What is the Best Deer Antler Velvet Supplement? August 22, 2015 10:10 6 Comments
There are many manufacturers of deer antler velvet supplements in the market.
From capsules, to liquids, to powders and tinctures they all differ in their actions, efficacy and ability to produce the effects and results we seek through supplementation.
What are the criteria for selecting a deer antler velvet supplement?
There are several factors, but, foremost, one should select the supplement that contains the maximum amount of viable constituents.
Capsules and powders are easy to measure if there are no added fillers.
But sprays, liquid extracts and tinctures are much more difficult to determine, especially if one does not immediately know the ratios, servings, and potency.
Read your deer antler supplement label.
If you are trying to find out how much deer antler velvet is in the bottle and you can't directly see what is in the serving it will be very difficult to achieve proper dosage.
Does your supplement have additives and preservatives?
Also be sure the product isn't clumped together with several added ingredients, especially if there are preservatives like citric acid and potassium sorbate, flavorings or something else odd like Aloe Vera.
If one checks a few brands out there it is easy to see why some people may feel like there is deer antler velvet scam going on or that this subject itself is about a deer antler velvet hoax.
Is this seriously supposed to be a deer antler velvet supplement?
But with 1,000 milligrams to 2,500 milligrams average in many branded deer antler velvet sprays someone would have had to drink the whole bottle to get one daily dose! That can get expensive very quickly.
Is your extract Hydro-alcoholic?
Traditionally, in the time-honored industry of tincture extraction the solvent should be hydro-alcoholic for full potency. Do not buy a supplement made from glycerin as you are being scammed.
Alcohol is required to extract many of the beneficial constituents and water is able to extract everything that is soluble in water. In fact the Russians and Japanese made a pharmaceutical drug from the alcohol extract alone - its called Pantocrin.
Alcohol and water are 99% absorbable.
And how about glycerin "extracts"? This is defrauding the liquid extract market. Glycerin has very poor solubility and cannot extract effectively. These deer antler sprays that use glycerin are actually powders mixed in a glycerin filler base. In fact, glycerin is poorly absorbed regardless the fancy technologies used, so what are these folks telling people?
Below is a professional comparison of Tonic Tinctures and some of the other deer antler velvet supplements found in the market.
Which is the best?
New Zealand Deer Antler Velvet 2 oz. Liquid Extract
The New Zealand Deer Antler Velvet supplement we artisan handcraft uses the pile of velvet you see as part of the extraction process. It is a 1:2 extraction ratio or one ounce to two ounces of final concentrated extract. Each dropper is therefore equivalent to approximately 500mgs of raw antler velvet. Because we process in house we are able to pull a concentrated hydro-alcoholic extraction, without heat, a total of four times on the slices before they are exhausted and completely utilized yielding a think liquid extract that is 35% alcohol by volume.
We at Tonic Tinctures have been manufacturing our liquid extract tinctures commercially for over 6 years with many satisfied clients.
Brand Q 2 oz.
The market is full of these multi-ingredient formulation under several different labels, one being used by a large corporate supplement retailer. They list deer antler velvet on their label, but do so with nearly a dozen other ingredients including Aloe Vera, Niacin, Artificial Flavors, Glycerin and a couple preservatives added for good measure. The label will state 300mgs or 1000mgs per serving, but of what ingredient?
These manufacturers make no claim as to potency or the industry standard of extraction ratio concerning deer antler velvet. They use one singular growth factor out of more than a dozen, IGF-1, in nanograms (ng), as the sole marker of potency. Yes, it is true deer antler velvet does contain nanogram doses of IGF-1.
Numerous clients have taken these products prior and find that these sprays quickly lose efficacy. Make sure your antler velvet is fully loaded by knowing how it works and making an informed decision - How Does Deer Antler Velvet Work?
Brand X 2 oz.
Brand X claims to use an extraction that is over 70:1. At first appearance this does indeed seem quite amazing until one checks their units for their ratio and find out that they mean over 70+ pounds deer antler velvet extracted into 1 pound deer antler velvet extract. This is done with laboratory equipment and must go through an additional step of adding this powder extract to a glycerin filler base before they call it an "Extract Liquid". But they have extracted nothing into the liquid. They simply add the pile you see of about 5,000 milligrams deer antler velvet extract, to their "pure" supplement that is a glycerin based fluid containing artificial flavorings and preservatives.
About glycerin "extracts", this is defrauding the liquid extract market. Glycerin has very poor solubility and cannot extract much of anything. These deer antler sprays that use glycerin are actually powders mixed in a glycerin filler base. In fact, glycerin is poorly absorbed, so why do they use it? Perhaps as a preservative?
Power Velvet 2 oz. Liquid Extract
The Power Velvet supplement we artisan handcraft uses the pile of velvet you see as part of the extraction process. It is a 1:1 extraction ratio or one ounce to each ounce of final concentrated extract. Each dropper is therefore equivalent to approximately 1000mgs of raw antler velvet. Because we process in house we are able to pull a concentrated hydro-alcoholic extraction, without heat, a total of four times on the slices before they are exhausted and completely utilized yielding a think liquid extract that is 55% alcohol by volume.
Brand Z 1 oz.
Brand Z claims to use an extraction that is over 40:1. By now we can recognize something is amiss from our previous example. And checking their website we can verify 40+ pounds deer antler velvet are extracted into 1 pound deer antler velvet extract. As before this is done with laboratory equipment and must go through the additional step of adding this powder extract to a pure hydro-alcoholic liquid. They honestly admit that you are purchasing 1,000mgs of their extract powder in 1 oz. of fluid.
Brand Y 1oz. Spray
This company calls their supplement deer antler velvet and lists this ingredient on their label along with artificial flavors, preservatives, and soy stabilizers. But the potency of their deer antler velvet cannot be deduced as they use only IGF-1 as the marker for deer antler velvet potency. Yes it is true that deer antler velvet contains IGF-1. And then they offer several different strengths of homeopathic nanogram doses of IGF-1 for increasing greater amounts of money. What about the rest of the antler velvet?
Brand T 2 oz. and 1 oz.
Brand T is available from specialty purveyors of tonic adaptogens on the internet and on eBay. They also and sometimes deceivingly use an extraction ratio which can be 3:1, 8:1 or 20:1. As before, if we check the units for their ratio this is pounds raw material into pounds powder extract. And yet they put this extraction ratio confusingly in their marketing material or even on their bottle. But how much of this extract is in the bottle? What is the potency concerning viable effects and results? How does one implement proper dosage into their supplement program?
Which manufacturer maintained Purity, Potency and Concentration?
As a company with a formulator of artisan handcrafted tonic adaptogen liquid extracts, who is educated and versed in the industry standard of traditional medicinal tincture production, Tonic Tinctures fully discloses potency and processing techniques. We do not confuse powder extraction ratios with fluid extract ratios. We put the power of tonic adaptogenic supplementation into your own hands. And we are sure you will taste, feel and experience such potency in each and every bottle.