen is Filled with Actual Male Hormones

pine pollen and testosterone levelsThere are not that many plants in the world that we know of which would have actual male hormones in them.

However, pine pollen has those. It has actual testosterone, not a mimetic or anything, but the actual androgenic hormone that’s in our bloodstream naturally.

The Pinus Sylverstis variete for example contains: 80 ng/g of testosterone, 110 ng/g of epitestosterone, and 590 ng/g androstenedione (source).

Pine pollen is also a complete protein with 22 amino acids. Containing more than 100 enzymes, and more than 15 vitamins and 30 minerals, along with all the essential fatty acids. It’s also the richest known source for testosterone boosting plant sterols and brassinosteroids.

But let’s get back to those androgens and how they can boost testosterone levels:

Some people claim that there’s not enough testosterone or other androgens in pine pollen that they would make any noticeable differences in the body. However if one gram of pine pollen contains 80 nanograms of testosterone, then 100 grams of the stuff would contain roughly 8,000 ng of the actual hormone.

An average man has somewhere around 500 ng’s of testosterone per deciliter of blood, out of which around 5-20 ng’s is free testosterone that isn’t bound to either SHBG or albumin. (the testosterone in pollen is not bound to proteins either).

Given that an average male also has around 5 liters of blood, which translates into 50 deciliters, means that an average guy with average testosterone would have around 250-1,000 ng’s of unbound testosterone in him (or 25,000-100,00 ng total)

Suddenly the fact that 100 gram’s of pine pollen contains 8,000 ng’s of actual testosterone doesn’t seem so small anymore.

But ain’t some of that testosterone going to be destroyed in the gut before reaching the bloodstream?

Answer: Yes, if you eat pine pollen powder orally, most of the androgens will not make it into the bloodstream due to the fact that the sensitive molecules will be destroyed in our digestive track.

And that’s precisely why I use – and make my own – pine pollen tinctures:

When the powder and the active androgens are dissolved into the carrier agent (I use 40% vodka) you can simply take few drops of the tincture in your mouth, and wait few minutes until the tincture penetrates into the bloodstream through the thin mucus membranes of the mouth.

(Mucus membranes in the mouth are extremely easily permeable by hormones.

The occurrence was witnessed in this study where the researchers found out that the actual act of kissing is an evolutionary mechanism where the male sends testosterone via spit into the women’s mouth which then is absorbed through the mucous membranes into the bloodstream where it increases her likelihood for mating behavior).

So basically when you take pine pollen as a tincture and let it absorb through the mucous membranes into the bloodstream, you’re literally getting a hefty amount of those androgens right into the blood and they don’t have to go through the harsh conditions of the digestive tract. At least that’s the theory, as there’s not any human or animal research yer to prove anything.

That, in short, is why I use pine pollen tinctures and why I see pine pollen as the strongest natural testosterone booster, even though there are no scientific studies that would validate my claims.


Pine pollen contains actual testosterone, and even though the amount may seem miniscule on the paper, it’s not when you compare it to the actual amount of androgens in the human blood.

Not only is pine pollen high in androgens, but it’s also a great source for bio-active protein (25%) and has a total of more than 15 vitamins and 30 minerals, along with all the essential fatty acids.

So it’s a superfood with actual hormones in it.

Like I said above, I’m a firm believer in the fact that pine pollen should be consumed in a tincture form.

And if I’m not making my own tincture’s, I’m using this one from Surthrival.

Ali Kuoppala

Ali Kuoppala is the founder of Anabolic Men. He has authored and co-authored multiple men's health books and focuses on uncovering the methods of optimizing hormonal health. To date, his articles on various websites have been read more than 15-million times. To read more about Ali, visit his Medium article.