Therapeutic Effects of Deer Antler Velvet
Research so far supports a therapeutic role for deer antler velvet in a number of conditions. Biological effects have been reproduced in some clinical experiments, but further research is necessary in order to determine modes of action, adverse effects, drug interactions and contraindications.
Deer antler velvet polysaccharides have been associated with antiulcer effects, the choline compounds to hypotensive actions. Glucosaminoglycans, glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate, have potent antiinflammatory effects and significant clinical implications in the treatment of osteoarthritis and other degenerative muscle, bone and joint conditions.
In addition, studies suggest that pep-tide growth factors, such as epidermal growth factor (EGF), may have a role in wound healing, and may be useful in the estrogen replacement therapies, since EGF supplants estrogen in genital tract development. IGF- I, luteinizing hormones and prostaglandins alter inflammatory events, muscular atrophy and androgen formation. Oxygen metabolism, blood cell formation and muscle tissue enhancement may stimulate rejuvenative and tonic actions that benefit athletes, the elderly and cardiovascular disease patients alike.
Deer antler velvet awaits scientific determination of its clinical efficacy in the treatment of RA. However, its collagen content indicates that its effects would be beneficial. In light of the collagen and GAG research that has been performed in clinical settings, and due to their concentrations in quality deer antler velvet products, deer antler velvet has received scientific substantiation to be marketed as dietary supplement for the support of healthy joint function.