A Summary of Velvet Antler
of Velvet Antler
First stated as the
"Pearl in the brow of the deer" by T'sao Kany Mu, an early
Chinese medical compendium. The first written record was shown in the book
called Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing, from the Hun dynasty, 206 B.C. to 220 A.D.
It's use goes back more than 10,000 years in the Orient. Chinese and
Korean uses of velvet antler for the specified health reasons are 2000
years old. It's use in European and English medications dates back well
before the 1700's. Mexico's Cora Indian tribes of Northern Mexico ate
scrapings as late as the 1920's. The harvesting and use of velvet antler
from various members of the deer family date back at least 2,000 years and
ever since then velvet antler has been a valuable folk medicine used by
the people of Tibet, China and Korea. Velvet antler is a highly
prized medicinal drug in these cultures. Also, uses are noted in Japan,
Taiwan and Hong Kong. Today, major producers are the major users of the
product such as China, Russia, Mongolia, Korea, and Munchuria. Antler is
also a renewable resource. The antlers grow new each year of the elks life
which can be 20 to 30 years.
|Antler is said
to build up the body's natural resources against disease or a chronic
condition. It is considered a great energy product. According to reports
from Russia, New Zealand, and the Orient, antler generates hemoglobin,
controls blood pressure, increases lung efficiency, improves muscle tone
and glandular functions, sharpens the wits, heals stomach ulcers, relieves
the inflammation of arthritis and eases the debilities of old age.
An early Chinese herbal written around A.D. 200 describes the uses
of growing antlers, "Deer Velvet tastes sweet and it's property is
warm". Pilose antler (velvet antler) used in the cardiovascular
system works on hypertension.
The Yin and Yang concept of medicine deals with balances. Velvet
antler is considered a good way of bringing the body back into balance and
to keep it there. The Chinese use velvet antler as a tonic to maintain
good health, cure sickness and to strengthen a weakened body. Velvet
antler is consumed for various purposes that include: to increase blood in
the body; to reduce kidney deficiency (insufficient secretion of sexual
hormones); to remedy cardiovascular disorders (anemia, low blood pressure
or hypotomia); to promote rapid healing; for recuperation and regeneration
of damaged tissue; to remedy sexual disorders in men (impotency, watery
semen, premature ejaculation, hypertrophy of prostate gland); to treat
menstrual disorders and menopause in women; and for treatment for cold extremities,
lumbago, clear and profuse urine, weight loss, slow growth in children,
weak bone and sinews, cold hands and feet, to bear colder weather,
The Koreans have compared it with our vitamins and health foods. One
dose does not lift an invalid from the sick bed overnight, or jolt the
impotent into mythic sexual prowess. The average Korean family buys about
30 grams of dried velvet a month.
Velvet antler has been used in Russia since the fifteenth century.
Organized farming for antlers, however, did not begin until about 1840 in
Russia. Pantocrin, a lipid extract of velvet antler was introduced in 1931
and has a long history of being used by Russian athletes. Both research
and clinical studies from Russia show beneficial results for athletes. Dr.
Arkady Koulton, M.D.,Ph.D. and past chairman of the Medical Committee of
the Russian Body Building Federation has conducted controlled studies on
Olympic athletes in the Soviet Union. Results have shown that athletes
taking pantocrin had significant endurance increases.
Today several world class athletes are benefiting from the use of
velvet antler. The Olympic Committee of Russia has approved a velvet
antler formula for training Russian sportsmen for Olympic Games 2000 in
Composition of Velvet
reviewing scientific research conducted on velvet antler Dr. Betty Kamen,
Ph.D has written a book called The Remarkable Healing Power of
identifies components in velvet antler:
- Amino acids - Including essential amino acids.
- Linolenic acid - The most significant of our essential fatty
- Phospholipids - The major structural lipids (fats) of most of out
- Minerals - Calcium, Phosphorus, magnesium, iron and potassium.
- Collagen - Protein substance of the fibers of skin, tendon, bone,
cartilage, and all other connective tissue; particularly collagen type
- Proteoglycans - Important for elasticity of joints, basic
structural building block of joint cartilage.
- Glucosamine sulfate - Component of chondroitin sulfate; necessary
for connective tissue.
- Prostaglandins - Naturally occurring anti-inflammatory agents.
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and Scientific Studies
over 250 articles, summaries and reviews have been published on the
studies and research on velvet antler. Research has been conducted in
Russia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, and Canada.
Since 1991, New Zealand scientists have researched the composition
and medical properties of velvet at the AgReasearch Inermay. Leader of the
New Zealand research team, and world wide expert on deer velvet research,
Dr. Jimmy Suttie, has announced that evidence of the medical benefits of
velvet antler is growing. Trials have shown that treating human white
blood cells with extracts of velvet antler stimulated the immune systems,
as measured by increased production of white blood cells. Other studies by
Suttie have demonstrated potent anti-inflammatory and growth stimulating
The institute of Biologically Active Substances in Viadivostock in
Russsia has turned out medical studies produced by Professor Israel I.
