What is Deer Velvet
What is Deer Velvet Antler?
Male deer grow antlers every year and ‘velvet’ is the name given to each year’s antlers in their early stage of growth. These antlers are soft and covered in fine ‘velvety’ hair, hence the term “velvet” or “Deer Velvet Antler”. If not removed, the antlers harden and calcify into sharp bony structures which the deer use as weapons. Deer Velvet Antler grows very quickly at up to 20mm each day. This process of annual regeneration is unique to deer.
A completely natural product, Deer Velvet Antler is used for a wide range of general health promoting benefits. Some of the most common uses are assisting the body's immune system, supporting stamina, athletic performance and restoring the body to general balance and wellbeing.
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Why is Deer Velvet Antler removed?
What is not widely known is that in the wild, the male deer sheds antler each year, and in this respect the harvesting of Deer Velvet antler is merely the modification of a natural event. Indeed, for deer farmed in Australia, it is recommended that Deer Velvet is removed each year, in order to prevent stags using them as
weapons and damaging themselves and other deer, as is common in the wild.
Does this removal process hurt the deer?
Absolutely not! In Australia, Deer Velvet can only be removed by veterinarians or specially trained and certificated farmers under a programme developed in consultation with animal welfare groups approved by the Australian Government’s Animal Welfare Advisory Committee. This ensures that all Deer Velvet removed for use in our products complies with a removal process, which causes no stress or injury to the animals.
Does Deer Velvet take time to be effective?
Individual results will vary dependent upon many factors, and for the type of health benefit being sought. Many individuals report experiencing benefit by their second to third week of use.
What about research on the health benefits of Deer Velvet?
Deer Velvet Antler has been and is still currently being researched all over the world. Recent research conducted has shown the positive effects of Deer Velvet:
- In stimulating the immune system
- As an anti-inflammatory
- In improving athletic performance
- In promoting growth
- Recovery from sports injury and the prevention of injury due to exercise
Properties of Deer Velvet
Deer Velvet is a rich source of trace elements, minerals, selenium, amino acids, growth factors IGF -1 and IGF-2, collagens for cartilage, Alkaline Phosphate for tissue and cell Repair, Neutrophils for the immune system, Pantocrine for muscles, Chondroitin for joints, Uronic Acid for circulation and Hyaluronic Acid to lubricate joints. Deer Velvet is also a natural anti-inflammatory.
We recommend taking one or two capsules a day. Velvet can have a stimulating effect so is best taken earlier in the day to avoid high energy levels at night.
In Traditional Asian Medicine, typical doses are prescribed at up to an equivalent of four capsules a day. As a general tonic we recommend one or two capsules a day. Toxicity studies have shown no harmful effects from taking velvet.
Some people feel benefits from taking velvet almost immediately however many health problems arise over many years so it can take a some time to restore normal health.
For further information or if you have specific questions, please contact us
Deer Velvet – Sexual Enhancer?
As the Western world looks to synthetic drugs to treat sexual problems, deer velvet antler is widely used for this purpose in Asia. While drugs such as Viagara provide a temporary solution, they also have negative side effects. Injections of testosterone may also provide a temporary solution in restoring sexual capability, but may adversely affect the body’s own production of sex hormone.
Deer velvet antler increases sexual pleasure and desire. It reduces the factors that reduce sexual function such as tension, anxiety and stress. It can lower cholesterol and normalise blood pressure, which are factors that can lead to erectile dysfunction. Deer velvet antler enhances the blood and improves muscle tone. Deer velvet antler also builds endurance.
Deer velvet antler is rich in amino acids and other major and trace elements, which are vital for health and sexual well being. These include precursors for growth hormone like Insulin Like Growth Factors (IGF), leutinizing hormone (which stimulates the production of testosterone in the testis) and anti-inflammatory prostaglandins. Deer velvet antler naturally boost testosterone levels, and has been scientifically shown to stimulate growth and increase the weight of both the seminal vesicles and prostate.
Deer velvet antler contains both the male and female hormone precursors including testosterone, which stimulates growth and sexual potency in both men and women. Chinese doctors have used antler velvet for male incontinence and prostate problems for thousands of years. They also treat frigidity, low libido and infertility with this magical substance.
Deer velvet's reputation, as an aphrodisiac is widespread. The effects of velvet and velvet extract on patients with sexual disorders has been widely documented, especially by Russian clinical researchers, with the result that it is regarded as one of the most effective known remedies for impotence and other sexual problems. It increases the libido and the general sexual function and is found to normalize menstruation and the symptoms of menopause.
Deer velvet antler demonstrates androgenic and gonadotrophic effects through regulating the activity of the sex organs. The sex hormones estrogen, testosterone and a substance similar to progesterone have been identified at low levels may help to explain the belief throughout the Asia that deer velvet invigorates the sexual activity.
Deer velvet antler not only gives you more energy, but also is a potent immune system stimulant and sexual pleasure enhancer. It is one of nature’s most effective rejuvenating sexual boosters.
Deer antler velvet in traditional Chinese medicine is regarded as highly as other health treatments such as ginseng and ginkgo. Deer velvet antler's sexual pleasure enhancing features have been known in Asia for centuries.
How has Deer Velvet stood the test of time? The answer is simple, it works and has no known side effects.
Deer velvet antler is composed of a variety of different tissues, including cartilage. Deer velvet is rich in collagen – a crucial protein, glycosaminoglycan which helps form cartilage, proteoglycans which regulate water retention and cell differentiation. Proteoglycans also helps proliferate chondrocytes in cartilaginous tissue.
Velvet antler contains nearly 40 key compounds including:
- Chondroitin sulfate, a carbohydrate that attracts fluid into proteoglycan molecules and protects cartilage from destructive enzymes.
- Glucosamine sulfate, the building block of cartilage and a reported anti-inflammatory easily absorbed by the body.
- Lipids, to build cells and boost energy.
- Prostaglandins, powerful anti-inflammatory agents.
- Monoamine-oxidase inhibitors, which enhance mood.
- Selenium, which reduces infections, and protects blood cells, the heart, liver and lungs.
- Calcium, for bones, teeth, nerves, blood clotting and muscle contraction.
- Collagen, a major structural protein that binds joints together and serves as a main component of articular cartilage.
- Phosphorus, which helps build bones and teeth, and is a key component of metabolic reaction.
- Polysaccharides, which helps regulate blood clotting activity.
- All essential amino acids, the building blocks of protein.
- Potassium, for nerves and muscles.
- Magnesium, to help cells restore and release energy.
- Bone morphogenetic protein, which speeds bone growth.
- Growth factors, which aid in cartilage cell development