deer antler velvet

Deer Velvet Boost to Strenght and Recovery

Deer Antler Velvet Boost to Strenght and Recovery April 24, 2007

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The New Zealand Game Industry Board and AgResearch are working hard to prove scientifically – that New Zealand deer velvet may have a positive effect on athletic performance.

Although requiring further examination, the latest human clinical trials (conducted by the Otago University Human Performance Cente on behalf of NZGIB and AgResearch) do indicate a possible link between New Zealand deer velvet and improved athletic performance on two fronts; improved strength and endurance in response to training, and improved recovery from muscle tissue damage associated with exercise.

In the first study, scientists at Otago University Human Performance Centre compared the development of muscle strength and endurance in groups of males taking different forms of New Zealand deer velvet to a control group taking a placebo. In the study, 51 male athletes undertook a 12 week period of supervised training during which strength and endurance were monitored. The group taking a powdered form of New Zealand deer velvet antler showed greater improvements in isokinetic strength and muscular endurance as a result of training than the control group.

The second study was designed to determine what role New Zealand deer velvet antler has in athletic performance by affecting recovery from muscle injury. A substance found in the bloodstream called creatine kinase, was used as an indicator of muscle tissue damage. more.

The thirty athletes in the trial ran downhill on a treadmill to induce muscle tissue damage in the muscles at the front of their thighs. Muscle biopsies and blood samples were then taken.

Those athletes who had been on a course of New Zealand deer velvet powder for two weeks previously showed significantly reduced elevation of creatine kinase levels in their bloodstream, possibly indicating less muscle damage.

A trend also emerged in which athletes taking powdered New Zealand deer velvet reported a recovery from muscle soreness 24 hours earlier than the subjects receiving a placebo. The benefit of this is that they could return to training more quickly. While not yet being a complete picture, the statistically significant results bode well for further research.

Deer velvet is one of the few products where New Zealand accounts for the majority of world trade and any significant advances in the uses of deer velvet will be excellent news for the industry and the New Zealand economy as a whole.

Awareness of New Zealand deer velvet antler and its benefits is already high among New Zealand athletes. Hamish Carter, currently number one ranked triathlete in the World, is a firm advocate.

For further information please contact:

Michael-John (“MJ”) Loza, General Manager Marketing, NZGIB Ph (04) 381 6012 Mb (021) 993389

Mark O’Connor, Velvet Manager, NZGIB Ph (04) 381 6013 Mb (025) 743 624

Dr James M Suttie, AgResearch Invermay Ph (03) 489 9228

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Deer Antler – Nutrional Support for Joint Structure and Function April 23, 2007

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The first health care claim of deer velvet antler to be substantiated by scientific evidence, in compliance with US Food and Drug Administration dietary supplement regulations, was announced by the North American Elk Breeders Association (NAEBA) recently. Executive Director Ben Coplan said the determination, made by two consulting firms hired by NAEBA, Nutrinfo of Watertown, Massachusetts and Tradeworks Group, Inc. of Brattleboro, Vermont, is a significant breakthrough for the nation’s 1,400 breeders of farm-raised elk.

According to Coplan, the Nutrinfo report states there is a reasonable basis to claim that velvet antler helps relieve the symptoms of arthritis. However, a disease claim may not be used for a dietary supplement in the US; therefore, the acceptable statement for product labels and advertisements of a dietary supplement would be “provides nutritional support for joint structure and function.”

“This determination, by two of the leading dietary supplement firms in the world, is “just what the doctor ordered” for the members of our growing agricultural industry,” Coplan said.

Many studies have shown most of the carbohydrate in antler is proteoglycan, which is a combination of protein and carbohydrate. The carbohydrate portion is primarily glycosaminoglycan, of which chondroitin sulfate is by far the predominant constituent. One study cited by the Nutrinfo report evaluated the clinical efficacy of chondroitin sulfate in knee osteoarthritis. Treatment with 3 X 400 mg doses per day for 90 days provided significant relief from symptoms as reported by patients. “We intend to research and substantiate other health benefit claims for velvet antler,” Coplan said.

