Deer Antler Velvet as a Health Supplement

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What is Deer Antler Velvet?

Deer antler velvet refers to the whole cartilaginous antler in a pre-calcified stage. Deer velvet antler can be divided into sections. The upper ‘wax piece’ section is used as a growth tonic for children. The middle ‘blood piece’ section is used to treat adults with arthritis and related disorders. The bottom ‘bone piece’ section is used for calcium deficiency and geriatric therapies. Moose, elk, and deer produce new antlers yearly, primarily the males.

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What is IGF-2?

What is IGF-2

IGF-2 or Insulin-like Growth Factor 2 is one of three protein hormones that share structural similarities to insulin. It is a well-characterized neutral peptide secreted by the liver to circulate in the blood. It has growth-regulating, insulin-like, and mitogenic activities. The growth factor has a major, but not absolute, dependence on somatotropin. It is believed to be a major fetal growth factor in contrast to IGF-1, which is a major growth factor in adults.

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IGF-1 Side Effects: Are They for Real?

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IGF-1 – Insulin-like Growth Factor – is an experimental drug that represents the next generation in performance enhancing in bodybuilding and even professional athletes. This peptide hormone also has the promise of becoming a sort of ultimate fountain of youth. As the world has finally caught on to the fact that world-class athletes from all sports have been using steroids and other performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), the athletes themselves have moved on to the next generation of substances.

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Deer Antler Extract from Deer Antler Velvet and Its Benefits

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Deer antler extract refers to the IGF1 extracts taken from deer antler velvet from the whole cartilaginous antlers of deer, moose, and elk. Moose, elk, deer, and stags in Australia and New Zealand antler farms are not harmed or killed for the velvet antler. The procedure is supervised by licensed veterinarians and the animals are subject to local anesthesia and restrained during antler removal. Between 55 to 65 days of growth the antler is cut off near the base after it is about two-thirds of its potential full size. The procedure is generally done around December in Australia and New Zealand and June in the US and Canada.

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What is IGF1 in Deer Antler Velvet?


Just what exactly is IGF1?

An endocrinologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, Dr. Spyros Mezitis, explains that IGF1 or IGF-1 is an insulin-like growth factor or growth hormone that naturally occurs in the body and circulates in the blood. A person’s endocrine system contains a pituitary gland that produces a chemical called growth hormone. This hormone is what helps children grow into adults by making their bones stronger and helping their bodies mature.

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