Velvet antler extract has been used in Eastern medicine for over 2000 years and is second only to ginseng in importance for the mainstay of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is also one of the world’s oldest raw super foods because of its incredible nutritional properties and lack of a caloric impact. Thousands of papers have been published on the manufacture, composition, and biochemical effects of deer antler velvet and its constituents. Research has consistently revealed a host of health benefits and is used by a wide variety of people, including those who are looking for safe anti-aging solutions and athletes looking for natural performance enhancers.
What is VAE?
Our extract is made from concentrated deer antler velvet. This refers to the velvet-like material that covers the growing antlers of male deer. Our extract is made from both the velvet covering and cartilaginous material beneath.
Velvet antler extract provides a more extensive collection of nutritional components than any other single source used for dietary supplements. The biochemical matrix found in the live, growing tissue contains a complete range of beneficial growth factors, saturated fatty acid molecules, phospholipids, minerals, glycosaminoglycans, extracellular matrix components, and complete array of amino acids.
Why Deer Antler Velvet?
Antlers are the only mammalian appendages capable of continuous regeneration. They can grow at a rate of over two centimeters per day, representing the fastest rate of organ growth in the animal kingdom. Each year a symmetrical pair begins growing in a cartilaginous state and then calcifies before falling off and regenerating. These appendages can grow to over six feet in diameter and weigh several hundred pounds in some cases. In the cartilaginous state, they contain an abundance of growth factors and protein-based structures. Some scientists believe that the key to restoring damage and deterioration in humans may lie within the regenerative properties of velvet antler extract.
Wound Healing Abilities
Deer antler velvet and cartilage contain high concentrations of insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I), transforming growth factor (TGF), and epidermal growth factor (EGF) that are crucial for restoring damaged tissues. These factors have a profound effect on tissue injuries, as demonstrated by numerous studies. Research has shown significantly increased expression of growth factors in skin treated with velvet antler extract versus the controls. The benefits include faster wound healing, thicker skin, stimulated hair growth, and enhanced fibroblast activity.
Skeletal System Repair
Glycosaminoglycans, such as chondroitin sulphate and glucosamine chondroitin, which have been established as natural remedies to reduce pain, stop joint narrowing, and even alter the pathology of osteoarthritis, can be found in great abundance in deer antler velvet. Studies have demonstrated the effects on arthritic joints and other skeletal system disorders. Supplementation has been shown to reduce or eliminate joint swelling and distortion, inhibit the development of arthritis, significantly increase fracture healing rates and bone mineral density, and even increase bone width and osteoblast cells.
The ability of deer antler velvet to inhibit microbial and fungal growth by enhancing immunological function and suppressing inflammatory cytokines has been demonstrated in recent research. Macrophage and splenocyte activity may be increased by velvet antler extract supplementation.
Performance Enhancing Effects
Explosiveness, muscle recovery time, endurance capacity, strength, and body composition can all be improved with the use of deer antler velvet. VAE supplementation has been shown to reduce body fat and resting creatine kinase levels and increase strength, time to exhaustion, anaerobic performance, and VO-2 max.
RNA Synthesizing Capabilities
For the past 25 years, Chinese scientists have been demonstrating that velvet antler extract can exert anti-aging actions by promoting the synthesis of protein and RNA. Supplementation has been shown to increase the weight of the liver, brain, and testis, as well as enhance the activity of RNA polymerase and protein synthesis in the liver and kidneys.
With Alzheimer’s disease affecting a startling percentage of our aging population, products that have the ability to inhibit the decline of cognitive function are of great interest. A recent study conducted using memory impaired mice concluded that velvet antler extract supplementation may have the ability to increase the activity of antioxidant enzymes, ameliorate memory deficits, and improve long term memory.