Deer antler velvet is a name that’s used to describe the antler velvet harvested from the antlers of growing deer, moose, caribou and elk. The antlers are removed from the animal before they solidify into solid bone, and the velvet is harvested with no harm coming to the animal. Deer antler also contains calcium, magnesium, zinc, and a full spectrum of amino acids and anti-inflammatory prostaglandins. Most deer antler velvet sold as a dietary supplement comes from Korea or Australia.
Made from male deer antlers during the stage when the antlers are covered in soft fuzz, the unproven performance enhancer is often used by athletes who believe it helps heal cartilage and tendon injuries more quickly and boosts strength and endurance. There are no reports of overdose due to taking too much Deer Antler Extract but there are also precautions too.
WHAT DOES IT DO?
Deer antler velvet has been used in China for over 2,000 years as a medicinal treatment for numerous minor conditions and ailments.
The effects of deer antler velvet on health will depend on the animal from which it was taken (deer, caribou, moose or elk) and the diet of the animal.
And, while scientific studies on deer antler velvet are scarce, deer antler velvet has been used by traditional Chinese medicine as a treatment for infertility, joint inflammation, and hypertension.
In addition, traditional medicine has used deer antler velvet to improve mental alertness and memory, boost immune system function, speed wound healing and recovery, slow aging, balance iron levels, improve libido in both sexes, and restore joint health.
Modern scientific research indicates that deer antler velvet may have beneficial effects related to
- improvement in general health
- increase in blood supply and circulation
- reduction of blood pressure
- increase in energy levels and endurance
- increase in muscular development and strength
- improvement in flexibility and joint mobility
- increase in muscle recovery
- prevention and reduction of inflammation
- improvement in sexual health
- development of the skeletal system
- stimulation of the immune system function
- improvement in mental health
- anti aging effects
Russian bodybuilders have claimed to benefit from deer antler velvet by increasing muscle and nerve strength in the late 1960’s. Earlier studies found similar results in laboratory animals and athletes given pantocrin, an extract of deer antler velvet. Several studies show a positive correlation between consistent use of deer antler velvet and cardiovascular health. Human subjects who used deer antler velvet were able to endure larger workloads and experienced a shorter recovery time between exercises.
In clinical studies conducted by Tanejeva in 1969, the test subjects were placed on a stationary bicycle and their work rate was measured. One half of the men were given Pantocrin and the other half was given a placebo. The group that received deer antler velvet extract showed a greater increase in the total work achieved.
Tanejeva also tested the effect of deer antler velvet in athletes running three kilometre races. In the experiment, 50 men ran the distance and their completion time was recorded. Deer antler velvet extract was administered to half of the runners and the participants repeated the race. The group receiving the Pantocrin completed the subsequent race in a faster average time.