Deer antler is an extraordinary natural phenomenon which grows large quantities of hard bone in a very short time. The hard antler is in fact dead tissue which remains part of the body for a further 9 months until it drops off and is replaced through a new growth cycle.
What is Deer Velvet Antler?
‘Velvet’ is deer antler in its growing state.
Deer antler is hard, dense bone which can weigh over 20kgs.
Each spring the hard antler is cast (drops off) as the new antlers begin to grow.
They can grow at up to 2 cm and 200 gm per day.
Velvet is packed with unique nutrients and ingredients which enable this extraordinary and unique biological growth.
Scientists have identified many minerals and elements including 30 free amino acids and many other compounds including growth factor agents and hormone like substances.
These are implicated in the wide-ranging health benefits attributed to velvet.
When antler is growing it is tender and fragile. In New Zealand velvet removal is performed under a mandatory protocol to ensure animal welfare.
An additional benefit of harvesting antler is that stags without antlers are safer for all concerned, especially other deer, for the 9 months when the antler is hard.
How does Velvet benefit health?
Velvet is a tonic to the blood.
With healthier blood you benefit from better circulation, more nutrients and oxygen delivered to every part of the body and more efficient elimination of waste and toxins.
Velvet is not a drug producing a specific medicinal effect.
It is a 100% natural product of normal healthy animals.
It simply makes us more healthy thereby improving our immune system and the performance of every part of body including general health, fitness and stamina.
What does Velvet contain?
Scientists have identified at least 12 minerals and elements, 30 free amino acids and many other compounds including growth factor agents and hormone like substances. These support some of the extraordinary values attributed to velvet. Clearly, for a substance like deer antler to grow, very special nutritional and other agents are required. Calcium levels are very high but the calcium is in a soft form prior to the antler calcifying.
Is velvet an Adaptogen?
An Adaptogen is defined as a natural substance which directs an abnormal biological activity back towards normal, thus enhancing it's ability to adapt to stress including disease, degeneration (ageing) and toxins. This concept can be best understood in the context of velvet as a tonic to the blood.
Is velvet an Aphrodisiac?
Mention 'velvet' to many people and they immediately think 'aphrodisiac'. Reason suggests that this concept has substantial validity.
Better health leads to increased vitality, stamina and better performance in so many ways! Indeed, many users of deer velvet have even reported such benefits for themselves. The following qualities are traditionally given to velvet and/or verified by modern research:
The gonadotrophic effect - in experiments on small animals velvet has been shown to increase the size of the sexual organs, (both male and female);
Velvet is traditionally prescribed for sexual and fertility problems (both male and female), including 'health of the sperms';
Velvet has been shown to increase stamina and performance in scientific studies, qualities supported by leading international athletes;
Velvet increases health and vitality, qualities relevant to sexual performance. In short, velvet can be considered an aphrodisiac as a result of improved health and vitality.