Deer Antler Velvet
Deer Antler Velvet is said to be the best source of IGF-1. This article explores exactly what that is and why there is such a growing interest in this product.
What is Deer Velvet?
Deer antler velvet is the epidermis covering the inner structure of the growing bone and cartilage, which develops into antlers. Deer antlers are the only bone structures in mamals to regenerate completely every year.
The first documented evidence that deer antler velvet was used as a medicine was found on a scroll from a tomb in Hunan China dating back 2000 years. The use of antler dates back to the Han Dynasty from 206 BC to 220 AD. In a 16th century medical text, Pen Ts'ao Kang Mu lists several antler preparations including pills, tinctures, and ointments. In Chinese medicine, antler velvet has been used for over 2000 years as a tonic, to reduce swelling, improve bone health, nourish the blood, and to treat impotence.
Source: Church JS. Velvet Antler: Its Historical Medical Use, Performance Enhancing Effects and Pharmacology. Elk Tech International Research Centre, Calgary, Canada; 1999.
Moderm Uses of Deer Antler Velvet
In 1999, the use of antler velvet was scientifically supported by clinical research in compliance with FDA regulations for its beneficial effects in treating arthritis. Empirical evidence also suggests several other therapeutically valuable actions including stimulation of the immune system, protective, anti-aging, and rejuvenating effects, and beneficial effects on blood and circulation.
Source: Goss RJ. Future directions in antler research. Anat Rec . 1995;241:291-302.
In Chinese medicine, deer antler velvet is used to treat impotence, female disorders, urinary problems, skin ailments, and joint weakness. It is also employed as a tonic in children with learning disabilities or insufficient growth.
Source: Kamen B. Red Deer Antler Velvet: Growth Hormone Connection, and More. Health Sciences Institute; 1998;2:1-2.
Koreans use antler velvet to treat anemia and impotence and to stimulate the immune system, treat impotence, improve heart function, muscle tone, lung efficiency, and nerve function.
Source: Gray CM, Taylor ML, Horton MA, Loudon ASI, Arnett TR. Studies with cells derived from growing deer antler. J Endocrinol . 1989;123:91.
The effects of antler velvet on cell growth and repair have been investigated in several areas. Antler regeneration not only involves bone, but nerve tissue as well, which can grow up to 1 cm/day, an exceptional rate of growth.
What are the ingredients?
The following substances have been identified in the chemistry of deer antler velvet.
- 1,25-dihydroxy-vitamin D precursors
- Amino acids (glycine, proline, glutamic acid)
- Fat-soluble lipids
- Fatty acids
- Other anti-inflammatory substances
- Prostaglandins A, E, and F
- Sex hormones
- Trace elements
- Uronic acid
- Vitamin A
- Insulin-like growth factors (IGF-1 and IGF-2)
The most important ingredient is the insulin-like growth factor or IGF. These growth factors increase the rate of cell division, suggesting a possible role in cell regeneration and repair processes in humans. In chickens the administration of antler velvet increased both their growth rate and test weights.
Source: Goss RJ. Future directions in antler research. 1995;241:291-302.
Contraindications have not yet been identified.
Information regarding safety and efficacy in pregnancy and lactation has not been established.
Deer Antler Velvet Interactions
One possible interaction of deer antler velvet antler has been reported with morphine. Deer antler velvet has inhibited the development of tolerance to repeated doses of morphine in mice. This suggests that it may even be useful for prevention and therapy of the adverse actions of morphine.
Although several websites mention a possibility of chronic wasting disease (CWD) being present in antler products, the CDC has not found a relationship between CWD or any other neurological disease that affects humans with the use of deer antler velvet.
Toxicity studies of deer antler velvet in rats demonstrated no mortality or adverse events on a short term basis (14 days). A 90-day study also found no observable, significant adverse effects, except for a minor change in liver weight.
Source: Allen M, Oberle K, Grace M, Russell A. Elk velvet antler in rheumatoid arthritis: phase II trial. Biol Res Nurs . 2002 Jan;3(3):111-118.
Verified Claims of Deer Antler Velvet
- Improve wound healing
- Stimulation of body tissue/cell growth
- Enhance performance of athletes
- Increase muscle and nerve strength
- Reduced liver damage in mice
- Pretreatment in rats reduced cell degradation and improved recovery times from extreme temperature.
- Pantocrine (deer velvet preparation) increased the survival rate of mice exposed to radiation.
- Extracts of deer antler velvet have reduced tumor cell growth
- Enhancement of immune function
- Stimulate red blood cell synthesis in induced anemia in laboratory animals
- Increase neutrophil levels in mice, improving their ability to resist injury and disease.
- Reduce symptoms of rheumatoid and osteoarthritis
- Anti-inflammatory effects, reduce swelling in injury, infection, pain, and arthritis.
- Cholesterol reduction
- Circulation improvement
- Reduction of blood clotting
- Sexual enhancement
- Anti-aging effects
- Acceleration of the body's natural restorative processes
IGF-1 is released by the liver in response to HGH released by the pituitary gland. It works synergistically with HGH, and actually remains in the body longer than HGH. Deer antler velvet has shown dramatic effects among elite level athletes, so much that it has actually been banned by some sports organizations. It remains a safe and legal supplement to use without a prescription, and AntlerX IGF-1 Spray contains more deer antler velvet than any other similar supplement on the market today.
HGH and IGF-1 supplements can be used together for an even greater effect than either can produce alone.
Common Names: Deer velvet, velvet antler, Cornu cervi parvum, antler velvet, and lu rong (hairy young horn).