Did you know that deer velvet has been scientifically proven to be beneficial in helping with some medical conditions?
According to Drugs.com, “The use of velvet antler was scientifically supported in compliance with FDA regulations for its beneficial effects in treating arthritis. Other therapeutically valuable actions include immune stimulation, antiaging, protective and rejuvenating effects, and beneficial effects in blood and circulation.”
Deer antler velvet is defined as “the epidermis covering the inner structure of the growing bone and cartilage, which develops into antlers”. The Drugs.com website states that when the velvet is heated, it may lose most of the benefits that are said to be associated with it.
One of the adverse reactions listed, though, called Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). CWD is a progressive, and always fatal, disease that occurs mostly in adult animals. Although, there have not been any reports of CWD being passed along to humans, it is a potential hazard. There is also an adverse reaction when the deer antler velvet is combined with morphine.
How do you ingest the deer antler velvet? The most recent study consisted of two to six 215mg pills daily. Apparently, it is becoming increasing popular–especially with athletes.
Just when I think nothing else can surprise me, I find out about this. I am interested to see what more long-term studies involving deer antler velvet produce for results in the future.
You can find more information on the benefits of deer antler velvet here: http://www.drugs.com/npp/deer-velvet.html.