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Deer Velvet Antler

The word antler is derived from the Latin Anteoculae, meaning “in front of the eyes.” Antlers are present in almost all members of the deer family Cervidae. Velvet antler is a type of cartilaginous tissue found in growing antlers. It is the tissue found inside antlers prior to calcification, before antlers become very hard. These antlers regenerate rapidly and commonly fall off, which are then used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for a variety of health benefits. Moose, elk and deer, in particular, produce new antlers yearly and are not harmed in any way during the removal of antlers. The use of velvet antler as a medicinal supplement dates back to 2000 years ago according to a scroll recovered from a tomb in China. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, velvet antler is considered a potent tonic that imbues the user with energy, stamina, and greater overall vitality.

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The chemical composition of deer velvet antler varies depending on its section (upper, middle, base). Each section contains different concentration of collagen, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, protein, lipids, amino and fatty acids, uronic acid, proteoglycans, glycosaminoglycans, and much more. In particular, collagen and minerals are more concentrated at the base, where as the antler tip is rich in chondroitin. The composition differences allow different sections of deer antler to be used for different medical purposes.  For example, the antler tip, called “wax piece”, is used as a growth tonic for children. The middle section, called “blood piece”, is used to treat adults with arthritis and related disorders. The bottom section, called “bone piece”, is used for calcium deficiency and geriatric therapies.

 

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Deer velvet antler contains a growth hormone called “Insulin-like Growth Factor 1” or IGF-1. Growth hormones, which are naturally produced by the brain and liver, regulate how our bodies grow. If the body doesn't produce enough growth hormones, dwarfism can occur. Research show that IGF-1 may be effective in healing cartilage and tendon injuries. First, the hormone aids in accumulating a building block of protein which is needed for cell growth, then it helps to increase the number of new cells around the base, quickening the healing process.

The energy enhancing aspect of deer antler comes over time as the body heals and grows healthier blood cells to improve oxygen transportation throughout the body; protect the liver from toxins; stimulate the production and circulation of blood and increase the number of red blood cells. This is precisely the reason why deer antler supplements have been a hit with professional athletes looking for a natural way to boost energy and enhance athletic performances.

In addition to its ability to aid healing and boost energy, deer antler is also known for strengthening the immune system; preventing osteoarthritis; improving eczema and psoriasis conditions; relieving symptoms of fibromyalgia and stabilizing blood pressure.