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Why Do Athletes Use It?*
What Do the Advocates Say?*
Dosage & Side Effects
How Much Is Usually Taken by Athletes?
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.
Interactions with Supplements, Foods, & Other Compounds
Interactions with Medicines
Where to Find It
Last Review: 07-01-2014
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