“We want to carefully research the potential benefits of velvet antler supplements for supporting the immune system, anti-aging, muscle strength and endurance, and sexual vitality.”

Deer velvet antler has been highly regarded in traditional oriental medicine for two thousand years. It is consumed regularly by people of Japan, Taiwan, Korea and Hong Kong as a highly prized medicinal drug to treat blood loss, weakness, and chronic joint pain. Scientific studies in Canada and New Zealand are now verifying the health benefits of this important supplement.

“The scientific-backed health benefit claim will greatly expand marketing opportunities for velvet antler dietary supplements in the United States,” Coplan stated.

The FDA in the United States regulates claims for dietary supplements through a process, which is different than for medicinal drugs; it does not “approve” dietary supplements, but allows producers to substantiate structure/function claims through critical review of scientific studies.

In North America, farmers and ranchers raise approximately 110,000 elk, the largest of the deer family. Historically, the velvet antler harvested by North American farmers has been exported to Asian countries. As the natural foods and dietary supplement market has expanded in the U.S., farmers have turned their attention to the domestic market. Association headquarters is in Platte City, Mo.Copies of the scientific report on velvet antler are available from the NAEBA office.From: North American Elk Breeders Association

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New Zealand Athletes Taking Deer Velvet at Olympics April 22, 2007

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When Hamish Carter, lines up on Sunday to represent New Zealand in the triathlon event at the Sydney Olympics, 4 500 New Zealand deer farmers will be cheering extra loudly.

Carter, number 1 ranked triathlete in the world, has been taking New Zealand deer velvet for about two years now. He is convinced this dietary supplement adds to his own huge training efforts by assisting with his strength and endurance, and providing him faster recovery after training.

“Since taking New Zealand deer velvet I have found that my recovery from training, competition and even travel has been greatly enhanced” Hamish comments.

A completely natural substance, deer velvet provides many important benefits in traditional Chinese medicine and has been used consistently for over 2000 years. More recently Russian athletes have taken an extract of deer velvet to improve their athletic performances.

A joint venture between the New Zealand deer industry and AgResearch directs investment of over one million dollars per year into research on deer velvet to understand what makes it special.

The latest round of human clinical trials conducted by the Otago University Human Performance Centre has produced statistically significant results. The trials indicate a possible link between New Zealand deer velvet and improved athletic performance on two fronts; improved strength and endurance in response to training, and improved recovery from muscle tissue damage associated with exercise.

“In fact we have seven athletes at the Sydney Olympics who are taking New Zealand deer velvet,” says MJ Loza, General Manager Marketing at the New Zealand Game Industry Board, “including 1998 Commonwealth Games champion cyclist Glen Thomson, and Olympic bronze medalist Gary Anderson.

The athletes take New Zealand deer velvet because their experience has shown them that it helps them recover faster after training, so they are back on the road, in the water, on the track or in the gym faster” Loza explains.

In addition to its potential to enhance athletic performance, deer antler velvet may also have anti-inflammatory effects and may help prevent illness such as cold and flu by supporting the immune system. Both of these uses are important to athletes who often have weakened immune systems and joint-related ailments due to their heavy training schedules.

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What’s in Deer Antler Velvet Plus?

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Velvet deer antler is named after the soft, velvet-like covering that deer antlers have before they turn bony. Antlers are organs of bone which regenerate each year from the heads of male deer. In addition to bone, support tissues such as nerves also regenerate. Nerves grow up to 1 cm each day. Deer antler velvet contains many substances including amino acids, minerals, proteins, anti-inflammatory peptides, hormones, gangliosides and glycosaminoglycans, and Insulin-like Growth Factor-1. The composition of velvet supplements depend on the diet of the deer, climate, time of year, age of stag and the various concentrations of substances in different regions of the antler velvet itself.

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