Deer Antler Spray – Facts to know

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Does it really work? Studies done by many researches state that there is not  much evidence that the Deer Antler spray works. But, with that being said when the components of the antlers are scrutinized we can see that maybe the best of the research dint come out yet.

Deer antler spray is prepared from the Insulin like growth factor or IGF-1, which is extracted from the antlers of a deer before they fully harden. The antlers are separated from the deer before they harden completely without harming the animal.  The deer antler velvet contains calcium, magnesium, zinc and so many amino acids along with anti-inflammatory prostaglandins.

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Prostaglandins are hormones produced in the body to control blood pressure, inflammation, glandular secretion, calcium movement, hormone regulation, cell growth control and smooth muscle activity. They are reported to cause a placebo effect, also participate in the body’s defenses against infection, transmission of impulses and regulates the rate of metabolism.

Composition and benefits

Deer antler is being used since time unknown in the eastern countries for medicinal purposes. It has been famously used for the treatment of infertility, joint inflammation and hypertension. It has also been used for improving mental alertness and memory, slow aging, iron level balancing, speed wound healing and boost immune system function. Deer antler velvet is a natural source of chondroitin, collagen and glucosamine. Growth hormones present in deer antlers are naturally produced by the brain and liver which regulate how our bodies grow. Studies have shown that taking IGF has proven to be effective in healing cartilage and tendon. The damage which happens to the joint cartilage due to repetitive trauma is healed by taking IGF supplements.

IGF is similar to the estrogen hormone in the body. It helps the bones. Deer antler sprays when used for osteoarthritis has a lot of promise.

Deer antler spray is used to enhance performance by many athletes around the world. This is thought to repair injured muscle, heal faster after workouts, boost endurance and increase performance etc. When, so many athletes believe in this then it is likely that there is some truth to it. Recently,  Ray Lewis the Baltimore Ravens linebacker was allegedly charged that he had used Deer Antler spray to recover from a triceps injury. The NFL had banned the substance a few years ago, so there was a controversy which said he had taken though Ray denied any such news.

How long does it take to work?

When people question about the duration it takes for Deer antler spray to work, its not a easy question to answer. As there are many factors which decide that. The quality, quantity, the weight of the person and the body type along with following a proper diet and exercise determine the duration it takes to show results. New Zealand is believed to be the best exporter of this. The antlers there are examined and carefully extracted from the deer by veterinary doctors who also take care so as to not hurt the animal.