Brekhman and his colleagues. Brekman's tests for the pharmacological
activity of velvet were adopted as a standard quality test for velvet
antler in 1962.
In China, several articles have been written in Chinese on the
research carried out by a team of experts lead by B.X. Wang. A 1985 report
states that the polysaccharides in velvet antler may play a role in
observed anti-ulcer effect.
Leading the way in North America with research is the University of
Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Dr. Jeong S. Sim, Ph.D., professor at the University chaired the
first international symposium on Antler Science and Product Technology on
April 9-12, 2000 at Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. Leading antler
researchers from around the world will meet to lay a solid
scientific foundation for the antler industry.
As research continues on velvet antler it will further demonstrate
and validate the traditionally uses from cultures around the world for the
past 2000 years.
Review Research and Scientific
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of Nutritional Support
provided in the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA)
allow for use of certain statements called "statements of nutritional
support." The use of nutritional support statements must be
substantiated by sufficient scientific research. Nutrinfo Corporation, a
well-established regulatory affairs consulting firm in the dietary
supplement business has reviewed the scientific research on velvet antler
and concluded that there is substantiation to allow for the following
nutritional support statement: "nutritional support for joint
structure and function"
The key ingredients in velvet antler associated with the support for
joints are collagen Type II and chondroitin sulfate.
Many studies have shown most of the carbohydrate in antler is
proteoglycan, which is a combination of protein and carbohydrate. The
carbohydrate protein is primarily glycosaminoglycan, of which chondroitinn
sulphate is by far the predominant constituent.
Collagen is a protein, an important part of connective tissue, and
is the most common protein in the body. a report published by Nutrinfo,
indicated there is a significant body of scientific research which shows
that orally administered collagen may help relieve some symptoms of
rheumatoid arthritis for some people.
Antler from Meadow Creek Elk Farms
Meadow Creek Elk Farms offers premium quality
of 100% elk velvet antler harvested at the "velvet stage."
Velvet is the name given to antlers while they are growing and still in a
cartilaginous state. During this stage the antler is rich with nutrients.
Velvet Antler is classified as dietary supplement, known as a
multi-nutritional supplement for promoting endurance, stamina, and
strength, for resisting the symptoms of stress and fatigue and for
providing nutritional support for joint structure and function. The elk
velvet antler used in Meadow Creek Elk Farms, LLC(MCEF)
is dried, processed, microbiologically tested and encapsulated in 250 mg
capsules, and bottled 90 capsules per bottle.
On our farms in Wisconsin, we raise high genetic
bulls, who have a record of producing premium quality antlers. The
elk are pastured on alfalfa fields and supplemented with a mixture
of grains and minerals with no artificial additives.
- The antlers are harvested annually, under tight
guidelines outlined by the North American Elk Breeders
Association, using no drugs, and causing no harm or stress to
- The complete antler is dried and processed in an antler
drying facility, one designed after the original Korean methods of
- The ground antler is then micro biologically tested
(bacterial analysis-standard plate count).
- Encapsulation is done in a FDA inspected lab that
operates according to strict Good Manufacturing Procedures (GMP).
- Each Capsule contains 250 mg. of 100% elk antler, using
no additives or fillers.
MANUFACTURING AND QUALITY STANDARDS
standards start long before the capsules are bottled, they start at the
farm, where the antlers are produced. Choice herd management practices
that include sound nutritional habits are key in the result of the high
quality of our elk products.
MCEF uses The North
American Elk Breeder’s established "Velvet Harvesting
Guidelines," to achieve maximum nutritional value in harvested
antlers. Quality control practices for MCEF include processing standards
established to insure product reliability and consumer safety.
Raw Velvet - All velvet used in MCEF’s capsules ,
originates from either Meadow Creek Elk Farms or from elk farms in
Wisconsin and Michigan who supply velvet to MCEF.
Velvet Processing - All processing is done at a government
inspected antler drying facility per Federal or State regulations
- For product
quality, all drying procedures are approved by MCEF.
- Grinding and pulverizing
antler is done to meet requirements established by the FDA
- Every batch of
ground antlers used is 100 % velvet antler with no additives, using
the entire antler, including tip and base.
- A microbiological
analysis is done for each batch of processed ground antlers at a
pharmaceutical testing laboratory to ensure product safety. The test
includes the following: an aerobic plate count, salmonella, coliform,
E. Coli, Staphylococci, yeast and molds.
- Each batch of
antlers must meet the microbiological specifications established for
FDA approved Laboratories.
- Analytical results
are kept on file at MCEF.
- A copy of the
Laboratory Report is available upon request to all buyers.
Encapsulation - is performed at an FDA Inspected Laboratory
using General Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
- Each batch is assigned a
batch number and expiration date, which is identified and stamped on
- Sample bottles
from each batch are held in an accredited warehouse for traceability.
- Each bottle of
velvet antler is safety sealed to ensure consumer protection.
- All labels meet the
labeling requirements established by the Dietary Supplement Health and
Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA).
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