What Is It & Where Does It Come From?
Deer antler velvet is a name that’s used to describe the antler velvet harvested from the antlers of growing deer, moose, caribou and elk. The antlers are removed from the animal before they solidify into solid bone, and the velvet is harvested with no harm coming to the animal. Aspen Antler comes from our Antler Farms in Idaho and give us 100% control over our raw materials and production.
Deer antler contains wide variety of growth factors and other beneficial nutrients. Like calcium, magnesium, zinc, and a full spectrum of amino acids and anti-inflammatory prostaglandins. Most deer antler velvet sold as a dietary supplement comes from Korea, New Zealand or Australia. Our Antler Velvet Extract is 100% US antler, raised and manufactured in the U.S., using a proprietary extraction process that improves the quality, purity and effectiveness of our product. A concentration of 43x is optimal meaning we use 43lbs. of deer antler velvet to make 1lb of extract!
What Are Prostaglandins?
Prostaglandins are hormone-like compounds produced in body tissue that help control blood pressure, smooth muscle activity, inflammation, glandular secretion, calcium movement, hormone regulation, and cell growth control. Prostaglandins also control the substances involved in the transmission of nerve impulses, participate in the body’s defenses against infection, and regulate the rate of metabolism.
What Does It Do?
What Scientific Studies Give Evidence To Support This?
Deer antler velvet has been used in China for over 2,000 years as a medicinal treatment for numerous conditions and ailments.
While scientific studies on deer antler velvet are scarce, deer antler velvet has been used by traditional Chinese medicine as a treatment for infertility, joint inflammation, and hypertension. In addition, traditional medicine has used deer antler velvet to improve mental alertness and memory, boost immune system function, speed wound healing and recovery, slow aging, balance iron levels, improve libido in both sexes, and restore joint health.
Soviet scientists in the 1980s tested the effects of deer antler velvet on the performance of elite Russian athletes, and the results were astonishing. Deer antler velvet helped increase the strength and muscle mass of Russian athletes, and speed their recovery time from exercise.
The increases in strength helped the Russian athletes shatter new strength records at the Olympics and crush their American competitors. Most people take Deer Antler to improve muscle strength, mass and recovery time, improve libido, as well as for anti-aging purposes.
Glucosamine, Chondroitin, & Collagen
Deer antler velvet is a natural source of glucosamine, chondroitin, and collagen. The body uses glucosamine to manufacture glycosaminoglycans that are found in cartilage tissue.
What Are Glycosaminoglycans?
Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), also known as mucopolysaccharides, form an important component of connective tissues. Chondroitin Sulphate and Heparin are two well-known examples of GAGs.
Science has validated the use of glucosamine sulfate (the stable form of glucosamine with a mineral salt) as a treatment for osteoarthritis1, and both chondroitin and collagen show promise in arthritis treatment. The presence of these compounds may explain the effects of deer antler velvet on joint tissue.2,3
IGF-1 (Somatomedin C)
Deer antler velvet also contains male and female hormones, including Insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-1) – a hormone that’s produced in the liver as a response to growth hormone (HGH) stimulation. It is IGF-1 that causes growth in humans and is more abundant in babes; IGF-1 levels drop precipitously as we age. IGF-1 causes systemic growth in the body systems, bones, muscle, nerves etc.
What Is HGH, And How Does It Relate To IGF-1?
HGH stands for Human Growth Hormone (also known as Somatotropin), an amino acid produced in the pituitary gland of the brain. HGH plays an important role in human development by affecting skeletal growth. HGH levels are high during childhood, and peak at adolescence. During puberty, HGH levels determine height and bone size. After puberty, HGH levels start to decline, and by age 61 decrease to 20% of what they were at age 21.
HGH is continually produced throughout the human lifecycle, and continues to regulate the body’s metabolism. HGH is carried into the liver and partially converted into IGF-1
Increases in these hormones may also lead to increases in circulating levels of free testosterone. Deer antler velvet has been used to boost libido and sex drive, and the elevation of these hormones may explain these effects.
What Are IGF-1, Somatomedin C, And NSILA?
IGF-1 (Insulin-like Growth Factor 1) was known as “Non-suppressible Insulin-Like Activity” (NSILA) in the 1970s, and as “Somatomedin C” in the 1980s. IGF-1 is a protein hormone similar in molecular structure to insulin. IGF-1 plays an important role in childhood growth and continues to have anabolic effects in adults. IGF-1 is produced by the liver upon stimulation by HGH, and stimulates and regulates cell growth and multiplication in bones, cartilage, and nerve cells, among other things.
Who Needs It? What Are Some Symptoms Of Deficiency?
Deer antler velvet is not an essential nutrient and no daily requirement (RDA) exists. No symptoms of deficiency exist. Healthy adults can benefit from supplementing with deer antler extract as explained above.
How Is It Taken?
How Much Should Be Taken?
How Long Does It Take To See Results?
Are There Any Side Effects?
No side-effects are known, but Deer Antler Velvet does have a strong somewhat bitter taste. If you are buying a product that taste good, it likely contains no, or very little deer antler velvet. We use all natural grape alcohol as a preservative. Chemical preservatives degrade IGF-1; grape alcohol provides better bioavailability. It also gives our product a slight warming sensation when held in the mouth. Deer antler velvet is take sublingually for better absorption, as digestive secretions neutralize IGF-1.
It is not known if deer antler velvet interacts with other drugs as there is limited research. Some people may have allergies to deer antler velvet. So, it is good to start with a mid to lower dosage and build up. Follow the product directions for dosing. Most people start to see the effects in 3 to 4 weeks.
We recommend cycling the dosing, taking it for up to six months and then take one month off. Like all supplements everyone responds differently and our deer antler extract come in various dosages. We provide dosages from 5mg – 150mgs. to accommodate a wide range of uses. You can visit our website www.aspenantler.com for more information.
- Houpt J.B., McMillan R., Wein C., Paget-Dellio S.D. Effect of Glucosamine Hydrochloride in the Treatment of Pain of Osteoarthritis of the Knee. J Rheumatol 1999; 26:2423-30.
- Ghosh P., Smith M., and Wells C. Second Line Agenda Osteoarthritis. In Dixon, J.S. and Furst, D.E., EDA Second Line Agents in the Treatment of Rheumatic Disease, Marcel Dekker, New York, p. 383, 1992.
- Roden L. Effect of Hexosamines on the Synthesis of Chondoitin Sulfuric Acid in vitro. Ark Keml