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Deer Antler Velvet Benefits

The surprising benefits of deer antler velvet

Harvested largely in New Zealand, deer antler velvet is produced from growing deer antlers during a stage when they’re covered with velvety hair.[1] Deer antler velvet was recently thrust into the spotlight after being dropped from the World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned substance list.[2]

As deer velvet continues to be studied, more benefits will likely emerge. For now, here’s everything you need to know about what deer velvet antler has to offer.

Benefits of Deer Antler Velvet

Pharmacological Benefits

Over the years, traditional Chinese medicine has utilized deer antler to treat myriad diseases including children’s mumps, malignant sores, uterine fibroids, mastitis, and mammary hyperplasia.[3]

Deer antler is also determined to have a large effect on the immune system, “The injection and polypeptides of deer antler base could affect the phagocytic ability of macrophages and regulate immune function.[3]

A summary looking at a series of in vivo studies showed deer antler possesses beneficial effects on breast cancer.[3]

Additionally, research demonstrates collagens and proteins of deer antler are major anti-fatigue substances.[3]

Deer antler further provides anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties thanks to its polypeptides and proteins.[3] Deer antler supports overall health and well-being through collagens and proteins which stimulate the endocrine system.[3]

Other pharmacological benefits from using deer antler include anti-osteoporosis, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-stress anti-oxidation effect.[3]

Deer Antler Velvet Benefits

Ergogenic Benefits

The improvements in athletic performance from deer antler velvet are attributed to the IGF-1 growth factors it contains.[5]

IGF-1 has a powerful growth hormone stimulating effect and a synergistic effect, which possibly optimizes growth hormone.[6]

IGF-1 also jump starts muscle growth by binding to receptors on muscle cells and increasing protein synthesis.[7] When IGF-1 binds to receptors it also decreases muscle protein breakdown.[7]

Higher growth hormone levels are associated with increased muscle mass, anti-aging, and decreased body fat.[8]

Anecdotal Deer Antler Benefits

Williams is just one of the many athletes who have spoken out recently to advocate for deer antler’s effectiveness.

“I use the spray all the time. Two to three times a day. My body felt good after using it. I did feel a difference.”[4]–NFL Safety Roy Williams

A public information site set up for deer antler describes several anecdotal deer antler benefits. While not all clinically validated by studies, these anecdotal benefits include improved muscle recovery after exercise, enhanced sexual functioning, and vitality and anti-aging properties for seniors.[9]

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