Health Facts About Deer Antler Velvet Supplements

By Patrick Smith
Antlers are skull extensions that grow in species belonging to the deer family. They are not true bones, because they can regrow back after breaking. Whilst still growing, the antlers of an elk, moose, deer or caribou contain velvet which is harvested to produce Deer Antler Velvet Supplements. Harvesting must be done while the animal is growing, because by then, the velvet is still liquefied, and cannot pose any harm to it.

The extracted velvet contains various chemicals necessary for the growth of cells and bones. These include, magnesium, zinc, calcium, amino acids, anti-inflammatory substances and Prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are amino acids that regulate the functions of the endocrine system, regulates blood pressure, inflammation, cell growth. Further, prostaglandins regulate nervous functioning to a certain extent. Therefore, without these critical amino acids, the musculoskeletal structure could be very deficient.

During the latter years of the twentieth century, Soviet research experts conducted a survey to determine the impact that the antler velvet had on the general performance of the professional athletes, and the research test results were astonishingly surprising. The supplement drastically boosted muscular strength and mass in athletes who used it. In fact, the substances made athletes set world records in the Olympics, for they gained strength and stamina.

Scientifically, there has been no known research that has provided supportive evidence to the promotional claims usually heard of the enhancements. Experts say that the AGF1 in the velvet is the substance responsible for the growth of antlers. However, the effects after a while of supplementation are widely varied from person to person. In some, it enhances joint strength, whereas in others, it brings no evident changes.

Insulin-like Growth Activity, is a hormone with a similar molecular structure as insulin, and plays a critical role in the growth and development in children, yet it continues to have an impact in adults too. When the Human Growth Hormone is stimulated, it catalyzes the production of the AGF1 in the liver, which is critical for healthy bones, for it stimulates the development and multiplication of cells in bones.

There have been a lot of questions raised concerning the signs and symptoms of deficiency in adults. Well, the supplements are not important nutrients, and therefore, are not essential to your daily nutritional requirements. There are no known or observed symptoms of deficiencies. However, adult users can benefit by including them as a supplementary to their daily diet, because it boosts the stamina, and muscular strength.

Similarly, there have been fusses from several quotas that term the supplements as harmful to the health of a user. This is a misinformed notion, because there is scarcely any scientific backing to the claim. As a matter of fact, there have been no known side effects of antler velvet, and neither have there been proof to substantiate its interaction with other drugs.

Velvet harvesting is a very painful process, and sends the animal in an agonizing experience. A, entanglement of nerves and blood tubes run through the antlers. Hence improper extraction causes incessant bleeding that hurts the animal. For that reason, most governments are becoming more concerned about the matter. Actually, some have even gone to the extent of banning the harvest, in order to mitigate the reduction on animal population.

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