IGF-1 and Deer Antler Velvet
If you’re like most athletes, you’re constantly seeking ways to get a leg up on the competition. Improved athletic performance has long been attributed to deer antler velvet consumption. In fact, Russian Olympians and athletes have been taking deer antler velvet supplements for several decades with great results. Modern research has identified one of the key components in deer antler velvet responsible for athletic gains, Insulin Like Growth Factor 1, more commonly known as IGF-1.
IGF-1 (also known as somatomedin C) is a hormone similar to insulin and is the most important of the four growth factors in the human body. A single chain of IGF-1 consists of 70 amino acids. An anabolic growth factor, IGF-1 stimulates new cell growth and cell regeneration in the body. It’s also recognized as being responsible for increases in lean muscle mass, decreased body fat, and improved healing and recovery times. Increases in muscle strength, size, and efficiency are also attributed to IGF-1.
When levels of IGF-1 are at their highest in the bloodstream, muscles tend to recover more quickly and return stronger and healthier. Athletes looking to take their game to the next level can surely benefit from shorter workout recovery times, whether weight training or cardiovascular, and increases in strength and energy.
Non-athletes can also benefit from the effects of IGF-1. Because the body’s growth hormone production declines as we age, IGF-1 helps prevent and in some cases even reverse signs of aging. Age related degeneration of muscles, skin tissue, and bones are positively affected by IGF-1. Faster healing and recovery from injuries and strains are also linked to IGF-1 and its regenerative effects.
There is an abundance of anabolic agents that mimic the effects of IGF-1 in the athletic world, but almost all have ill side effects. It’s generally a good idea to avoid isolated and synthetic substances not found in nature, which is why the presence of IGF-1 in deer antler velvet is so attractive. All of the substances present in deer antler velvet work synergistically to deliver the best and safest results.
An example of this is the chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine sulfate found in deer antler velvet, which IGF-1 encourages the absorption of, leading to healthier tendons, ligaments, joints, and bones. Another added plus for athletes and normal folks alike.
The number one antler velvet product I’ve tried and recommend, Surthrival’s Immortal Antler Velvet, contains 100 mcg’s of IGF-1 per bottle and 24 growth factors. For more information on the other deer antler supplements I endorse that will help you take your athletic performance to the next level, see my reviews page.