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
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)
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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