Further Clinical Trials for Rheumatoid Arthritis Suffers to take place with Deer Velvet Antler.

The Canadian Elk & Deer Farmer magazine ( Late Summer 2000) has announced that a grant totally one-quarter of a million dollars has been awarded to a Canadian Health Services Research Foundation for a three year study on the effects of elk velvet antler on rheumatoid arthritis suffers. Dr. Marion Allen, Professor of Nursing at the University of Alberta is the principal investigator of the triple-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial.

Complete details including the members on the research team were printed in the Late Summer issue of the magazine.

U.S. State University to do Clinical Trials with Velvet Antler

30 October 2000

As reported in “The Deer Farmer” magazine - a well-respected American sports performance research group has signed a contract to do clinical trials on Velvet Antler. A southern U.S. State University that is affiliated with the United States Olympic team has agreed to the 10 week trial on their athletes.

Results will be compared with the New Zealand study that showed improved strength and endurance during training and reported quicker recovery from muscle injury for the athletes using velvet antler. Results are to be released toward the end of this year.

Deer Velvet Boost to Strength and Recovery

New Zealand Game Industry Board

Monday 21 February 2000

The New Zealand Game Industry Board and AgResearch are working hard to prove scientifically - that New Zealand deer velvet may have a positive effect on athletic performance.

Although requiring further examination, the latest human clinical trials (conducted by the Otago University Human Performance Cente on behalf of NZGIB and AgResearch) do indicate a possible link between New Zealand deer velvet and improved athletic performance on two fronts; improved strength and endurance in response to training, and improved recovery from muscle tissue damage associated with exercise.

In the first study, scientists at Otago University Human Performance Centre compared the development of muscle strength and endurance in groups of males taking different forms of New Zealand deer velvet to a control group taking a placebo.

In the study, 51 male athletes undertook a 12 week period of supervised training during which strength and endurance were monitored. The group taking a powdered form of New Zealand deer velvet antler showed greater improvements in isokinetic strength and muscular endurance as a result of training than the control group.

The second study was designed to determine what role New Zealand deer velvet antler has in athletic performance by affecting recovery from muscle injury. A substance found in the bloodstream called creatine kinase, was used as an indicator of muscle tissue damage.



The thirty athletes in the trial ran downhill on a treadmill to induce muscle tissue damage in the muscles at the front of their thighs. Muscle biopsies and blood samples were then taken. Those athletes who had been on a course of New Zealand deer velvet powder for two weeks previously showed significantly reduced elevation of creatine kinase levels in their bloodstream, possibly indicating less muscle damage.

A trend also emerged in which athletes taking powdered New Zealand deer velvet reported a recovery from muscle soreness 24 hours earlier than the subjects receiving a placebo. The benefit of this is that they could return to training more quickly.

While not yet being a complete picture, the statistically significant results bode well for further research. Deer velvet is one of the few products where New Zealand accounts for the majority of world trade and any significant advances in the uses of deer velvet will be excellent news for the industry and the New Zealand economy as a whole.

Awareness of New Zealand deer velvet antler and its benefits is already high among New Zealand athletes. Hamish Carter, currently number one ranked triathlete in the World, is a firm advocate.

For further information please contact:

Michael-John ("MJ") Loza, General Manager Marketing, NZGIB Ph (04) 381 6012
Mb (021) 993389

Mark O'Connor, Velvet Manager, NZGIB Ph (04) 381 6013
Mb (025) 743 624

Dr James M Suttie, AgResearch Invermay Ph (03) 489 9228

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