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The Benefits of Deer Antler Supplements

By on May 18, 2017 in News with 0 Comments

If you followed sports news in the period of 2011-2013 you may remember the massive controversy over the use of deer antler spray. Several athletes were accused of using it to get around the ban on more traditional supplements. Most notably, linebacker Ray Lewis was accused of using it to help recover from injury faster. Now, deer antler supplements are not as famous as other types of health supplements, but deer antler supplements have a long history and a proven track record. Deer antler supplements have been used in Chinese medicine for centuries to treat a variety of conditions. More recently deer antler supplements have found their way into the west, and deer farming has become a huge industry in some countries, most notably New Zealand. Contrary to what the name suggests, ‘deer’ antler supplement is not just made from deer, it can also be made from the antlers of growing elk, moose, or caribou. Although it is banned by most major sports leagues like the NFL and the MLB due to having growth hormone properties in it, it will only become more popular as a health supplement as people begin to realize that it has tremendous health benefits and pretty much no serious side effects.

What does it do?

When a stag is about 8 weeks old, their antlers are considered to be ready to be harvested. The antlers will be harvested from the stag (and it should be added, that it is done in such a way that the animal experiences minimal pain). Once the antler has been harvested it will be dried and then made into various types of supplements. Deer antler supplement gives your body a wide range of growth hormones, proteins, and complex carbohydrates. Here are just a few examples of each:



  • A very important protein found all over the body in bones, ligaments, tissues, and muscles.
  • Collagen is an essential protein for the rebuilding of damaged muscles or tissue after a workout.

Amino acid

  • The building block of protein.
  • Amino acids help promote the growth and repair of damaged muscles or tissue.

Growth hormone


  • Stands for insulin-like growth factor 1. Because of the rapid growth of a deer’s antler, they are a major source of IFG-1.
  • The growth hormone IFG-1 is naturally produced by the human body, but as we age the levels of IFG-1 in our bodies begins to decline.
  • Growth hormones are important for speeding the healing of damaged muscles, tissues, and cartilage.
  • IFG-1 specifically is associated with speeding the healing of tendon, joint, and other muscles issues.

Complex carbohydrates

Chondroitin sulfate

  • This carbohydrate has two uses. First off, it has strong anti-inflammatory properties. Secondly, it can be used to help maintain cartilage or regenerate cartilage that has become damaged.


  • This carbohydrate is used to help keep the joints lubricated and make cartilage stronger and more resistant to damage.

There are of course many more helpful compounds in deer antler supplements, but these are just a few that give you an idea about the benefits of deer antler spray. As you can see from what we have listed so far, the benefits of deer antler spray primarily target the muscles, ligaments, joints, cartilage, and tissues.

What is it used for?

Based on what we have seen so far, it is obvious deer antler spray is primarily used for helping athletes and bodybuilders recover from injuries faster. This allows them to get back onto the field quicker or build muscle quicker. But, there are a large variety of other conditions where deer antler spray can be helpful. Various types of arthritis, bone and muscle issues and even high blood pressure can all be managed with the use of deer antler supplements.


Millions of people worldwide suffer from various forms of arthritis (in North America alone, somewhere over 50 million people suffer from Arthritis), including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Patients who suffer from these conditions experience severe pain in their joints and will often experience intense swelling as well. When it comes to osteoarthritis, doctors have long recommended the use of anti-inflammatory agents to help combat the effects of arthritis. One anti-inflammatory that is often recommended is chondroitin sulfate. Chondroitin sulfate has shown to be extremely effective when it comes to reducing inflammation in arthritis patients. One clinical study followed a group of 146 osteoarthritis patients who were given chondroitin sulfate; the study found that over a period of 3 months their symptoms steadily declined. As we said earlier, deer antler spray contains chondroitin sulfate, as well as several other anti-inflammatory agents which can be useful in fighting the symptoms of osteoarthritis.

When it comes to rheumatoid arthritis, clinical studies have consistently found that collagen is helpful in reducing pain in the joints and swelling around the joints. In one study 60 people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis were given a form of collagen referred to as “type II collagen.” After a few months, many patients reported that they were experiencing massive improvement and a few others reported that they experienced no symptoms at all. While studies are still being done, early reports show that collagen can help massively with the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Deer antler supplements contain collagen, and along with its other anti-inflammatory agents, should prove to be an effective method for fighting rheumatoid arthritis.

