How Is Deer Velvet Antler Good For Your Health?

Deer velvet antler has been found to contain a variety of complex elements, including amino acids (almost half of its substance), enzymes, minerals, vitamins, fats (particularly nerve-protective lipids), male and female hormones and leuteinizing hormone, and a very potent growth-promoting hormone known as IFG-1 (insulin-like growth factor).

In addition, deer antler velvet is largely cartilage, whose many healthful components include chondroycytes, condroblasts, glucosamine, glycosaminoglycans, chondroitin sulfate A, and anti-inflammatory prostaglandins.

Researchers have concluded that cartilage contains powerful anti-inflammatory agents that assist in reducing the pain and inflammation from a variety of degenerative diseases, including arthritis and cardiovascular diseases.

Leuteinizing hormone (LH) is secreted by the pituitary gland and gives the signal for testosterone to be produced in the body. A 1986 Chinese animal study showed significant increases in LH after taking deer antler velvet. A Japanese animal research study published in 1988 found increased testosterone after administering antler velvet as well as a marked increase in liver function in the form of additional protein in the liver. The Japanese research further found that deer antler velvet inhibits an enzyme called MAO-B that increases with age and is linked to several "aging diseases," such as hardening of the arteries, senility, depression, and arthritis.



The Invermay Research Center in Otago, New Zealand, working with the Universities of Canterbury and Otago, has found in several studies that use of deer antler velvet improves cell growth and that antler velvet demonstrates anti-tumor and anti-viral properties. It has also emphasized the presence in antler velvet of the growth-promoting hormone factors IGF-1 and IGF-2. It is the human growth hormone that produces lean body mass through its influence on IGF-1 in the body. As the production of growth hormone decreases with age, this causes a corresponding decrease of IGF-1, which leads to muscle atrophy. The IGF-1 in deer velvet antler suggests the potential to counteract the ageing process.

A 1974 study in Russia found dramatically improved performance by athletes given deer antler velvet on an exercise cycle. Athletes not taking deer antler velvet performed on the exercise cycle 15 kg/m, whereas those given the antler velvet increased their work to 74 kg/m. Another Russian scientist, Dr. Taneyvia, produced research in 1964 claiming that administration of deer antler velvet improved the scores of young men on a mathematical test.

Dr. Arkady Koulton, for twelve years the Chair of the Medical Committee of the Russian Body Building Federation, has testified that the nerve- and muscle-strengthening effects of Pantocrine (deer antler velvet) have been employed successfully for years in Russian athletic training to increase endurance, recovery from fatigue, and boost athletic performance, leading to world record performances.

Animal studies by B. Wang (1988) and his colleagues found evidence of deer antler velvet’s anti-aging effects and also indicated a marked increase in the number of blood components that might affect the immune system. Scientists have also found high levels of calcium and magnesium in antler velvet. Calcium and magnesium have have been shown in other studies to reduce high blood pressure.

Their is still much to be learnt about the healing potential of deer antler velvet. Traditional oriental medicine uses antler velvet to:

  • Control blood pressure
  • Increase hemoglobin in the blood
  • Improve muscle tone
  • Glandular functions
  • Heal conditions as diverse as stomach ulcers, enlarged prostrates, and menstrual disorders

Taking deer antler velvet has resulted in dramatic improvement in a variety of diseases in individuals including:

  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Chronic eczema
  • Varicose veins
  • Gout

Other uses of deer antler velvet has been to ameliorate the pain and inflammation of:

  • Arthritis
  • Joint pain
  • Back problems
  • Muscle fatigue or weakness.

It is regularly used for post-operative recovery of patients in Russia.

In many countries deer velvet antler is used as an aid for individuals who are trying to recover from debilitating diseases or disorders that affects muscle strength.

Future research discoveries about the healing properties of this remarkable nutritional supplement will no doubt occur.

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