Deer Antler Extract

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Uses

Deer antler extract may contain the hard base of deer antlers in powdered form, the velvety covering on deer antlers, or some combination of the two. Deer antler base has a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine, as documented in classical Chinese texts dating to more than 2,000 years ago. Deer antler velvet is a newer addition to the dietary supplement market, becoming more popular only in recent years.
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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for Why
1 Star
Athletic Performance
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Deer antler base has a long history of use in Chinese medicine, and deer antler extract is being studied to determine its potential as a way to improve athletic performance.
Deer antler base has a long history of use in Chinese medicine, and deer antler extract is being studied to determine its potential as a way to improve athletic performance.1 , 2 , 3The extract is purported to contain insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), which is a banned substance for many professional athletic competitions.

How It Works

How to Use It

Manufacturers recommend varying doses, based on the form of the supplement. For powder, capsule, and tablet supplements, manufacturers typically recommend 500 to 1,000 mg per day. For liquid supplements, manufacturers recommend three sprays daily.

Where to Find It

Deer antler extract is found in dietary supplements. It does not occur in a typical Western diet.

Possible Deficiencies

There are no dietary or nutritional deficiencies for which deer antler is recommended or prescribed.

Interactions

Interactions with Supplements, Foods, & Other Compounds

At the time of writing, there were no well-known supplement or food interactions with this supplement.

Interactions with Medicines

As of the last update, we found no reported interactions between this supplement and medicines. It is possible that unknown interactions exist. If you take medication, always discuss the potential risks and benefits of adding a new supplement with your doctor or pharmacist.
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Side Effects

Side Effects

At the time of this writing, there are no well-known or consistently documented side effects caused this supplement. Some health experts express concern, and some research supports, that this supplement may be contaminated with infectious particles called prions, which cause chronic wasting disease in deer and elk. Prions, which are not broken down by high heat or other forms of processing, have been implicated in causing mad cow disease in cattle, and new variant Cruetzfeldt-Jakob disease (nvCJD), a neurodegenerative disease, in humans.

Deer antler extract is purported to contain insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), which is a banned substance for many professional athletic competitions.

References

1. Gilbey A, Perezgonzalez JD. Health benefits of deer and elk velvet antler supplements: a systematic review of randomised controlled studies. N Z Med J 2012;125:80-6.

2. Wu F, Li H, Jin L, Li X, Ma Y, You J, Li S, Xu Y. Deer antler base as a traditional Chinese medicine: A review of its traditional uses, chemistry and pharmacology. J Ethnopharmacol 2012; 145:403-15.

3. Wu F, Li H, Jin L, Li X, Ma Y, You J, Li S, Xu Y. Deer antler base as a traditional Chinese medicine: A review of its traditional uses, chemistry and pharmacology. J Ethnopharmacol 2012; 145:403–15.