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Deer Antler Velvet Spray

by Ryan Carmody

While many companies who harvest deer antler velvet freeze dry it, grind it up into a powder and put it in either capsules or liquid extracts, other companies convert the liquid to a simple oral spray. Liquids and sprays make it easier for an athlete or anyone else to take and are generally more effective.

Deer antler velvet liquid sprays are literally just sprayed into the mouth, under the tongue. After spraying the liquid is held under the tongue for a few seconds and then swallowed. Do this two to three times a day and like athletes from the pro-golf tour to the National Football league you’re likely to experience what the pros say they are seeing in their performance-increased strength, endurance, energy and health.

Pills Versus Spray

The main argument in favor of using deer antler velvet in spray or liquid form is “bioavailability.” That means how fast and effectively a supplement or substance is absorbed by the body. Capsules, tablets and powders are swallowed. As a result, some of the potency or effectiveness is lost. If taken with food or liquids the potency can be reduced even further.

Sublingual Advantage

Many pharmaceuticals are designed for sublingual administration, meaning they are administered with the intent of being absorbed under the tongue. The sublingual advantage is profound. When liquid deer antler velvet, supplements, vitamins or other chemicals come in contact with the mucous membranes under the tongue they literally diffuse through the membrane and into the capillaries and on into the blood stream and directly into the Venus cavity of the heart. From there they are immediately pumped out into the body and available for use in seconds.

In contrast, tablets, capsules and powders that are swallowed must first go into the stomach, then the intestines and into the liver where they are metabolized before entering the general circulation-a process that can take up to an hour or more.

Pros of Deer Antler Velvet Spray

  • Deer antler velvet is absorbed better through a spray.
  • Less chance for stomach upset with the spray version. Not everyone is sensitive to capsules, pills or powders, especially if taken with meals, but for those who are, the spray version of deer antler velvet is preferred.
  • No food needed. If you need to have something in your stomach – even just a few bites of toast or cereal to keep from feeling the effects of medication or a supplement, a spray eliminates this problem.
  • Sprays are easier to carry and use since you don’t need liquids to wash down the capsules or powder. You can spray while you workout, run or in the car.
  • Faster acting.

Cons of Deer Antler Velvet Spray

  • Cost is the primary con for many people. Liquid, capsule or powder, deer antler velvet is expensive, costing about $24 to $58 for 30 to 60 capsules, but sprays are a little more expensive than that for fewer dosages.
  • With a liquid spray you’re not quite as likely to get an exact number of sprays depending on how full the bottle is when you spray or how much or how often you spray.

In conclusion, deer antler velvet sprays, like extracts, are the preferred delivery mechanism due to better absorption by the body, and ultimately greater effectiveness.

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