Boosting the immune system

In humans, there are specialized types of white blood cells known as “monocytes.” These monocytes are formed in the bone marrow and play an important part in your body’s immune system. Early studies show that deer antler supplements increase the number of monocytes produced by the body. This leads to an increased ability to fight off infectious and dangerous diseases. Like many of the benefits of deer antler supplements, it still needs further study to truly understand exactly what in the deer antlers causes this increase in monocyte production. Still, this shows just how beneficial deer supplements can be. They are not just for rebuilding muscles or helping athletes recover, they can also help everyday people who may need their immune system boosted.

Reducing tumor growth

Now, if you look at other places, you may see people advertise that deer antler supplements have anti-cancer effects. This is untrue. Deer antler supplements are not able to cure cancer and people suffering from cancer should not use deer antler supplements in place of regular cancer treatments. However, deer antler supplements have shown some potential when it comes to reducing the growth of tumor cells. The science behind it still needs to be explored further, but if it pans out, deer antler supplements could become a powerful way to inhibit the further growth of tumors.

High blood pressure

Some people suffer from hypertension, which essentially means that they have a very high blood pressure. Deer antler supplements have shown to help reduce blood pressure in those who suffer from hypertension. Numerous studies have been done on deer antler supplements and have consistently shown that it is extremely effective in reducing both systolic and diastolic pressure. The reason why deer antler supplements are able to lower blood pressure seems to be linked to a weakening of the walls of the blood vessel. Now, most of the studies done on blood pressure were using what is known as “pantocrin,” which is an alcoholic extract made from deer antler that was originally made in Russia but has since become popular in other parts of Europe. That does not mean that other deer antler supplements would be less effective at reducing blood pressure, it is just something to keep in mind.

This is just scratching the surface of all the various health benefits associated with deer antler supplement. As more and more research is done, it is likely that more health benefits associated with deer antler supplements will be discovered. One thing that needs to be stressed is that deer antler supplements are not just for athletes or bodybuilders. Deer antler supplements are an all- natural way of dealing with a variety of health issues.

Types of deer antler supplements

Traditionally, deer antler would be cut and boiled into a soup or made into a tea. But, the benefits of doing that are questionable and besides, nowadays people prefer more modern methods of getting the health benefits of deer antlers. There are primarily two types of supplements, sprays, and pills.


Deer antler supplements can come in pill forms. The powered deer antler is put into a capsule, which is then ingested. However, taking pills to get the benefits of deer antlers is the less effective method for two reasons. Firstly, the effects of the deer antlers are diluted because the pill needs to go through the entire digestive system before it can get into the bloodstream. Secondly, many companies will include other supplements along with the deer antler.


Spray is the more effective method of getting the benefits of deer antlers. A person will spray the deer antler extract under their tongue, where it will be immediately absorbed into the bloodstream. Deer antler spray is a lot more powerful and a lot more natural than pills. This is why deer antler spray is the more popular deer antler supplement.

Scientific studies

If you want to read more about the benefits of deer antler supplements, there are 2 great scientific studies that can give people a lot more information on the health benefits of deer antlers. First off, there is a 2001 study done for the University of Saskatchewan. The study is a literature review, meaning it compiles a large body of the previous research done on deer antlers. The study notes that current research suggests that there are a lot of benefits associated with the use of deer antler supplements, but that more research needs to be done. The study also notes that there are difficulties in researching the effectiveness of deer antler supplements due to the lack of good scientific studies on the matter.

Another study was commissioned in 2003 by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation; which is owned by the Australian government. The study, much like the previous one, notes that current research suggests that deer antler supplements have significant health benefits. The study also notes, much like the previous one, that the west has been slow to adopt deer antler supplements and that there is a lack of scientific studies on the matter.


If you knew nothing about deer antler supplements, hopefully, this has helped open your eyes to the various benefits of these supplements. While the supplements will continue to be used primarily by those seeking to heal from injuries faster or bulk up faster, hopefully, more and more regular people will learn about the benefits of deer antler supplements. So, if you find yourself suffering from issues like arthritis, general muscle or joint issues, high blood pressure, or one of the many other issues we covered in this article, then you might want to consider giving deer antler supplements a try.

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