Just because history and some researches tell the story about medical benefits of deer antler velvet, it does not mean it’s the perfect supplement without any cons.
First off, the supplement is surrounded by many controversies.
It is an IGF-1 source and that’s why velvet of deer antler is banned by sports organizations. IGF-1 or insulin growth factor is a good resource for athletes to maintain their stamina to stay on its peak. For this reason, some athletes that are suspect for using this supplement have to face the wrath of sports authorities and some inconvenient circumstances.
Aside from how sports organizations forbid deer antler velvet as part of athletes regimen as it contains IGF-1, on the contrary, the supplement is considered as a great resource to assist children that deal with growth problem that is known as Laron syndrome. IGF-1 somehow can accelerate sensitivity to growth hormone and/or act as growth hormone alternative so that children that suffer from this illness can grow normally.
Another thing which makes deer antler velvet draw too much attentions and controversy is because of its unique characteristic that is can’t be identified through ordinary urine test, but blood test, as it is reported by CNBC.com.
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According to its manufacturers that the products are made of the velvet like tissue material that covers male deer antlers.
To ease the consumption process for the buyer and to take health benefit from deer antler velvet, some manufactures will ground it and treat it as pills. Some will convert it as spray. Usually to let antler into the human body system, the spray is placed under tongue.
If you are looking for this supplement, you may not have to go far, since there are plenty of them available online and somewhere near you. However, this is something you need to know that FDA a bit “weak” to regulate products containing any deer antler velvet.
Hence, it is a bit doubtful whether the spray or the pill that you buy actually contains IGF-1 from deer antler velvet or not.
This makes room for a funny notion popping-up in your mind, if there is no guarantee about the existence of IGF-1 as the primary ingredient of the spray, then how the spray works?
Some deer antler products show distinctive results. Some show just good enough result while others are pure garbage. Hence, further study and comparative analysis of various brands of deer antler is needed.