Velvet antler provides a more extensive collection of nutritional components than any other single source used to provide raw materials for dietary supplements. The biochemical matrix found in the live, growing velvet antler contains a complete range of beneficial growth factors, saturated fatty acid molecules, phospholipids, minerals, glycosaminoglycans, extracellular matrix components, and a complete array of amino acids.
The presence of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) in deer antler velvet is one of the components we are particularly interested in. Growth hormones are naturally produced by the brain and liver. However, this production is not guaranteed in the case of rare disease. Additionally, the levels of IGF-1 produced by the adult bodies are lower, and supplementing with products containing deer antler velvet brings the growth hormone levels up a bit.
Dietary supplements like our deer antler velvet products are rich in IGF-1, which can benefit children with certain diseases affecting their growth, as well as help adults with healing cartilage and tendon injuries. This process is possible since the hormone helps increase the amount of new cells produced by the body.
Antlers are the only mammalian appendages capable of continuous regeneration. Growing at a rate of one inch or more per day, they represent the fastest rate of organ growth in the animal kingdom. Antlers can reach an impressive size of over six feet in diameter and usually weigh several hundred pounds. Each year, they transform from cartilage to a state of calcification before naturally falling off and regenerating. Observing this phenomenon yearly clearly indicates the production of amazing growth factors.
The regeneration of deer antler is made possible through the high production rate of IGF-1 that occurs during the summer months, which coincides with both the reproductive period of the animals and the antler’s accelerated growth period. Using non-harmful harvesting methods, BioProtein collects raw material during the antler’s cartilaginous state, for they are they are richest in nutrients at that time. The yearly harvest provides IGF-1, growth factors, and other protein-based structures that are later used for dietary supplement products.
The deer antler velvet used in the products of BioProtein Technology comes from the elks we raise on our ranch in Idaho. This gives us the opportunity to control the production process, from the conception of the animal to the bottling of our products.
We place particular attention in ensuring a harvesting process that serves the needs of the animals while also providing us with the highest quality deer antler velvet. After the antler is clipped, it goes through our three-step extraction method and is packaged in optimized glass bottles to best preserve the product.