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Latest Research on Deer Antler Velvet

by Ryan Carmody

Latest Research on Deer Antler VelvetHealers and doctors in China have studied the effects of deer antler velvet for more than 2,000 years. The rest of the world however is just now catching up. It wasn’t until 1999 that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of deer velvet antler as a scientifically supported and compliant treatment for its beneficial effects in treating arthritis.

We have a long way to go to get approval for other uses. However, the discovery of other proven healing compounds in deer antler velvet has led to additional research around the world. More medical researchers are interested in finding out what else deer antler velvet can do.

In addition to the study of the compound in areas like athletics and muscle and joint healing, energy, and arthritis, dozens of new areas of medical research have emerged. Some of the most recent studies in New Zealand, Canada, the US, Russia and China include:

  • Deer antler velvet and its liver protecting factors
  • Deer antler velvet and blood vessel growth (Angiogenesis)
  • Deer antler velvet and gene function in antler growth
  • Deer antler velvet and tumor growth or retardation
  • Deer antler velvet and how sex steroids regulate the reproductive cycle
  • Anti-narcotic effect of deer antler velvet on morphine
  • Effect of deer antler velvet on cardiovascular health
  • Deer antler velvet and the reduction of high blood pressure

After noticing that animals eating deer antler velvet had more protected liver functions scientists began to study the liver protecting factors in velvet-studies which could lead to break-troughs in organ transplants and various liver disease processes.

Among the most exciting research going on right now is Angiogenesis, the study of the growth of blood vessels. Because deer antler velvet can often grow at the rate of 2cm a day medical science is assuming that the nerves, blood vessels and support tissues must also grow at that rate. What medical science wants to know is how that’s possible and how we can use that knowledge to help heal or cure other diseases wounds or medical trauma like burns, surgery and even cancers.

Many patients who must endure repeated doses of morphine for pain, such as burn victims, chronic pain sufferers and patients with cancers and other conditions may soon benefit from deer antler velvet. Researchers discovered that velvet antler water extract (VAWE) might be useful for the prevention and therapy of the adverse actions of morphine caused by the repeated administration of morphine.

Because an elk’s antler is the fastest developing animal organism in the world and grows as much as 50 pounds in less than a few months, scientists want to know what causes that growth rate. That growth factor researcher’s claim may be the very thing contributing to the amazing medicinal effects of antler velvet. The amino acids in antler velvet have already been shown to increase growth hormone levels in humans.

Studies showing a positive correlation between the consistent use of velvet antler and cardiovascular health have more than one researcher excited about the potential of deer antler velvet. Researchers found their human test subjects were able to endure larger workloads with a shorter recovery time between exercises after using deer antler velvet. The daily use of chondroitin sulfate A – a key element of velvet antler – was found to reduce the risk of fatal heart attacks and stroke by more than 400 percent.

Russian and Japanese researchers believe the polysaccharides in antler may also reduce the blood’s tendency to clot, improving circulation, decreasing stroke risk. In several studies they found that many participants with high or low blood pressure also showed changes in blood pressure toward normal after taking an alcohol extract of antler called pantocrin or rantarin. They discovered that the extract appears to lower blood pressure in both human subjects and laboratory animals.

Additional studies indicate that use of antler significantly cut the cholesterol level in laboratory animals and that new bone formation resulted following experimental whiplash injuries in rabbits fed deer antler velvet.

The possibilities for medical research are just now opening up, but why wait? Perhaps the best research to date shows that there are no side effects or contraindications for taking deer antler velvet.

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