Deer antler velvet is a supplement.
Also known as velvet antler, the ‘velvet’ in the name refers to all parts of the soft velvety-haired young antler, including the shaft or stick of the antler.
Velvet antler sticks are not bone and are actually a unique high-protein tissue.
It grows on bucks, stags and bulls in the spring as peptide-hormones for growth and regeneration are secreted for very-fast size increases of the antler stick.
During summer, when all parts of the velvet antler stick are in a growth stage, it is optimally harvested for best nutrient concentrations.
The two most commonly used deer antler velvet species for supplements are:
1. Plum Blossom Deer (Cervus Nippon Temminck)
Raised on traditional family farms in rural china.
2. Red Elephant Deer (Cervus Elaphus Linnaeu)
Commercially ranch-harvested in New Zealand
Deer Antler Velvet Sections:
Antler velvet grows out from the center to the entire surface skin along the stick.
Most active constituents are found towards the skin which is protected by the velvety hairs during growth.
There are three general parts to a velvet antler stick which are known as the wax, blood and bone pieces.
- The tips and tops are known as the wax piece due to a larger volume of gel-like lipid-hormones and peptide-factors which form the basis for antler growth.
- The middle of the stick is the blood piece because of stimulated blood-flow which feeds the stem-cells to speedily lengthen the antler with harder forming collagen.
- The bottom has peptide mineral enzyme co-factors to create hardened bone and is called the bone piece for what it will directly become in the fall if it were not harvested.
Different parts are used for different benefits; and all parts work synergistically together, depending on how they are formulated, to create a holistic supplement for the benefits that we want.
For further adventure see our blog post – What Are the Benefits of Deer Antler Velvet