IGF-I: Velvet antler also contains several growth factors, with significant levels of insulin-like growth factor (IGF-I). The presence of IGF-I along with other related co-factors and growth hormone precursors, further encourages absorption of chondroitin sulfate I the body. A study at Oxford University showed that IGF-I promoted muscular development, prevented muscle breakdown and slowed he deteriorating effects of aging.
PROSTAGLANDINS: Prostaglandins, naturally found in velvet antler, have been shown to reduce swelling associated with arthritis and injury, infection and pain.
Collagen: Most of the collagen in velvet antler is collagen type II with type I also present in lesser amounts. Collagen type II has been used with some success in both experimental animal and human studies to treat some types of rheumatoid arthritis.
Research is now underway at the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta to determine the effectiveness of velvet antler on rheumatoid arthritis. Previous studies have suggested that collagen type II and other compounds naturally found in velvet antler may be effective in relieving rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.
VELVET ANTLER AND ATHLETES
Velvet antler has been shown in numerous studies to have several performance-enhancing effects for athletes. Studies conducted in Russia and New Zealand have shown enhanced muscle composition, endurance and recovery times. A recent study of American weight lifters conducted at Benedictine University further validated these findings. At the end of the study, weight lifters that had been taking velvet antler had greater aerobic capacity less muscle damage, and greater strength and stamina.
VELVET ANTLER AS A NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMANT
The fact that velvet antler has been used for over 2,000 years to treat a wide variety of conditions does not mean it is a miracle cure. However, many health-related problems result from nutritional deficiencies. The wide variety of nutrients naturally found in velvet antler address many of these imbalances safely and effectively, without the side effects of commonly prescribed drugs.
WHAT IS ELK VELVET ANTLER?
Elk Velvet Antler is a nutritional supplement produced from the inner core of an elk’s antler during the velvet stage of growth. When elk antler is “in velvet” it contains the highest levels of nutritional properties. It is humanely removed in early summer. Male elk grow a new set of antlers each year, which makes velvet antler an annual renewable resource.
Velvet antler is naturally made up of a variety of complex nutrients known to be important to good health including protein (including all essential amino acids), collagen, lipids (all essential fatty acids including omega 3 and 6), glycosaminoglycans (contains high level of chondroitin sulfate), growth hormones and growth factors. It also contains many essential minerals and trace elements including calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium and phosphorus.
Velvet antler has been fundamental medicinal ingredient in Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 2,000 years, second only to ginseng. It has been cited in historical medical texts from China and Korea as both a protective and curative tonic for the treatment of anemia, arthritis, impotence, dizziness, insomnia, wounds and pain. Velvet antler has also been used to make Lu jing, a Japanese medicine used to rejuvenate and provide added energy. In Russia, pantocrin, an alcohol-based extract made from velvet antler is used to increase athletic performance.
North Americans are also now beginning to recognize the benefits of velvet antler as an effective anti-inflammatory agent for the treatment of arthritis and other inflammatory disorders., North American velvet antler users also report experiencing increased stamina and energy, improved immune system function, and accelerated healing from surgery and injury.
Dr. Clinton Balok is a practicing veterinarian at Cedar Animal Medical Center in Gallup, New Mexico who began using velvet antler on his patients in 1997. Since that time, Dr. Balok has used velvet antler on hundreds of animals with an 80% success rate for joint and muscle problems and also for accelerated healing. “I look at the condition and anything ath glucosamine or chondroitin sulfate would work on, I find that velvet antler works better. I use it post-surgically and on orthopedic fractures, major wounds and trauma. It is also good for hair coat. I ust it in a lot of geriatric patients and it seems to energize them because of the general pain relief it gives. I also use it for tendon, elobow and muscle soreness as well as hip dysplasia when it’s not too advanced”
Dr. Balok’s experience using velvet antler on his own dog Chip: “Chip was 12 years old and could barely move. Age and an active life were taking a toll on him. …The effects of elk velvet on Chip were remarkable. After a period of time he moved with much greater ease and could go up and down stairs again, and his appetite and coat improved. Chip’s quality of life improved greatly and his life was extended more than a year. Chip was the first of many animals I have watched respond favorable to elk velvet.” Clinton Balok, DVM, Gallup, NM.
Additional, Dr. Balok has noted positive effects in horses when used top;ically for hoof and hair growth and most notable, accelerated wound healing. He has also found it to be very helpful for older cats as a “whole well being effect for geriatric cats”. Velvet antler has also shown positive effects on athletic animals by preventing soreness after heavy workouts and speeding up muscle recovery time.
(Dr. Clinton can be reached at email@example.com. Comments or questions are encouraged)
GOOD NEWS FOR PETS! Research study confirms elk velvet antler “ was effective in alleviating the condition (arthritis) in arthritic dogs.”
Observations by Western researchers have noted the anti-inflammatory effects of velvet antler and the fact that significant amounts of chondroitin sulfate and collagen are naturally found in velvet antler. In February 2004, the Canadian Veterinary Journal published results of a new University of Montreal study which scientifically evaluated the health benefits of a velvet antler supplement administered to dogs suffering from osteoarthritis (Canadian Veterinary Journal, Volume 45, February 2004, pages 133-139). The results of this study showed that velvet antler significantly improved the dogs’ gait, daily life activities, and vitality. Modern research and positive results substantiate what Traditional Chinese Medicine has known all along, elk velvet antler works!