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Deer antler powder supplements for bodybuilding have grown increasingly popular over recent years.
This is partly due to their testosterone boosting and immune system enhancing benefits.
But is there a difference between the efficacy of deer antler powder, pills, or sprays? When it comes to knowing how it works, and which form is the most effective, it’s important to do your homework.
Don’t believe all the hype or marketing ploys or even those before and after photos you see promoting the product.
Deer Antler Powder Reviews
Not all deer antler velvet products are created equal.
As with any supplement or drug, the form it takes can have an impact on its effectiveness.
Milligram strength and dosage recommendations are also important considerations when determining what type of a drug or supplement to purchase.
What’s the difference between a product in powder, pill, or spray form?
While it’s generally understood that capsules release ingredients faster than a solid pill or tablet form of a medication regardless of milligram strength, it’s also important to remember that anything that is swallowed must pass through the digestive system first.
The digestive system and the acids it produces during digestive processes can alter, interfere with, and sometimes destroy the benefits of the medicine.
The same can be said of pure deer antler velvet supplements.
One of the main components of deer velvet is IGF-1 or insulin-like growth factor.
It is well documented that growth hormone is easily destroyed in the stomach, so taking the pills is next to useless and a waste of money. But what about powder-filled capsules? Ditto.
A capsule is also dissolved in the stomach.
Components of that capsule are then released and gradually absorbed through the stomach or intestinal lining. While this is fine and good for a number of drugs, the same is not true with growth hormone.
By the time the deer powder supplement, at least in capsule form, is digested and absorbed by the stomach, the sensitive growth hormone component is literally destroyed.
You’ll do better when it comes to efficacy by choosing a spray. It is sprayed into the mouth or under the tongue (sublingual).
The mucosal lining of the mouth is packed with small blood vessels, allowing for immediate absorption and delivery through the bloodstream without being destroyed by stomach acids.
What Results & Benefits Can I Expect From Deer Antler Powder?
A number of manufacturers of deer antler velvet powder claim numerous benefits in regard to the presence of IGF-1.
Some of those benefits include:
Energy boosting effects
Faster recovery from injury
Nutritional support for the musculoskeletal system, especially joints and joint functions
Enhanced immune system function
That’s what IGF-1 can do, but again, in pill form, these benefits are nullified. There is no doubt that the velvet contains a number of beneficial and healthy components such as:
Numerous amino acids required for protein synthesis
Prostaglandins (anti-inflammatory) – beneficial in reducing the pain and inflammation caused by bone and joint injuries and arthritis
Components that enhance synthesis of collagen and other connective tissues
It’s getting past the form of deer antler velvet that will determine whether the product you choose is effective or not. This is not to suggest that all pills or capsules or tablets are ineffective, because they’re not.
However, when it comes to IGF-1 or any growth hormone product, injections or sublingual forms of administration are recommended in order to achieve results.
What does the science have to say in regard to deer antler powder vs spray supplementation?
An article published in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism (“The effects of deer antler velvet extract or powder supplementation on aerobic power, erythropoiesis, and muscular strength and endurance characteristics.”) determined that findings in regard to the effect of the velvet powder on strength are inconsistent and more studies are required.
The findings of this singular study did not support the ability of the powder to improve aerobic ergogenic effects, nor its potential to increase red blood cell synthesis (erythropoiesis).
Additional studies in regard to the use of velvet antler are required, although some positive results have been seen in human trials for treatment of osteoarthritis.
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To date, no long term and large placebo-controlled studies have led to specific benefits promoted by antler powder or other forms of the velvet.
However, the same cannot be said of IGF-1, the main component of deer antler velvet lauded for its effects on growth, cellular differentiation and multiplication, and growth.
For greatest efficacy of this growth hormone factor, use the spray over deer antler powder or pill form for greatest benefits. As always, follow label instructions in regard to use. Results can differ among individuals based on age, weight, diet, and lifestyle.