Deer Antler Velvet to strengthen, protect and restore
Deer Antler Velvet comes from the antlers of male deer, and is the name given to the softer new growth that is covered in velvety hair. It’s been used in Chinese medicine for over two thousand years for its health giving properties.
It is rich in amino acids, essential fatty acids, collagen, glucosamine, chondroitin, omega 3 and omega 6, and many other important vitamins and minerals. These work together to help strengthen the immune system, support healthy blood pressure, boost energy levels, aid joint mobility, promote recovery, reduce inflammation and improve cardiovascular health and function.
A renewable resource
The antlers regenerate swiftly every spring (up to 2cm per day), and because of this quick growth, they are a rich source of essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients. The antlers are removed before they harden into bone. The Deer Antler Velvet is made from the middle section of the antler (brow tine and bez tine offcuts).
Made in New Zealand
This process is done by trained and accredited farmers and veterinarians here in New Zealand, who ensure minimum discomfort to the deer. The velvet is then freeze dried to preserve the nutrients and ground to a fine powder.
The uses of Deer Antler Velvet are many and varied, but they tend to fall into the general categories of support for: body strengthening, blood cell production, the immune system, healthy joint function and cardiovascular health.
Immune system support
Deer Antler Velvet has the ability to strengthen the body’s natural immune system, counter the effects of stress, and promote rapid recovery from illness. It is also used at the onset of winter to ward off infections.
Preliminary research led by AgResearch, which is co-funded by Deer Industry New Zealand (DINZ) and AgResearch, focused on the effects of deer velvet extracts on both innate and adaptive immunity. This early stage work is encouraging, with promising results, but there is still a long way to go before we can verify claims to support Deer Antler Velvet’s effect on the immune system.
Deer Antler Velvet is a natural source of anti-inflammatories such as chondroitin and glucosamine sulphate. It helps inhibit the breakdown of cartilage, and supports healthy joint structure and function.
Widely used by athletes to support improved sports performance, Deer Antler Velvet is an excellent promoter of recovery after physical activity and aids injury recovery time along with also being an injury preventive.
Research has shown that Deer Antler Velvet supports the oxygen carrying capacity of blood, facilitating healthy blood pressure and circulation. Blood pressure reduction is due to its ability to increase dilation of the peripheral blood vessels.
Back into balance
Men and women of all ages can benefit because it supports the body’s ability to adapt to and resist stress, diseases, degeneration and toxins. Deer Antler Velvet helps bring the body’s systems back into balance.
Are there any concerns?
As with all dietary supplements, you should not exceed the recommended daily dose and should consult your healthcare professional if you are on prescription medication.
Is Deer Antler Velvet WADA compliant?
Deer Antler Velvet can contain low levels of the naturally occurring substance insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), which is banned. These levels of IGF-1 are not measured routinely. As it’s a natural product with potential variability we are unable to offer any assurances.
Organisations like WADA do not offer any approvals or certification process regarding supplements, and we do not actually test the Deer Velvet Capsules directly for the type of chemicals that WADA would screen for.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) does not explicitly prohibit Deer Antler Velvet, but because some Deer Velvet products might contain the prohibited substance IGF-1, WADA advises that “athletes exercise extreme caution with this supplement because it could lead to a positive test. Athletes who use these types of products do so at their own risk.
In short, Skybright doesn’t endorse the use of Deer Velvet Supplements for athletes subject to WADA testing protocols.
Take two high-strength 500mg capsules daily or as directed by your healthcare professional. All doses to be taken with food. Not for use in pregnancy. Use as directed. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional. Each jar contains 100 Capsules. Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
Each capsule contains 500mg of 100% Grade A Deer Velvet from farmed New Zealand Red Deer (Cervus elephus). There are no artificial colourings, flavouring or preservatives. Encapsulated in a bovine hard gelatin capsule. With the bovine capsule, it is not certified Halal, so we wouldn’t be able to support that claim.
The information in this article is not intended as a medical prescription for any disease or illness. Nothing stated here should be considered medical advice. Use as directed. If symptoms persist, consult your healthcare professional.