Referred to as the happy chemical, serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamin) is known to contribute to overall happiness and wellbeing—and that’s why many choose to take natural serotonin antagonists. A person suffering from major depression, for example, likely has decreased serotonin levels and activity, which results in low energy, loss of interest in daily activities, and low self-esteem. Even IBS patients tend to worry about the chemical. Constipation and low serotonin are linked, which is made worse by reduced serotonin sensitivity in the rectal region.
The catuaba is a fast growing tree native to the forests of the Amazon. Its bark is traditionally used as an aphrodisiac by the Tupi tribe in Brazil. Also known as trichiliacatigua, its bark is used to create an infusion. This infusion is then drunk and its effects were said to be so effective that it inspired the creation of several songs in the indigenous Brazilian culture. However, we cannot just depend on cultural beliefs and traditional songs to determine its benefits. So, we did our research and here’s what we have found out about catuaba bark benefits.
It seems more and more people are talking about pine pollen benefits these days. Well, that’s to be expected since whenever there’s something that supposedly offers a variety of health benefits, people get excited about the possibilities that come with it. And, what we’ve found is quite surprising for something that is commonly found in North America but has not been used in Native American herbalism (though it’s been part of traditional Chinese medicine). Here are the most important and interesting benefits of pine pollen we’ve found: