Deer velvet is the most common term used to describe the male deer antlers in its immature state. The term “velvet” originates from its soft velvet hair that grows on the antlers until they mature.
The main reasons associated with the removal of the antlers from the male deer is to protect it injury and ensure the safety of other deer and staff alike. And that it has been harvested and used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for thousands of years.
In New Zealand we remove the antler following SPCA’s best practises to ensure the animals arent stressed (using a local anesthetic administered by local vet’s or approved and certified specialists in this field).
Deer Antler Velvet is considered one of the most unique superfoods available on the market today with an amazing 40 key compounds and 400 active ingredients, including the powerful protein IGF-1.
Research papers suggest that is the combination of all of the active ingredients and key compounds that provides a synergistic effect greater than that of the total effect of the ingredients taken in seperate doses.
So if you broke down all of the components in deer antler velvet and took them as an individual pill or dose you potentially would not get the same effect as you would by just taking it as 100% naturally formed pure deer antler velvet.
The effect of the naturally combined complete product is greater than the individual components combined outside of nature.
Many reviews into the effects of deer velvet suggest there are many additional benefits associated with taking it in its purest form which include anti-aging, stimulation of the immune system, supporting strength and growth when used for training in sport and the absence of known side effects on the system.
Traditional the Chinese have also been using this vital source for relief from some forms of arthritis and to help sexual function.