Veltvet Elk Antler, A Traditional Chinese Medicine Classic
Moose, elk and deer produce new antlers yearly (primarily males, except caribou/reindeer). When the new antler grows, it is covered with short hair which looks like “velvet”. It is referred to as ‘velvet antler’. This grows rapidly
Moose, elk and deer produce new antlers yearly (primarily males, except caribou/reindeer). When the new antler grows, it is covered with short hair which looks like “velvet”. It is referred to as ‘velvet antler’. This grows rapidly from about March or April until July.
Velvet antler refers particularly to the whole cartilaginous antler at a pre-calcified stage, rather than the velvety “skin” on growing antlers. The antler will become hardened (calcified) and will fall off before spring. The antlers, both calcified and the soft new ones, are an important ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine.
The Benefits of Velvet Elk Antler
Velvet antler usage in traditional Chinese medicine
Velvet antler has been considered a nutritional tonic ingredient and has been widely used in China for more than 2,000 years.Traditionally, in Asia, the antler is dried and sold as slices. Then, tea is prepared by boiling slices in water, usually with other herbs and ingredients.This tea has long been used to:
-Treat impotence in men
-Modulate the immune system
-Increase blood production in anemia
-Improve blood circulation
-Improve muscle strength and mental alertness
-Treat infertility in women
Velvet antler usage in Western dietary supplements
In the West, antler is dried and powdered, and consumed in capsule form as a dietary supplement. Famous athletes worldwide have noted the velvet antler product as a performance enhancer.
In particular, Canadian elk antlers have been a preferred source of velvet antlers for decades due to their superior size and quality.
Velvet antler benefit
Pure Canadian (Alberta) elk velvet antler powder is loaded with 24 amino acids, chondroblasts, chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine sulfate,glycosaminoglycans (mucopoolysaccharides) and anti-inflammatory agents.Together, they provide the following benefits:
① Enhances Energy – Elk velvet antler increases energy and muscle strength, and reduces fatigue. For this reason, body builders have been using elk antler for decades.
② Slows Down Aging – Elk velvet antler contains pantocrin which accelerates the natural process of regeneration within the body. It helps to maintain physical and mental function in elderly people.
③ Arthritis Relief – Elk velvet antler provides nutritional support for joint structure and function.It is rich in chondroitin sulphate, which has a powerful anti-inflammatory benefit.
Canadian Elk Velvet Antler
How is it harvested?
Health Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and the Alberta government have set strict regulations for the practice of elk ranching. Elk are raised on spacious farms with plenty of room to roam. This free-range environment promotes healthy and normal development.
All elk processed in Alberta undergo mandatory and rigorous testing. Elk ranching is a government-regulated industry controlled under the Livestock Industry Diversification Act. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency(CFIA) regularly inspects elk herds and tests for illnesses.
The antler removal process is approved by veterinarians.The harvesting is done under a protocol developed with the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association. This protocol requires training and certification of the owners/operators so that it is done humanely.