Pine’s testosterone-fuelled potential

Published date11 August 2022
Publication titleKatikati Advertiser
Carl Meyer Ltd, trading under the name Bio Gold, has received $288,500 in Government funding through the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund (SFF Futures) to lay the foundations for a pine pollen industry in New Zealand

“Pine pollen has been consumed for health and wellbeing in China, South Korea and Japan for more than 3000 years,” Bio Gold founder Carl Meyer said. “It’s been found to contain a naturally occurring testosterone, and, lately, there’s been a new wave of interest from the natural health industry in the US and Canada.”

Common reasons for taking pine pollen as a dietary supplement include supporting energy levels, hormonal balance, immune function, and overall wellbeing.

“We’ve furthered our research and development work for the past 18 months with the help of SFF Futures funding to understand how the biochemistry of New Zealand pine pollen differs in relation to factors such as species, genetics, location, and more,” Meyer said. “We’ve also compared our pollen to that from overseas — and it’s looking very promising.”

Pine pollen is the fine yellow powder released by pine trees every spring. The powder is produced inside the catkin (male flowers) of pine trees.

“We’ve spent years working out which specific type of Pinus radiata yields the best pollen — it’s not a matter of using any old pine tree,” Meyer said. “It’s very complex, and you’ve got to really know what you’re doing. Safety and quality are our top priorities.”

Meyer said the final product was expensive because the seasonal window for...

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