Elk Velvet Antler
Elk Velvet Antler is a nutritional supplement produced from the inner core of an elk's antler during the velvet stage of growth. When elk antler is "in velvet", it contains the highest levels of nutritional properties. It is humanely removed in early summer. Elk will grow a new set of antlers each year, which makes velvet antler an annual renewable resource.
Velvet antler is naturally made up of a variety of complex nutrients known to be important to good health including protein (including all essential amino acids), collagen, lipids (all essential fatty acids including omega 3 and 6), glycosaminoglycans (contains high levels of chondroitin sulfate), growth hormones and growth factors. It also contains many essential minerals and trace elements including calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus.
Velvet antler has been a fundamental medicinal ingredient in Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 2,000 years, second only to ginseng. It has been cited in historical medical texts from China and Korea as both a protective and curative tonic for the treatment on anemia, arthritis, impotence, dizziness, insomnia, wounds and pain. Velvet antler has been used to make Lu jing, a Japenese medicine used to rejuvenate and provide added energy. In Russia, pantocrin, an alcohol based extract made from velvet antler is used to increase athletic performance.
North American's are also now beginning to recognize the benefits of velvet antler as an effective anti-inflammatory agent for the treatment of arthritis and other inflammatory disorders. North American velvet antler users also report experiencing increased stamina and energy, improved immune system function, and accelerated healing from surgery and injury.