Writing in the North American Elk magazine
Writing in the North American Elk magazine, Frederick Obey has summarized the results of modern research on velvet antler. This research has been conducted in eight general areas:
Velvet antler has been shown to boost testosterone levels. (This hormone promotes male characteristics.) It has also been shown to boost estrogen levels. (This hormone promotes female characteristics.) The estrogen hormone most affected by velvet antler is estradiol. Estradiol is a precursor to testosterone.
Blood Building Effects
Tests with preparations of velvet antler have shown it to increase production of both red blood cells (to a higher degree) and white blood cells (to a lesser degree). These facts are linked with velvet antler’s ability to increase oxygen uptake to the brain, liver and kidneys.
Protection Against Stress
Velvet antler helps the body to maintain homeostasis against heat, cold and electric shock. This has been linked to velvet antler’s ability to decrease mast cell degranulation.
Protection from Liver Damage
In a controlled test, velvet antler helped to protect lab animals from liver damage by carbon tetrachloride.
Stimulation of Growth
Velvet antler is an extremely rich, fast growing tissue that contains many growth factors. Elk can grow up to 50 pounds of new bone in approximately two months. Due to its fast rate of growth, velvet is being looked at as a model for studies on osteoporosis, arteriosclerosis, as a possible graft for healing fractures.
Recent studies in Japan show that velvet reduced signs normally associated with senility. This is probably due to its hormonal effects.
Recovery from Traumatic Injury
Antler, as an extremely fast growing tissue, is comprised of many cell types. These include: fibroblasts, chondroblasts, chondrocytes and others. All of these are required for healthy growing bones and tissue. Velvet antler is high in calcium and phosphates which aid in the healing of bones. Research has shown that velvet antler helps to heal neural (nerve) tissue. This mechanism can be explained by velvet antler’s ability to enhance glycosis to nerve tissue. Velvet antler’s relationship to recovery from traumatic injury could possibly explain its effectiveness against arthritis.
Reduction of Blood Pressure
Blood pressure reduction is due to velvet antler’s ability to increase dilation of the peripheral blood vessels.
Velvet antler is also widely known as an aphrodisiac. Its reputation as an aphrodisiac originated through ancient medicine and folklore from the East. According to modern research, velvet antler has shown gonadotropic activity. This means that it can stimulate growth and increase the weight of both the seminal vesicles and prostate.
Velvet antler can boost hormonal activity, increase oxygen uptake to the brain, liver and kidneys, decrease the rate of muscle fatigue, and promote muscular growth. It is extremely useful for both physical and mental activity as well as promoting healing.